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Update on UK Interest Rates – August 2022

moneyEarlier this month, the Bank of England raised interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to 1.75%. This was its sixth successive interest rate hike and millions of homeowners will see their mortgage costs rise.

As the cost of borrowing increases, a potential adjustment in sales prices could present opportunities for investors less dependent on lending. But what impact will this new interest rate environment have on investors who have mortgages? We turned to leading broker Capricorn Financial for an update.

Market update by Capricorn Financial

Conor Murphy
Conor Murphy
CEO, Capricorn Financial Consultancy

“Although the cost of borrowing is increasing”, says Conor Murphy, CEO, Capricorn Financial Consultancy, “We are seeing positive lender criteria changes being announced. This is on the back of the Bank of England scrapping their affordability guidelines set in 2014. Nationwide announced that they are increasing income multiples for any borrowers earning in excess of £100,000 per annum from 4.75% to 5.5x. They are also increasing their maximum loan amount at 85% LTV to £1.5m. Furthermore, TSB announced they are reducing their stress tests for residential affordability, reducing the rate they apply to their affordability testing by 0.5%.”

Overseas lenders & rates

Maximum Loan-to-Value 80% (Residential and Buy-to-Let)

  • Rate guide (all 2 year fixed)
    • 60%: 3.64%
    • 70%: 4.24%
    • 80%: 4.69%
  • Typically 6-8 weeks to get offers agreed
  • Lending available for most countries
Comment: We are yet to see any international lenders increase their rates in light of the recent 0.5% increase, a lot of moves have been priced in for some time now which should hopefully re-assure buyers that they will not see overly reactive re-pricing whilst they are looking at buying a property. The biggest cause for concern at the moment pertains to down-valuations as this is the easiest way the banks can hedge their risk in potentially turbulent times. Currently in order to not get caught out last minute we are trying to encourage buyers to find at least 30-35% deposit so that they can confidently proceed with a purchase.

UK New build rates:

Rate type LTV Rate %
2 Year Fixed 85% 3.40
5 Year Fixed 85% 3.51
2 Year Fixed 80% 3.39
5 Year Fixed 80% 3.41
2 Year Fixed 75% 3.29
5 Year Fixed 75% 3.35
2 Year Fixed 60% 3.24
5 Year Fixed 60% 3.33

About the Author

Established in 1958, Benham and Reeves is one of London’s oldest, independently owned property lettings and sales agents.  With specialism in residential sales, corporate lettings and property management in prime areas of London, the company operates from 19 prominently located branches and 8 international offices.