Home Property Finance & InvestmentMortgages 2.5 million homeowners face an extra £9 billion in interest as fixed rate deals expire 

2.5 million homeowners face an extra £9 billion in interest as fixed rate deals expire 

by LLP Finance Reporter
12th Jun 23 5:14 pm

Homeowners throughout the UK will have to spend nearly an extra £9 billion in interest over 2023 and 2024 as they are forced to refinance at rates that are double what they used to be according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

In total, 2.5 million homeowners will come to the end of fixed rate deals across 2023 and 2024 while a further one million are on variable rate deals.

According to financial data firm Moneyfacts, the average two-year-fixed-rate mortgage has increased from 5.49% to 5.82% since the beginning of June. Similarly, the average five-year deal has risen from 5.17% to 5.49% during the same period.

This comes after nearly 10% of mortgages have been taken off the market due to concerns about increasing interest rates, according to data from Moneyfacts.

The figures indicate that approximately 800 residential and buy-to-let deals have been withdrawn, and average rates on two- and five-year fixed deals have also risen. Adding to this, the Nationwide building society announced that mortgage rates on new fixed deals would increase by up to 0.45 percentage points in response to higher-than-expected inflation figures alongside this, HSBC withdrew all of its “new business” residential and buy-to-let products on Friday .

The UK lending market continues to experience turbulent times, influenced by data revealing a slower-than-expected decline in inflation. This situation has led to predictions of a potential interest rate hike by the Bank of England, with estimates suggesting a rise from the current rate of 4.5% to as high as 5.5%.

David Hannah, Chairman at Cornerstone Group International said, “The rise in mortgage rates and mortgages being pulled by lenders due to inflation figures being stronger than expected is unwelcome news for homeowners, especially first-time buyers. This is being done in anticipation of an expected rise in interest rates which will cause borrowers more issues when looking to purchase a property.

“Homeowners who are coming to the end of their fixed-rate deals will be looking at refinancing with rates that are more than double what they were a couple of years ago. This will cause many homeowners to be unable to afford the extra interest and could mean that many homeowners lose their homes. This will also add further pressure to a rental market which has already registered record rents this year.

“We are already seeing record levels of unaffordability in the UK property market and lenders such as HSBC withdrawing mortgage deals is only going to further exacerbate the situation for potential buyers in the property market.”

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