Lenders rein in high LTVs

Sarah Davidson

August 22, 2012

Moneysupermarket said in the past six months alone the number of mortgages available for loans up to 95% of the property’s value has fallen by 43% from 49 products to just 28.

In the past 12 months first-time buyer mortgage products have fallen by 31% from 1,786 to 1,225.

A number of lenders that were offering 95% mortgages six months ago have since withdrawn them from the market.

These include Cambridge, Ipswich, Nottingham and Skipton building societies.

Clare Francis, mortgage expert at MoneySupermarket, said: “Our analysis shows the continuing difficulty facing first-time buyers and those with smaller deposits looking to find a suitable mortgage.

“Despite the launch of the Funding for Lending Scheme which was designed to encourage further mortgage lending by the banks, there appears to be few signs that the initiative is helping those with small deposits.

“It is still early days and we won’t see any data on the impact of the initiative until the end of the year, but so far there is little to indicate that the scheme will kick start the beleaguered mortgage market.”

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