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Banks offer cheaper mortgage rates

Banks offer cheaper mortgage rates

Category: Mortgages

Updated: 20/03/2009
First Published: 20/03/2009

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The mortgage rates offered by banks are often cheaper than those from building societies, research has revealed.

While the average bank standard variable rate now stands at 4.30%, the building society average is currently 5.02%.

Meanwhile, two year fixed mortgage rates from banks stand on average at 4.66%, compared with 4.88% from building societies, although average fees are just £837 through a mutual, £148 cheaper than those of a bank (£985).

In terms of two year tracker mortgages, the average rate available through both is 3.55%, but the fee is again lower at a building society (£985) than a bank (£1,024).

"As a result of their diverse income streams, the banks have been able to pass on more of the base rate reduction to their customers through lower mortgage rates," said Michelle Slade, analyst at "Despite it being a sluggish mortgage market, the main high street banks want to be seen as offering the most competitive deals."

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