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Mortgage rates are unchanged despite lower money market rates

Warnings from the Bank of England has seen fixed rate mortgages remaining stable despite recent falls on the money markets.

Research from Moneyfacts shows the average two-year fixed rate has remained unchanged since the beginning of June at 2.49% and the tracker rate at 2.01%.

The average five-year fixed rate has remained unchanged at 2.85% since the beginning of May this year even though the money market SWAP rates have reduced which usually indicate an imminent change.

Darren Cook Finance Expert at Moneyfacts said, it is clear that the Bank of England warning in May that it is watching mortgage rates ‘like a hawk’ is continuing to influence lenders.

Many first time buyers, home movers, remortgage buyers and buy-to-let investors select a fixed rate mortgage as your monthly repayments remain the same during your introductory offer.

How SWAPs impact mortgage rates

The pricing of fixed mortgage rates depends on several factors although primarily whether banks can access cheap money to lend out.

The following table from Moneyfacts shows the change in 2-year fixed rate mortgages compared to the 5-year SWAP rates until July 2019.
Month 2-year SWAP rate
Jul-19 2.49% 0.80%
Jun-19 2.49% 0.92%
May-19 2.47% 1.19%
Apr-19 2.48% 1.07%
Jan-19 2.52% 1.24%
Banks usually source money from savers or by borrowing from other banks on the money markets, buying money at a certain rate called the SWAP rate for a certain time period.

These SWAP rates react to expectations of future interest rates and inflation, which affect the price of mortgages and this table shows the 5 and 10 year fixed rate mortgages compared to the 5-year SWAP rates.
Month 5-year 10-year SWAP rate
Jul-19 2.85% 3.01% 0.80%
Jun-19 2.85% 3.00% 0.92%
May-19 2.85% 3.00% 1.19%
Apr-19 2.88% 3.03% 1.07%
Jan-19 2.94% 3.05% 1.24%
SWAP rates can drop sharply such as the first quarter 2016 amid global economic turbulence and the first half of this year due to the US-China trade talks and Brexit.

Even though SWAP rates have reduced considerably with the 5-year rate reducing 0.48% from 1.24% in January 2019 to 0.80% in July, the 5-year fixed mortgage rate has reduced only 0.09%.

If interest rates remain unchanged home movers may feel they cannot afford to trade up to a more expensive property due to the higher monthly repayments on a new mortgage.

For remortgage buyers at the end of your mortgage deal, switching to another preferential rate would not make your monthly repayment lower but would be cheaper than the lenders expensive variable rate.

Regulator monitoring mortgage rates

The Bank of England has warned lenders it is watching the mortgage rates as there is a concern even lower rates would result in first time buyers and home movers taking on excessive levels of debt.

The 2-year SWAP rate has reduced by 0.31% since May, the 5-year SWAP rate is lower by 0.39% and the 10-year down by 0.40% over the same period.

For first time buyers the average 2-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate has remained similar decreasing only 0.03% from 2.52% in January 2019 to 2.49% in July, limiting the amount they could borrow.

In contrast, for older equity release buyers there are lower fixed rates of 3.5% upwards to secure for a lifetime mortgage without any evidence of earnings and use this to maintain your lifestyle, consolidate debt or holidays of a lifetime.

Darren Cook said, under previous normal market conditions, when SWAP rates took a sharp deviation, we could comfortably predict that fixed mortgage rates would follow suit after a three to four-week lag.

The difference between the five-year fixed rate and ten-year fixed rate is only 0.16% and homeowners may like to lock-in to an extra five years knowing their monthly repayments are fixed.

What are your next steps?

Talk to our London City Mortgage brokers for advice if you remortgage your existing home and want the best mortgage deal or release capital, buying your first home, moving home or a buy-to-let investor.

Learn more by using the equity release mortgage calculator, mortgage cost calculators, and property value tracker chart. Start with a free mortgage quote or call us and we can take your details.

For older homeowners releasing equity from your property, our LCM mortgage advisers can recommend the lifetime mortgage, accessing wealth to gift to a family member or friend or pay university fees for grandchildren.


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