World News – US – We show you how to make sense of mortgage chaos


Posted: 23:27 GMT, October 27, 2020 | Update: 10:16 GMT, October 28, 2020

Borrowers face mortgage chaos as banks cut deals and raise rates Significant delays also mean buyers risk missing out on generous stamp duty savings

But don’t despair – here Money Mail explains everything you need to know to navigate the chaos

A rush of movers seeking to cash in on stamp duty vacations is wreaking havoc on the housing market

Many are in desperate need of more space after months of foreclosure and want to make the most of the tax savings of up to £ 15,000

Buyer demand was already booming before the property market was temporarily frozen in March and picked up again when it reopened in late May Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement in July that there was no stamp duty on the first £ 500,000 of purchases made before March 31, 2021, then threw fuel on the fire

Last week, official figures revealed house prices jumped across all regions in August But experts warn the rally cannot last now as the government cuts financial support to households and businesses

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August was busiest month for lenders in 13 years, with companies approving over 80,000 mortgage applications, Bank of England says

In a desperate attempt to curb demand, overwhelmed lenders raise rates and withdraw deals so often brokers can’t keep pace

The number of available mortgages has halved since the start of the year, according to Defaqto analysts

The crackdown has hit those with the smallest deposits in particular, as lenders know that if house prices fall, they are most likely to end up in negative equity (where they owe more than the value from their house)

But even those with 15 or 20% down payments have much less choice than before the pandemic Many banks have introduced stricter lending rules so that only the most financially secure can get a mortgage

This means that self-employed borrowers, those returning from leave, or workers who rely on bonuses or overtime have a harder time getting a loan.

The Bank of England last week warned that all borrowers may soon have a harder time getting a mortgage as lenders prepare to raise rates and tighten lending criteria

The pandemic has prompted mortgage lenders to offer offers to borrowers with a down payment of 10% or less common for the hills

Foreclosure restrictions kept surveyors from entering borrowers’ homes and banks were unwilling to offer riskier mortgages without valuation

But even when the housing market reopened, not all banks resumed lending to families with small deposits, fearing that rising unemployment could trigger a fall in house prices

One of the few remaining lenders to accept requests from borrowers with a 10% deposit, HSBC, was forced to pull out of the market last month – but said the move was temporary

The BST, the Coventry Building Society and Accord, which is part of the Yorkshire Building Society, have mortgage sales where 90% of transactions are available for just one or two days

Currently only one offer is widely available for these borrowers, up from 16 in April, according to Defaqto This is a five-year fixed rate of 399% with Metro Bank

Nationwide offers a two-year fixed rate of 349 percent, or 354 percent for five years for first-time buyers But they must prove that at least 75% of the deposit is from their own savings, excluding deposits entirely offered by parents

Regional building societies including Darlington, Cumberland, Stafford Railway and Buckinghamshire offer families with a local postcode a 90% mortgage

Amy Williams rushes to buy her first home and save £ 4,000 before the stamp holiday ends in March She says she won’t be able to afford the deal if it isn’t done on time

Amy, 28, had an accepted offer for a one-bedroom flat in Camberwell, south London, in July but is still waiting to swap contracts She hopes to close things by the end November

Struggle: Amy Williams rushes to buy her first house and save £ 4,000 before stamp holiday ends

Amy adds: ‘I had an accepted offer on the apartment at the time the stamp duty holiday was announced The timing couldn’t have been better

‘The process took a lot longer than expected, but I’m about to exchange We are awaiting a final legal document and I am optimistic that I will get the keys in the coming weeks

‘But if something is wrong with the sale now, and the seller were to pull out, I would be very nervous that I could find a new property and finish in time to pass the stamp duty deadline’

And Tipton & Coseley has joined Barclays in offering 100% offers to borrowers whose parents are willing to deposit savings or charge a mortgage-like fee on their own properties Borrowers with specific professions look for also see offers at 90%

The Teachers Building Society will accept applications from teachers with a 10% deposit, while the Reliance Bank will support key workers such as NHS staff, police and postal workers

TSB offers first-time buyers with 15% down payment a more flexible affordability assessment to increase their chances of being approved for the loan The bank’s five-year fixed rate is 299 percent

Rates have increased for everyone except those who have had the largest deposits since early March

Average two-year fixed rates have fallen from 257 percent to 376% since the start of March, according to Moneyfacts

