Following the recent decision made at the Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the Bank of England (BoE), borrowing rates remain unchanged at 5.25% for the month. This decision was closely debated after the decrease in both the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Core Inflation.
For the first time in 14 meetings, there was no increase in interest rates, signalling a potential shift in direction. Market sentiment suggests that this could mark the end of the upward interest rate cycle, bringing in a period of stability, which bodes well for the housing and mortgage markets.
Change in direction creating competition
Anticipating this announcement, the SWAPS market, which deals in future interest rates, was already trending downwards. Consequently, some lenders have begun offering residential 5-year fixed products at under 5% once again. Following the Bank of England's decision, several other major lenders have also announced substantial reductions in their rates, bringing them below 5%.
This trend extends to the Buy-to-Let market, where a variety of great new competitive rates have become available.
The new normal
It's expected that mortgage interest rates will now stabilise between 4 and 5% for a period of time. This adjustment represents an improvement from the rates seen over the past two to three months. Prospective buyers and sellers should take into account the heightened demand for properties leading up to Christmas and the New Year, which could potentially lead to an uptick in prices.
With the improved rates now on offer, borrowers not only stand to benefit from reduced borrowing costs, but may also find themselves able to afford slightly more. This means that the perfect first, or forever home, may now be within reach.
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Mortgage Services Director
Capital Private Finance