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SVR Mortgage Survey - Mutuals and Direct Lenders Leading the Way

SVR Mortgage Survey - Mutuals and Direct Lenders Leading the Way

Category: Mortgages

Updated: 31/10/2008
First Published: 22/01/2006

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Moneyfacts has released its latest Moneyfacts SVR mortgage survey showing the annual interest cost of a £150,000 mortgage at the lenders standard variable rate (SVR) between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2005.

For this survey we have reviewed our approach and now measure all lenders, rather than using the previous barometer which only covered the top 35 lenders, based upon the size of their mortgage assets.

This whole of market approach is more relevant in today's increasingly competitive mortgage arena, with many of the relative newcomers to the mortgage market and the smaller mutuals offering some of the most competitive rates.

Whilst a borrower will never sign up for a lenders SVR directly, it is surprising just how many consumers are prepared to leave their borrowing at this rate when their initial fixed or discounted variable rate mortgage deal expires.

This situation was highlighted in an online survey at during 2005; in which 46% of a sample of 4342 visitors to the site claimed their mortgage interest rate was being charged at their lenders SVR.

Our survey reflects the ever changing and increasingly diverse UK mortgage market, with growing numbers of specialist lenders including current account and offset providers making an appearance towards the top of the table.

Darren Cook, Head of Mortgages at comments: "Lenders such as First Direct, Egg, HSBC and First Active offer a smaller range of products than some of those at the lower end of the table. Whilst a number of lenders outside the top 20 may offer some market leading fixed rate or discounted variable rate mortgage deals, these are often offset against a higher SVR in order to protect their 'bottom line'.

Borrowers who do not wish to continually switch their deal by chasing short term fixed rate deals may do well to look at the lenders that feature at the top end of the table.

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