Ipswich withdraws 90% LTV discount mortgage for purchase and remortgages

Robyn Ashman

June 29, 2020


Ipswich Building Society is withdrawing its 90% loan-to-value (LTV) 2.79% discount mortgage for both purchase and remortgage cases as of 17:00 on Tuesday 30 June.

The move comes after the society experienced “overwhelming demand” for the product as other lenders pull back from high LTV lending.

For purchase applications, the Ipswich’s 75% LTV fixed and discount products remain available, rising to 80% for remortgage cases.

Richard Norrington, CEO at Ipswich Building Society, said: “In recent weeks we have been active in trying to assist borrowers and intermediaries in an uncertain market, moving quickly where we can to introduce new products and improve lending criteria.

“We have been closely monitoring our business levels and, even following previous product withdrawals, have continued to see a high volume of applications across our product range.

“Therefore, following overwhelming demand for our 90% LTV range, we are reluctantly now withdrawing from this market.

“We are working hard to process the backlog of applications and will be actively looking to relaunch as soon as we can prudently do so.”

The Society is also withdrawing its expat buy-to-let 2-year fixed 3.00% deal but the 2-year discount option remains in the range, up to 80% LTV for both purchase and remortgage.

It is also withdrawing its holiday let two, three and 5-year fixed mortgages but again the 2-year discount option is still available up to 80% LTV for both purchase and remortgage.

Norrington added: “We take great pride in our manual underwriting approach as it allows us to accept applications from borrowers who may be turned down by lenders who make decisions on an automated basis.

“However, assessing each and every application on a case-by-case basis is inherently more time-intensive than applying a computer-based algorithm.

“Therefore to maintain our high standards of service, and to give each application the attention it warrants, we feel this decision is in the best interests of both our direct customers and those applying via our intermediary

“As a mortgage lender, we actively want to help people get onto the property ladder, move house or remortgage and so the decisions we and other lenders are having to take at the moment are not made lightly.

“By staying active in the market longer than others, we are pleased we have been able to help some buyers and support the property market as a whole and look forward to returning to higher LTV lending and other areas of business when we have the capacity.”

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