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MPC Meeting Holds Interest Rates Steady Though Perhaps Not for Long

MPC Meeting Holds Interest Rates Steady Though Perhaps Not for Long

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held their September meeting on Thursday. The decision concerning the possible increase in the standard base interest rate was expected to be watched closely. Though few felt the interest rate would see an increase despite rising inflation, the meeting was expected to reveal how strongly some members believed an increase would be needed sooner rather than later.

MPC Meeting This Week will Determine if Low Interest Rates Remain

MPC Meeting This Week will Determine if Low Interest Rates Remain

The current standard base interest rate maintained by months by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is at a historic low of 0.1%. It is the lowest rate set in the over 300 year history of the Bank. This week the MPC will meet on Thursday, 23 September, to determine whether the interest rate should be changed, if at all. It is possibly the most likely month in which a change could occur since the rate was changed to its current low.

Housing Market Heat Remains with No Cool Down in Sight

Housing Market Heat Remains with No Cool Down in Sight

The housing market has been running on full steam nearly since the pandemic took hold on the UK last year. Lockdowns didn’t impact it due to the ability to digitally review a property, but in fact fueled the demand. Buyers were anxious to find the pandemic lifestyle dream home with more space and a garden. The housing market remained resilient while other sectors of the economy tanked.

Homeowners Benefit from Competitive Remortgage Lending Market

Homeowners Benefit from Competitive Remortgage Lending Market

Remortgaging had been lacking in demand in comparison to the demand for mortgages from first time buyers and home movers. Buyers were anxiously entering the housing market to secure a better suited home for their pandemic lifestyle. The many lockdowns and continued threats from the pandemic pushed homeowners and renters to take a second look at their current home. If it didn’t allow space for privately working from home, studying for children, and have green areas to escape safely to the outdoors, then a move was deemed necessary. Yet, there were those that stayed put and now they face a unique and beneficial opportunity.

Homeowners Remortgage to Save Money and Make Home Improvements

Homeowners Remortgage to Save Money and Make Home Improvements

Remortgaging is growing in demand, which isn’t surprising due to the many benefits it can offer a homeowner. With the low interest rates being offered, some below 1%, borrowing is amazingly cheap. The lower the interest rate, the greater the savings, and in comparison to what some homeowners are paying on their lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) it has been noted that they could be saving hundreds of pounds per month. 

Home Buyers Remain Despite Reduction of Stamp Duty Holiday

Home Buyers Remain Despite Reduction of Stamp Duty Holiday

The stamp duty holiday was extended in March to keep home buyers interested in purchasing property. The tax relief was pushed for a few more months and was due to be reduced at the end of June and then completely be eliminated at the end of September. The rush to buy as the March deadline neared caused concern that without the discount home buyers would retreat. The extension kept the housing market busy, but despite the 30 June deadline to reduce the savings, buyers have remained and demand is still strong.

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