The interest rate on a five-year fixed rate mortgage has now fallen back to below 4% for the first time since the financial market uncertainty in September 2022.
Mortgage rates soared to 6% in the aftermath of last September’s mini-Budget but despite the Bank of England raising the base rate to tackle inflation, property loan rates are now more competitive for those with larger deposits.
Recently HSBC released a five-year fixed-rate mortgage deal for borrowers with a 40% deposit priced at 3.99% with a £999 fee.
It is the first time since September 2022 that a five-year fixed-rate mortgage has been offered by the lender at a rate below 4% and mortgage search platform Twenty7tec suggests it won’t be the last across the industry.
Nathan Reilly, director at Twenty7tec, said: “There’s been a recent return in five-year fixed mortgage searches, and it’s been consistent across January, so it’s no surprise that lenders are looking to come back into the market. With inflationary pressures possibly slightly on the wane, as the Bank of England recently explained, we don’t think it’s the last new five-year fixed product to launch under 4%.”