What’s the latest in the mortgage market?
With a new year upon us, a burning question lingers: when will mortgage rates finally start to lower?
The answer, unfortunately, isn't as simple as a calendar date. Like the housing market itself, predicting the future of mortgage rates is a complex combination of economic factors, market sentiment, and global uncertainty. However, by looking at the current financial landscape and expert forecasts, we can at least paint a picture of what could be on the horizon.
What has already happened in the market?
Following Rishi Sunak’s instatement as prime minister, the proposed tax cuts announced in Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget have now been reversed and/or axed.
The current Bank of England base rate is sitting at 5.25%, the figure it has been at since it was increased to 5% in June. The reason for this is to combat inflation, which is currently sitting at 4%. The government's inflation target is 2%, and with the Bank of England MPC forecasting that inflation is going to continue dropping throughout the year, it is likely that we will see some base rate drops towards the end of the year - if their forecasts are correct.
Reasons for optimism
While runaway inflation was the main culprit driving interest rate hikes last year, its recent slowdown could have a positive effect on mortgage rates. Lower inflation pressures on the Bank of England (BoE) could pave the way for future rate cuts, trickling down to lower mortgage offers.
The housing market slowdown
Higher rates dampened buyer demand, cooling an otherwise hot housing market. If the base rate begins to move down, this shift in dynamics might incentivise lenders to offer more competitive rates to attract borrowers.
Some analysts predict a potential Bank of England (BoE) rate cut as early as the second quarter of 2024 (June), with gradual easing throughout the year. This anticipation itself can nudge mortgage rates downward in the meantime.
Global events like the ongoing war in Ukraine and potential economic slowdowns can make financial markets more volatile and influence inflation, impacting interest rates.
Your credit score, loan-to-value ratio, and chosen mortgage product will all play a role in the rates you're offered, regardless of broader market trends.
What does this mean for you?
Don't rush into decisions
If you're nearing the end of a fixed rate term, carefully weigh the options before making a snap decision. A lower rate might be around the corner, but consider potential penalties for leaving your current deal early. It’s good practice to start looking for a new deal six months prior to the end of your current one, so bookmark that date and keep your eyes peeled.
Keep an eye on the news and housing forecasts to stay ahead of the curve. Remember, the landscape can shift quickly, and it’s best to be as prepared as possible.
Consult a mortgage adviser
A mortgage adviser can navigate the complex market and find the best deals available based on your specific situation. With times changing as they are, it’s helpful to have someone who knows the industry in and out on your side.
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