Residential mortgage costs are back on the rise after two successive quarters reporting a number of cost and rate reductions.
New figures from Mortgage Brain’s product data analysis, which provides a breakdown of all main products types in the UK mortgage market for a repayment mortgage and calculated by cost per ‘£000’, reveal that the cost of the most popular two, three and five year mortgages has increased during the past three months.
Since the start of August 2018, the cost of a 70% and 80% LTV two-year tracker, for example, has increased by 4%, while its 60% and 90% counterparts have increased by 3% over the same period.
Based on a £150,000 mortgage, borrowers looking to take out one of these mortgages now face an annualised increase of up to £288.
With a current rate of 2.27% (as of 1 November 2018), the cost of a 60% LTV five-year fixed mortgage is now 2% higher than it was over the same period, while an increase of up to 1% in cost has been recorded for some two, three and five-year fixed mortgages.
For the first time in many months, Mortgage Brain’s longer term analysis also shows a number of cost increases compared to this time last year.
The cost of the 60% two-year tracker, for example, is now 5% higher than it was at the start of November 2017, and a 2% increase in cost has been recorded for some two and five-year fixed rate mortgages too.
Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, said: “With the Bank of England maintaining the base rate at 0.75% for the third consecutive month it’s looking more and more likely that any future rate increases will be at a slow and gradual pace.
“A lot of the movement that we saw in our latest product analysis has happened since the start of September, however, so once again, the UK mortgage market could be on the verge of change where we revert back to seeing a period of increases in the cost of residential mortgages.”