The number of people remortgaging has soared to a two-year high as homeowners take advantage of lenders’ end-of-year price war to lock into a good deal.
A total of 37,769 mortgages were approved for people switching to a new deal in October, 12.7% more than in the same month of last year, according to industry body UK Finance.
Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “As we head towards the end of the year, and lenders jostle for what business there is out there, there are some incredible deals on the market to attract borrowers.”
There was also an increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase, with these rising 3% year-on-year to 46,631, despite the uncertainty caused by the General Election and Brexit.
End of year competition among lenders is great news for anyone looking to remortgage.
Halifax is currently offering a two-year fixed rate mortgage of 1.08% for people with a 40% deposit, while NatWest is offering a two-year deal of 1.25% for those with a 25% deposit.
Rates ate only slightly higher for homeowners who want to fix for five years, with Virgin Money offering a deal of 1.46% for people borrowing 65% of their home’s value.
Nationwide, Halifax, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland all have five-year fixed rate loans with rates below 1.6%
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