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Mortgage Lenders Cut Rates After Surprise Inflation Drop

October 16, 2023

In an unexpected twist, leading mortgage lenders in the UK, including NatWest, have decided to slash their mortgage rates following a surprising drop in the country's inflation rate. Brokers now anticipate that more lenders will follow suit.

The surprise decision comes ahead of the Bank of England's interest rates decision, where banks and financial institutions have announced a fresh wave of home loan reductions. NatWest, in particular, has declared rate reductions of up to 0.31 percentage points on its fixed residential and buy-to-let mortgages.

This move will allow NatWest to offer five-year fixed-rate deals starting at 5.14%. However, stiff competition in the mortgage market has offered even lower rates. These recent reductions are expected to create a more favourable environment for homebuyers and those looking to remortgage. Many brokers have declared that a full-scale mortgage price war is underway in the UK, with lenders competing aggressively to attract customers. While mortgage rates have gradually decreased over the past few weeks, the inflation data has prompted a fresh wave of reductions. Last month, the UK's annual inflation rate unexpectedly slowed to 6.7%, a significant factor in these decisions.

This unexpected turn of events is excellent news for potential homebuyers and homeowners seeking to refinance, as it's now a buyer's market with competitive rates and numerous options. The ongoing rate reductions are something to watch, as they may offer advantageous opportunities for individuals in the mortgage market.

If you want to learn more, contact our conveyancing team, who can help discuss this further. 

Information gathered from The Guardian, see here

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