This means that a £ 150,000 mortgage would cost £ 2,256 more interest over two years, excluding fees, than in early summer But for families with a deposit of between 25 and 35 pc, the average fixed rates over two years have fallen

And for those with a 40% deposit, the rates remain relatively unchanged at around 18 percent

The Monmouthshire Building Society is offering the best two-year fixed rate for borrowers with a 25% down payment, at 16 percent, compared to a best buy of 119pc six months ago

Those lucky enough to have a 40% deposit can access Halifax’s highest 1 two-year fixed rate 28 percent and HSBC five-year fixed rate at 144 percent

Laura Sears was hoping to finish last week in a two-bedroom condominium but still hasn’t received her mortgage offer after asking Barclays for a five-year fixed deal a few weeks ago

Laura, 30, who lives in east London, says she has been hit by a plethora of obstacles in her quest to climb the property ladder

She wanted a two bedroom apartment with a balcony and a decent sized kitchen not too far from her job for around £ 300,000 with a 10% down payment

But lenders have started withdrawing 95% and 90% of deals, leaving her unable to buy property in Hornchurch

Her only option was to use the government’s shared ownership system.She applied for a 25% stake in a £ 330,000 two-bedroom apartment in Colindale, north-west London, and said: ‘ I am looking for updates from my mortgage broker every other day – but he says there is a massive backlog

‘Knew things were going to take a while and was reluctant to tell people I would buy an apartment in case I tempt fate Luckily seller says he’s in no rush Yet , I hope to be at Christmas’

Experts say delays are so severe in the real estate chain that movers have to apply for a mortgage no later than November to have a chance to exceed the stamp holiday deadline in March

It takes an average of 160 days to go from accepting a sale to moving in – up from 95 days last year, according to real estate data analysts TwentyCi And as the stamp duty deadline approaches, experts fear the delays will widen further

As many staff have been fired or work from home, banks and building societies now take weeks rather than days to review mortgage applications Surveyors and lawyers also point out guard against long delays as they struggle to keep up with the shopping frenzy

Some law firms have already stopped processing new cases And as notaries struggle to cope with a 50% increase in transactions, more than 300,000 sales set to miss deadline Colin Bradshaw, of TwentyCi, says: «  «  Lawyers try to run nine months of business in six months’

If your current mortgage expires in the next two months, start the remortgage process now Lenders predict more than £ 30bn in deals will be renewed at the end of the year, putting even more pressure on the resources of lenders

Standard remortgage takes six weeks, but brokers warn it could take an additional four weeks due to bottleneck To avoid hitting your bank’s expensive standard variable rate, which you pay after your mortgage deal is over, brokers urge those with renewing loans not to delay

The good news is that remortgage borrowers may find their new rate to be largely the same as the old one, or even lower According to Moneyfacts, the average two-year fixed rate is now 244 percent. hundred

Compared to the average two-year fixes in October 2018, you would pay 005 percent less If your five-year solution is about to end and you want to choose another five-year contract, you will likely pay even less

The average five-year fixed rate in October 2015 was 331% compared to 269% now

Lloyds Bank currently offers the lowest two- and five-year fixed rates At 60% loan-to-value, they are 109 percent and 133 percent respectively At 85%, the two-year fixed rate is 180% and the five year period is 217 percent All offers come with a fee of £ 1,499

If your situation has changed since the start of the pandemic, such as a reduction in your salary or if you have been put on leave, another lender may be reluctant to hire you as a new client.

Don’t panic Your own bank is likely to come up with a new offer and some lenders offer their existing borrowers better rates than new customers

Bank of England base rate is already at an all-time high of 01%, but there are rumors it could be cut to zero or below to boost spending and lending But that doesn’t mean not that mortgage rates will follow – and you are highly unlikely to get paid for a loan

However, if the mortgage market starts to cool down early next year, as expected, rates could start to drop

Rachel Dixon, Mortgage Advisor at RH Dixon, said: ‘These few months have been crazy As we see demand decline over the next few months, rates will return to more normal levels, so it may be helpful not to not engage in a fixed rate agreement

If you opt for a variable rate offer in the meantime, the prepayment charge is usually lower or nonexistent if you want to change later

The cheapest 85% two-year variable rate with no exit penalty is with West Brom BS at 234 percent, compared to Lloyds Bank’s fixed rate at 18 percent

Mortgage rates are still very cheap compared to ten years ago when a typical borrower with a 10% deposit could have paid 6% compared to 399% today So if you can afford them refunds, you may prefer the peace of mind that a fixed deal can offer

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