New cashback from UCB

Amanda Jarvis

January 15, 2003

The product is a 5-year tracker based on the Bank of England base rate plus 1.99%, giving it a current interest rate of 5.99%. It is only available for a limited time.

Charles Reed, managing director at UCB Home Loans said: “Nationwide’s latest figures show that the average deposit a first-time buyer needs to raise has increased dramatically over recent years, from £5,000 in 1996 to over £18,000 in 2001 for the UK, and over £31,000 in London.

“Cashbacks have been a regular and popular feature in our product portfolio and this product may appeal to first-time buyers, who often find their savings are stretched to cover all the expenses of a property purchase.”

The mortgage is available to both first-time buyers and those who have owned a home before, including those who are remortgaging. It is not, however, available on buy-to-let mortgages. The loan-to-value limit on the product is 85%, effectively providing the borrower with 90% of the purchase price when the 5% cashback is included. A £295 arrangement fee applies to the mortgage.

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