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Becoming a Homeowner is Hard and It Could be Just as Hard to Remain One

Becoming a Homeowner is Hard and It Could be Just as Hard to Remain One

Becoming a homeowner is hard. At least this is the case for more than one third of first-time home buyers. According to information released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), between April 2022 and March 2023, 36% of first-time buyers had used financial gifts to purchase their first home. Twenty years ago, only 20% relied on financial gifts to purchase their first property. Another 9% reported relying on inheritance to climb onto the property ladder, while only 3% reported twenty years ago depending on their inheritance to become a homeowner.

Homeowners and Home Buyers Warned Lowest Rates Disappearing

Homeowners and Home Buyers Warned Lowest Rates Disappearing

Borrowers, whether homeowners seeking a remortgage or hopeful home buyers shopping for a mortgage, are being warned the best deals could soon disappear. The low interest rate deals available are due to the competitive environment that emerged from lenders hoping to grab the attention of new customers. Stronger demand and a possible delay of a quick cut to the standard base rate of the Bank of England might bring about higher rates despite the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) holding the base rate steady in the March meeting. 

House Price Reports Reveal a Decline but Maybe That is a Good Thing

House Price Reports Reveal a Decline but Maybe That is a Good Thing

In another report revealing house prices declined in March, Halifax reported a fall of 1.0%. Nationwide also reported a decline days earlier. The Halifax average house price declined close to £2,900 to £288,430. Despite the lower house price, it is still higher than the same period last year by 0.3%. The March decline follows a boost in February brought about by lender cuts in mortgage offers, with some rates below the Bank of England’s standard base interest rate.

Homeowners Remortgage Shopping Could Find Best Deals of the Year Now

Homeowners Remortgage Shopping Could Find Best Deals of the Year Now

The Bank of England has released the latest information on the housing market and the data reveals a 17-month high in mortgage approvals. Net mortgage approvals for house purchases increased in February to 60,400 from 56,100 recorded in January. The increase exceeded the expectation for growth to 56,500, which was the highest forecast since September 2022 when the Bank of England’s standard base interest rate was at 2.25%. 

House Prices Decline for First Time in Three Months but Strong Rebound Likely

House Prices Decline for First Time in Three Months but Strong Rebound Likely

The housing market slowed in March, and many factors came together to convince homeowners to sit on the sideline and wait. Of course, there were likely many hopeful home buyers shut out of the market due to affordability. According to Nationwide, the average house price declined by 0.2% from February into March. It is the first time a decline has been recorded in three months. The previous two months experienced a 0.7% increase, and with the recent 0.2% decline, the average house price is £261,142.

Homeowners Might Be Unaware of Remortgage Benefits but There are Many

Homeowners Might Be Unaware of Remortgage Benefits but There are Many

Homeowners are being encouraged to shop for a remortgage when they are nearing the end of their mortgage term. If they want to not pay more than necessary, then avoiding their lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) is the best strategy. Without remortgaging, they will be at the mercy of a risky SVR which is normally a higher rate and has been known to be double or more the interest rate that could be found with a remortgage. Also, it is a variable rate which could fluctuate whereas with a remortgage the homeowner could choose a fixed rate and lock in their chosen rate and have the same monthly repayments. Unfortunately, there are homeowners that simply don’t know a remortgage is an option or they believe the remortgage is going to make them take on more debt rather than offer them savings and peace of mind.

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