The return of the 5% loan to value mortgage product will be welcomed by the first time buyer sector who, up until now, have been limited by lenders minimum loan to value percentages ranging from 75% - 90%, depending on employment situations. As we have seen those who are self employed finding it even tougher with vastly more restrictive lender criteria.
Since the onset of coronavirus, 95% mortgages have all but disappeared from the market – leaving many potential homeowners stranded. This scheme is therefore designed to encourage more lenders to re-enter the 95% market.
What will the new scheme look like?
95% loan to value mortgage products will be introduced from next month and run until December 2022. First time buyers, home movers and previous home owners will all be eligible to apply for the new scheme.
The scheme is similar to the 5% Help to Buy Government-backed mortgage scheme, which operated between 2013 and 2017. Any lender that is taking part in the scheme will have to offer a five-year fixed mortgage as part of their range of 95% LTV products.
Who can take advantage of the new scheme?
Any buyer with a 5% deposit can apply for one of these Government-backed mortgages. They are NOT restricted to first-time buyers. Indeed anyone may apply who is buying a main home, including previous homeowners and home movers.
Simplified eligibility criteria:
Details about what kind of mortgage rates you can get with these 95% mortgages are yet to be published. Remember, the lower your LTV, the better the rate.
Are these products good?
The reason behind this scheme is to encourage lenders to re-enter the 95% loan to value market. Many lenders offered 95% products prior to the pandemic and most withdrew for high loan to value exposure completely relatively fast.
The interest rates are not likely to be the most competitive we have seen before but will allow buyers with limited deposit funds to buy a property. Whether a 95% loan to value mortgage product is right for you though will depend on your individual circumstances and is best discussed with a mortgage advisor. Remember, if you can put down a 10% deposit then you will get access to a cheaper mortgage.
Which lenders will be offering these products?
Currently the lenders signed up to offer the new scheme are limited but are all big names within the industry who borrowers will already know. Lloyds, Natwest, Santander, Barclays and HSBC will offer these mortgages from April. Other lenders are expected to follow.
As always it is best to speak to a qualified Independent Mortgage Broker to discuss your options fully
As we move into September many people will be finding their payment holidays coming to an end, be it overdrafts, credit cards or mortgages. With the current economic climate looking turbulent to say the least and unemployment highly likely to rise throughout the rest of 2020 as the government’s furlough scheme finishes at the end of October.
Borrowers looking to get ahead of the curve and avoid any unnecessary interest could save themselves some money by switching to a new product with a lower interest rate. The mortgage is extremely likely to be the largest monthly outgoing for a homeowner and therefore making sure you have the best deal available is imperative when looking into cost savings. With mortgage rates remaining at incredibly low levels there has never been a better opportunity to make savings.
We would carry out a free mortgage health check to see if a client would benefit from switching mortgage products, as there are a number of factors to consider when working out what the cheapest options is going forward.
The mortgage market continues to be a difficult arena to navigate with lenders criteria changing regularly. Those that have taken a mortgage payment holiday or been on furlough may find it more difficult to remortgage than they have previously. Some lenders have started to not accept furlough as income for a mortgage application for example. Borrowers who are able to resume full repayments are encouraged to do this as quickly as they are able, while consumers taking payment holidays or reduced payments should keep in mind that interest continues to be accumulated during this period.
As part of our mortgage health check process we will be able to advise on what options are available and whether or not this would be beneficial in the long run for the client.
And for those that now need to take a mortgage payment holiday these remain open for applications until 31 October 2020. Consumers who are struggling to meet mortgage repayments should contact their lender immediately to discuss their options. Those who are struggling with debt can also get information and support from Citizen Advice or a free debt charity.