Accord Mortgages has updated its lending policies and will now be accepting residential house purchase and remortgage applications up to 90% loan-to-value (LTV).
Other changes will see the intermediary lender accept new build purchases up to a maximum of 85% LTV and Help to Buy applications up to 75% LTV.
It is also relaunching 18 new products to support with rates starting at 2.35% for 90% LTV resi purchases and 2.35 for remortgages. New Help to Buy products include a 2-year fixed rate at 1.93% at 60% LTV and a 5-year fixed rate at 1.99%.
Jeremy Duncombe (pictured), director of intermediary distribution at Accord Mortgages, said: “Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement where we improved our criteria and introduced physical valuations, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to return to as much of our pre-lockdown criteria as we can.
“This means a welcome return to 90% LTV for purchase and remortgage from today.
“We’re especially pleased to also be able to start lending up to 85% on New Build and offer Help to Buy products to support those who are keen to get on the housing ladder.
“We know the market is keen to get back to some sort of normal as fast as possible and these are all positive steps. In these uncertain times, brokers need to have a competitive range of options to offer borrowers.
“There has never been a better time for advisers to demonstrate the value of good advice and offer reassurance. These changes, and our common sense underwriting approach, allow brokers to do just that”
At present, lending in Northern Ireland is not included in these changes, and is being looked at separately.
Yorkshire Building Society is also increasing its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) to 90% on residential purchase and remortgage products and offering new build purchases up to a maximum of 85% LTV.