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This is our take on recent news in the mortgage market. Our views are often cited in several national publications, including; BBC News, The Times, Telegraph, City AM, FT Adviser and Daily Mail, as well as a number of key trade publications, so this should keep you ahead of the curve. If you have any questions on any of these stories, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
At a glance:
Second lockdown and the mortgage market
With infection rates spiralling across the country a second lockdown was always an inevitability, however this time the property market is not going to be shut down as in March. However, the question remains how many people are going to be out and about viewing property given the circumstances? Ultimately, this is likely to entrench the current trends for those looking to move to houses with more space, both outdoors and to work remotely, and means areas outside major cities are likely to see higher demand than pre-Covid.
A competitive “green” mortgage… finally
Homes in the UK account for circa 15% of emissions and thus are a key area if we are to become carbon neutral as a nation in the relatively near future. We have been waiting a while for a lender to offer mortgages at a competitive rate to borrowers who are purchasing energy efficient homes, with A and B EPC ratings, and NatWest has just launched a new product doing just that. The rates look generally better than their normal purchase rates and previously lenders only had products like this for quirky green eco builds, help to buy green new builds or were offering cashback after completion for bringing up EPC ratings (but at nowhere near this rate).
LTV restrictions for self-employed borrowers
More bad news for self-employed borrowers as Nationwide, one of the largest mortgage lenders in the UK, has curtailed LTV to 85%. This combined with the limiting of income multiples and more restrictive and stringent application process, means self-employed borrowers are facing an ever-increasingly difficult position, meaning they can borrow less in terms of the total borrowing amount, require larger deposits and need to prove the viability of their businesses going forward in the face of far higher levels of scrutiny.