Home of Mortgages: The mortgage market is open for business

Jessica Nangle

April 2, 2020

Brokerage Home of Mortgages says that buyers can look to benefit from record low rates and the mortgage market remains open for business.

Home of Mortgages says that whilst a few lenders have had to divert resources during the beginning of the crisis to deal with existing customers requesting payment holidays, borrowers with deposits above 25 to 40% of the value of the property can generally access deals as normal.

Borrowers with smaller deposits should also proceed as normal with applications according to the brokerage as, even where lenders have limited certain deals, this is only expected to be for a short time while large numbers of people are requesting payment holidays.

Michael O’Brien, managing director at Home of Mortgages, said: “We are in a very unusual set of circumstances at the moment as we all try to get to grips with the ‘Stay at Home’ guidelines.

“Lenders are not only having to deal with the challenges all businesses are facing but also with a large number of requests for mortgage payment holidays from existing customers.

“Some lenders have temporarily limited their lending to applicants with higher deposits, but remain open for business.

“Even people with lower deposits should still speak to us as these limits do not apply to all lenders and are likely to be in place for only a short time with others.

“If a borrower is likely to be able to obtain a better deal by waiting a short time to submit an application, this time can be used to gather all the documents needed.

“Borrowers should remember that we are now seeing record low interest rates, following the Bank of England’s decision to cut the base rate to its lowest ever level of 0.1%.”

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