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Running a home is cheaper than two years ago

Running a home is cheaper than two years ago

Category: Mortgages

Updated: 28/06/2010
First Published: 28/06/2010

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Low interest rates may have hit savers in the pocket over the last two years, but homeowners are reaping the benefits, according to new research.

The cost of owning and running a home in the UK has fallen by 6% since April 2008, figures from Halifax show.

Over the past two years, the average annual cost associated with home ownership fell by £544 from £9,564 to £9,020.

Other figures show that the cost of housing in the UK has fallen by 9%, while housing costs – comprised of bills, tax and maintenance – are now equivalent to 27% of gross average earnings. This has fallen from 30% in 2008.

The biggest contributor to the fall in costs has been mortgage rates, which have fallen by almost a fifth (19%).

Recent research conducted by found that mortgage rates are at a seven year low, and the average mortgage rate paid by homeowners has fallen by 2.13%, from 5.80% to 3.67%.

Unsurprisingly, London is the most expensive region to run a home, with annual costs of £11,762, while homeowners in the South East are forking out £10,457 on average.

"Over the last two years, the cost associated with owning and running a home in the UK has fallen, entirely as a consequence of reduced mortgage payments," said Suren Thiru, housing economist at Halifax.

"The drop in housing costs has helped to ease the strain on household's finances, providing some relief to homeowners during the economic downturn."

Amongst the best two year fixed rate mortgages currently available are a deal from The Co-operative Bank at a rate of 2.95% and a deal from HSBC at 2.99%.

Yorkshire BS also offers a two year fixed rate mortgage deal at 3.05%.

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