Best mortgage rates (September 2020)

As the world tackles coronavirus, what's happening with mortgages? See what the experts are saying, check you have the best mortgage deal, compare rates this month and find the best mortgage for you.

Finding the best mortgage rates in a sea of mortgage deals is hard work. So every month we’ll be showcasing the best deals for you, with input from the mortgage experts at L&C.

Finding the best mortgage rate is critical as it will determine how much you can afford to borrow and how much your monthly repayments are.

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What’s happening with mortgages this September

David Hollingworth, at L&C Mortgages, says: “Lenders’ temporary withdrawals from offering deals to those with smaller deposits means that the availability of mortgages up to 90% LTV and beyond remains extremely limited. Even rates at 85% are changing at pace, with lenders often chopping and changing their pricing as they manage volume.  They are not necessarily withdrawing deals altogether but it can mean that rates are nudged up, as lenders are faced with strong demand.”

He added, “If consumers can push to a larger 15% deposit, then they will open up a broader choice as well as benefiting from better rates.”

Some of the lenders that did pull out temporarily have come back with some products up to 90% LTV.  But these may be more limited in scope. For example, Accord has come back to the market but made their 90% mortgage available to first-time buyers only.

Nationwide has also launched a 90% LTV. It is available to first time buyers only and for borrowing over a maximum term of 25 years on houses or bungalows but not flats or any new build property.  Only 25% can be a gift so the majority needs to come from your own funds.

On the eligibility requirements, David Hollingworth commented, “All these criteria are designed to put the brakes on the volume of business to meet capacity.  It’s certainly significant to have a big lender like Nationwide re-enter this market. Hopefully it will help encourage others to join, as a broader spread of lenders and products will all help to make it more sustainable.”

The 95% mortgage market remains virtually non-existent at the moment.

Lenders continue to be kept busy with mortgage holiday applications, which have now been extended beyond June to end October 2020.

According to UK Finance 1.9 million mortgage payment holidays have been issued as of June 2020. That’s equivalent to a sixth of all mortgages in the UK.

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Remortgaging in September 2020

Mortgage rates are still low which is good news for remortgage borrowers looking to get a better deal in place.

If you are approaching the end of your current mortgage deal, you can still take advantage of some very attractive rates, irrespective of Loan to Value.

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What’s new this month?

Despite there being some speculation that the Bank of England may need to consider taking the Base Rate into negative territory there is little sign of borrowers shifting away from their preference for fixed rates.

Some may like the idea of a tracker to benefit from any cut but it’s important that borrowers understand the terms of any variable deal.  Some trackers apply a minimum rate, often referred to as a collar or floor.  A discounted rate is pegged to the lender SVR so there’s no guarantee the lender will move in line with base rate in any case.

Add to that the fact that some fixed rates have been getting more competitive and we can expect to see borrowers lock-in their deal.  Some two year rates are now below 1.20% and 5 year fixed rates offer a wide choice below 1.50% with some edging below 1.40%.

Barclays have also just launched a new 10 year fixed rate at just 2%.

Borrowers will need to think carefully before jumping in. Early repayment charges on long term deals usually persist throughout the fixed rate period.  And while you can port the mortgage, flexibility will be limited.

For example, if top up borrowing is required there is no guarantee that the lender would be able to offer it.  That could mean you have to look elsewhere, which would incur an early repayment charge that could amount to thousands of pounds.

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Help finding the best mortgage rates

Whether you’re looking for a first mortgage, a buy to let mortgage or want to see if you can get a better deal by remortgaging, use the charts below to browse mortgage rates online.

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Your home or property may be repossessed if you do not keep up the repayments on your mortgage.

Representative example A mortgage of £204,302 payable over 23 years, initially on a fixed rate until 31/12/24 at 1.56% and then on a variable rate of 5.05% for the remaining 18 years would require 62 payments of £881.42 and 214 payments of £1,168.08. The total amount payable would be £305,690 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£100,315) and fees (£1,073). The overall cost for comparison is 3.6% APRC representative.

What are mortgage rates?

Mortgage rates are the rate of interest charged by a mortgage lender (bank or building society). The interest is charged by the lender as compensation for the money they have lent them in order to purchase a property.

Interest rates are determined by the lender in most cases, and can be either fixed (ie remain the same for the term of the mortgage) or variable (where they fluctuate with a benchmark interest rate). Before you compare mortgages, you need to understand the different types. For more information see what type of mortgage should I get?

Help finding the best mortgage deal

The best mortgage deal isn’t just about interest rates. You need to consider whether the mortgage term is right for you, arrangement fees and more.

To get a better idea of the best mortgage for you, use our online mortgage service provided by the fee-free mortgage broker L&C.

L&C can compare the latest mortgage deals for you over the phone, or you can do it yourself in real-time online. Whichever you choose they can help search the market to find you the best mortgage deal, see if you qualify and even help you apply online, doing all the legwork to get you your mortgage offer.

Handy tools and calculators

Here’s a selection of practical gadgets and tools to help keep things simple.