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Mortgage rates decrease in May

Ryan Fowler

June 18, 2014

The cost of retail mortgages fell by 0.15% in May from April, standing at 3.81%,.

The index combines the product fee with the initial interest rate to produce a percentage figure based on an advance of £150,000 over the initial rate period, or three years for term products.

The true cost index fell to 85.5 in May.

Sylvia Waycot, editor at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “The average true cost of a mortgage fell during the month of May thanks to a short-term improvement in wholesale funding as a result of the fluctuation in SWAP markets.

“As speculation on a base rate rise becomes even stronger, expectations are that pressure will mount on fixed rates to increase in the near future.”

Rates decreased across fixed and variable ranges, yet fixed 5-year deals rose by 0.01%.

The number of fixed rate mortgages decreased, yet the market saw 54 new 5-year fixed rate products and 11 new 3-year variable mortgages.


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