Mortgage Lenders Cut 95% LTV Deals | moneyfacts.co.uk

Derin Clark

Derin Clark

Online Reporter
Published: 02/06/2020

Despite many lenders re-introducing higher loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage deals, first-time buyers with a 5% deposit will be disappointed that the number of deals at a 95% LTV have actually fallen since May.

Research carried out by Moneyfacts.co.uk found that there were 11 two year fixed rate deals at a 95% LTV in May, but in June this had fallen to six. Meanwhile, the number of deals at a 90% LTV increased by 31 month-on-month, increasing from 24 in May to 55 in June, and the deals at 85% LTV increased from 87 in May to 116 in June.

In the five year fixed rate chart, the number of deals at a 95% LTV stood at 11 in May, but fell to nine in June. Again, the number of deals at a 90% and 85% LTV increased month-on-month, with 90% LTV deals increasing by 25, rising from 26 in May to 51 in June, and 85% LTV deals increasing by 33, up to 116 in June from 83 in May.

 

Product numbers May-20 Jun-20 Difference
Two-year fixed rate (85% LTV) 87 116 29
Two-year fixed rate (90% LTV) 24 55 31
Two-year fixed rate (95% LTV) 11 6 -5
Five-year fixed rate (85% LTV) 83 116 33
Five-year fixed rate (90% LTV) 26 51 25
Five-year fixed rate (95% LTV) 11 9 -2

Average first-time buyer rates

Although the average rates on both a two and five year fixed rate deal at 95% LTV have fallen since May, first-time buyers able to double their deposit from 5% to 10% can get average rates at 0.98% lower on a two year fixed mortgage and 0.91% lower on a five year fixed deal. For example, in June, the average rate on a two year fixed mortgage at a 95% LTV was 3.28%, while the average rate at 90% LTV was 2.30%. Meanwhile, in the five year fixed rate chart, the average rate at 95% LTV was 3.48%, falling to 2.57% at a 90% LTV.

 

Average rates May-20 Jun-20 Difference
Two-year fixed rate (all LTVs) 2.09% 2.02% -0.07%
Two-year fixed rate (85% LTV) 2.33% 2.09% -0.24%
Two-year fixed rate (90% LTV) 2.40% 2.30% -0.10%
Two-year fixed rate (95% LTV) 3.36% 3.28% -0.08%
Five-year fixed rate (all LTVs) 2.35% 2.26% -0.09%
Five-year fixed rate (85% LTV) 2.63% 2.32% -0.31%
Five-year fixed rate (90% LTV) 2.65% 2.57% -0.08%
Five-year fixed rate (95% LTV) 3.62% 3.48% -0.14%

 

To put these rates in real terms, first-time buyers could save an average of £153.36 per month by doubling their deposit from 5% to 10%. In January, Zoopla stated that the average first-time property costs £220,000. This means that first-time buyers would need £11,000 to put down at 5% deposit. This would mean they would need a mortgage of £209,000, which at an average rate of 3.28% on a two year fixed deal at 95%, would mean the monthly repayments were £1021.81 per month. But if a 10% deposit of £22,000 could be saved, it would mean that a mortgage of £198,000 would be needed, which at an average rate of 2.30% on a two year deal at 90% LTV, would result in repayments of £868.45 per month. Borrowers can find out exactly how much their mortgage repayments will be by using our mortgage repayment calculator.

As well as this, first-time buyers looking to purchase their first home may find that by waiting longer, they could see more mortgage deals at a higher LTV enter the market. As Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, explained: “As lockdown eases, and individuals return to work and attempt to discover normality again – they may well be starting to house-hunt. However, it may be a bit premature for them to buy a home imminently and instead they may wish to wait for more competition to return to the mortgage market for low deposit deals. Alternatively, if borrowers have a bit of extra disposable income and the ability, they would be wise to raise their deposit to 10% to find a greater choice of deals for a lower cost.

“Whatever borrowers decide to do, it is imperative they seek independent financial advice before they commit to a mortgage deal. It is hoped that the mortgage market will adapt once more to accommodate borrowers with small deposits, but it will not happen overnight.”

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