Mortgage repayments hit 12-year high but its not all bad news
Homebuyers are now paying the most expensive monthly mortgage repayments since 2010, according to newly released market research. Yet despite this, today’s costs still remain a long way off the historic highs of 2007.
Official figures released by the Bank of England this week demonstrate that the number of mortgage approvals in the UK has dropped in the past month. And while this decline is reflective of the turbulent economic times facing the nation, it simply means approval rates have returned to their normal pre-pandemic level. It could, therefore, be said that rather than hit a new low, approvals have returned to normal after a prolonged period of boom which is not a bad thing.
One reason for this drop in approvals is declining buyer demand which is being caused in part by rising mortgage costs.
Today, the average monthly repayment for a 3-year fixed-rate mortgage over 25 years at 75% LTV with a 25% deposit is £948. This is £86 more expensive than last year’s average and the highest it has been since 2010 when the average payment - after being adjusted for inflation - was £972/month.
Analysis by mortgage experts, Revolution Brokers, highlights that today's numbers are still considerably lower than 2007’s high point when the global financial crash pushed the average monthly repayment up to £1,355.
It’s also important to note that this current hike in repayment costs is not an anomaly. Instead, the average repayment has, with a couple of exceptions, been rising gradually since the 2012 low point of £771/month.
As for variable-rate mortgages, it’s a similar story. Today’s average monthly repayment of £1,135 is £49 higher than last year and the highest since 2008 when the average was £1,350.
Just like the recent history of fixed-rate mortgages, today’s variable-rate repayments have been on an upward trajectory, with the odd anomaly, since 2011’s low of £771/month.
Almas Uddin, Founding Director of Revolution Brokers, commented: “This is undoubtedly a hard time for buyers, not least those on a variable rate mortgage. However, we do still have something to be a little thankful for and that’s the fact that current economic turmoil has not pushed mortgage costs anywhere near to the crippling highs we saw as a result of the last global financial crash.
“Furthermore, it is possible that we now have a more stable leadership in the UK which will calm some of the markets that have influenced this recent rise in mortgage costs and we have already seen mortgage rates start to reduce in recent weeks.”
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