HOMEOWNERS should considering nabbing a record low mortgage rate while they can, with lenders warning rates may not go lower.
Households are currently benefiting from the cheapest home loans on record but the Council of Mortgage lenders has suggested that the era of low rates may be coming to an end.
At present borrowers can get a two-year fixed rate mortgage for just 0.99 per cent, or those looking for longer-term deals can lock into a five-year fix at 1.64 per cent.
‘Mortgage rates are still close to historic lows, but we see little scope for further improvement with recent data showing a slight increase in mortgage rates on offer’, the CML said yesterday.
The warning that mortgages may not get any cheaper follows hints from the Bank of England that an interest rate rise may be closer than previously expected.
In the Monetary Policy Committee meeting last week three members of the board voted for a rise, rather than the expected one vote.
Interest rates were held at 0.25 per cent, with five to three votes but the Bank’s chief economist Andy Haldane said on Wednesday that he could change his vote in the coming months.
Mortgage rates hit low levels after the base rate was cut to 0.25 per cent in August last year.