Mortgage borrowers are ready for their monthly repayments to increase after the Bank of England raised interest rates.
Some banks immediately announced they would raise interest rates for borrowers, dealing another blow to households just days before Christmas.
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England yesterday interest rates rose for the first time in three years.
They have been increased from a record low of 0.1% to 0.25%.
The increase will mean homeowners with tracking mortgages will see their monthly repayments increase as they typically follow the Bank of England’s prime rate.
Banks can also increase their standard variable rates (SVRs), which are deals that borrowers fall into when their contract ends and if they don’t convert.
According to trade body UK Finance.
It estimates that a 0.15 percentage point increase in the bank prime rate would lead to an average increase in loan repayments to £15.45 a month or £185.40 a year.
Around 1.1 million borrowers are using SVR, according to UK Finance, which says the increase results in an average increase of £9.58 a month for these homeowners or £114.96 a year .
Here’s how the big banks across the street have responded to the rate hikes so far for their mortgage borrowers.
Barclays immediately cut the SVR as interest rates fell at the start of the pandemic.
It also wasted very little time getting through the increase in this time period.
Borrowers have been told that their residential mortgage SVR will increase from 4.59% to 4.74% and buy-to-allow SVR will increase from 5.09% to 5.24% as of day 1 January.
A homeowner with a £150,000 mortgage on a Barclays SVR should be paying £842 a month but this will rise to £854 in January.
That’s an extra £12 a month but goes up to £144 for a year and £288 for two years.
Tracking mortgage borrowers will also see their monthly repayments increase in January.
HSBC’s follow-up mortgage customers have been told that an increase in interest rates will mean a change in interest rates payable within one day, which will affect the amount of interest they pay.
Even so, customers will be notified at least 17 days in advance of the change, so the extra payments won’t take effect until next month.
However, the lender said its SVR won’t necessarily increase just because the prime rate increases but it is still under review.
Lloyds Bank tracker mortgage customers will see their monthly repayments increase, but the timing will depend on the terms and conditions of their contract.
The lender, which also owns Halifax, will give its customers SVR until February 2022 before it raises interest rates.
After that, Halifax Landlord Variable Rate currently at 3.59% will increase to 3.74% and Halifax SVR currently at 3.59% will increase to 3.74%
Lloyds Bank’s homeowner conversion rate currently at 3.59% will increase to 3.74% and its SVR, currently at 2.10%, will increase to 2.25%.
That means a Lloyds Bank borrower with a £150,000 mortgage would see their SVR rise from £758 a month to £770, an extra £144 a year.
Nationwide has said their track mortgages will grow 0.15% under their contract as of February 1, 2022.
It is still reviewing its SVR.
Borrowers who follow NatWest have been told their interest rates will go up in line with their mortgage, and a spokeswoman said the SVR is on hold during the ongoing review process.
The Spanish Debt Bank said that all mortgage products that track its base rate will increase by 0.15% from February.
This includes the Santander follow-up rate (FoR) which will increase to 3.50%.
Alliance & Leicester and Santander SVR will grow 0.15% to 4.49% from the beginning of February.
The tracking rate applies to all customers who have taken out a mortgage since January 23, 2018 and is the rate the customer turns to when their original product term ends.
Mortgages made before January 23, 2018 will continue to migrate to Santander’s SVR once the initial product phase ends.
In this case, a Santander customer with a £150,000 mortgage on their FoR would see payments increase from £739 to £750 per month, an additional £132 per year.
Your Mortgage Options
Mortgage rates have fallen to fairly cheap levels in recent years, especially when prime rates are so low.
Mortgage borrowers can avoid price increases by fixing their mortgage.
Choosing a fixed rate locks in your monthly mortgage payment for a set period of time.
You can usually choose a fixed period of two, five, or even 10 years.
It will depend on how long you plan to stay in your home and if you think a short-term deal would be better in case cheaper deals are available in a few years.
A fixed-rate mortgage is always cheaper than an SVR, and in some cases a tracking mortgage, but even if it doesn’t, you get the certainty that your monthly repayments won’t change immediately. if the prime interest rate increases.
You should also check to see if there is an exit fee when switching to a fixed rate, but tracker transactions usually do not have an early repayment fee.
Online mortgage broker Trussle estimates that the rate hike could add £300 to the cost of a mortgage each year.
This is based on a typical £224,400 mortgage at a rate of 1.73% which will have a monthly repayment of £921.91.
If you add 0.25 percentage points to the interest rate, it could cost a borrower 1.98% or £921.91 per month, which is an extra £27.04 per month or £324.48 per year.
Miles Robinson, head of mortgages at Trussle suggests borrowers can get a mortgage but said they should act fast to get cheap deals before they disappear.
He said other options are overpaying your mortgage while interest rates remain relatively low, as this will help pay off faster.
Robinson added: “With interest rates on the rise, now is a good time for people to start looking at investments and a mortgage is the perfect place to start.
“Most homeowners have one, but many don’t understand how much they can pay if they don’t have the right product for them.
“Talking to an independent advisor can help you understand your options and make the best choice. You could save thousands of pounds a year by switching.”
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