LONDON, ENGLAND, June 20, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A number of factors have contributed to this. Firstly, it's widely recognised that we are at or near the bottom of the interest rate cycle. Base rate could only fall by another 0.5% at most and in the May meeting of the Bank of England, base rate was held for the second month in a row. Consumers are looking to secure a fixed rate deal whilst rates are at their lowest. Best Buy Mortgages are available under 3% fixed for 2 years and under 5% fixed for 5 years. These fixed rate mortgage deals compare favourably with historical rates linked to lenders' standard variable rates (SVR).
Secondly there is widespread concern that when rates start to rise, they will rise sharply and so monthly repayments on mortgages linked to Bank of England Base Rate or a lender's SVR will increase significantly over a short period of time. Securing a good fixed rate deal now will mitigate that risk.
Thirdly there is limited availability of mortgages for those with relatively small deposits (15% of house value or less) and so consumers in this situation are grabbing fixed rate mortgages whilst they still can.
Finally, as house prices have fallen, consumers have found that the value of their mortgage relative to the value of their home has increased. As the best fixed rate mortgage deals are available below 75% loan to value (ltv) it is sensible for consumers to fix their mortgage rate in case their property value falls further and the best mortgage deals are no longer available to them.
Potential borrowers wanting to secure a fixed rate mortgage deal can see the range of leading deals currently available at http://www.lcplc.co.uk/bestbuys . For more information and no-fee advice, borrowers can call free on 0800 373300 or request a call back.
Notes to editors:
London and Country Mortgages Ltd is the country's leading whole of market no-fee mortgage broker and submitted over GBP4bn of mortgages to over 70 lenders in 2008.
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Best Mortgage IFA/Adviser of the Year - Money Marketing, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008
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Best Mortgage Broker outside London - Mortgage Strategy, 2004 and 2005
Best National Broker - Mortgage Introducer 2005, 2006 and 2007
Best Overall Broker - Mortgage Introducer 2005
Overall broker of the year - Pink Home Loans, 2006 and 2007
Top 100 company in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for 2004 and 2005
Business of the Year - The Bath Business Awards 2005
Growth Strategy of the Year - National Business Awards (Wales and West) 2008
Business Leader (Broker) - British Mortgage Awards - 2008
Online Mortgage IFA of the Year - Financial Adviser - 2008
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