As mentioned in one of my earlier columns, I could not envisage a rate rise for some time and, at the earliest the end of 2016, start of 2017. This has now also been stated by the Bank of England who suggest that there will be no movement in base rate for the whole of 2016. If it’s correct, then good news indeed! What this means is that lenders effectively have cheap money to lend. In the current climate, with minimal property stock for sale, reduced activity across the market and increased targets, we will see a lot of competition and possibly rate decreases as Lenders become more focussed on attracting new business.
This will also apply to the non high street lenders. They will have an uphill struggle to compete with the bigger lenders in rate reductions. Where this breed will succeed is through helping those who are rejected by the high street, for whatever reason. As the household names usually work on a computer automated credit scoring system, not everyone will fit the mould required. The smaller lenders have an ability to manually review an application, assess it on its merits and carry out a credit search, rather than a credit score. Rates are not far different from those on the high street and in most cases, the process will be the same. But having a human underwrite your application can be a big plus when other avenues may have been closed to you.
What is for sure is that obtaining professional advice from a company who is willing to stand behind their recommendations and build a relationship with you, rather than just treating you as a number, should be a key priority. Yes it may cost a small fee, but finding the right mortgage for your needs has to be more important in the longer term. As more and more regulations hit the mortgage industry, dealing with someone who is experienced and who has access to the whole market, rather than just a small panel of lenders, should mean that you get the appropriate advice and less stress to concern you later on. Remember, this is the biggest debt you’re ever likely to have. It should therefore be treated with the up-most respect.