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Nationwide restricts mortgages to borrowers with at least a 15% deposit

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Written by: Samantha Partington
17/06/2020
The building society is cutting its lending to protect borrowers from the risk of negative equity
Nationwide restricts mortgages to borrowers with at least a 15% deposit

Nationwide has withdrawn its lending in the face of house price uncertainty to protect its borrowers from falling into negative equity.

All new lending is now restricted to a maximum of 85 per cent of the property’s value.

Henry Jordan, director of mortgages at Nationwide Building Society, said: “The outlook for the mortgage market and house prices remains uncertain.

“As a responsible lender we must factor this uncertainty into our lending assessments, which is why we have taken the decision to reduce our maximum loan-to-value (LTV) for new business.

“Our priority at this time must be to help members keep their homes. As such, we need to ensure our members can afford their repayments, while doing what we can to protect them from falling into negative equity.

“We will continue to keep this situation under review and hope to return to lending at higher LTVs in the near future.”

The society will still allow lending up to 95 per cent LTV for product transfers and existing members moving home but for all new borrower house purchase, remortgages and first-time buyer lending, borrowers will need a deposit of at least 15 per cent.

Nationwide is also reducing fixed rates at 60 per cent LTV by up to 0.1 per cent for borrowers remortgaging to the society. Two-year fixed rates will now start from 1.09 per cent with a £1,499 fee and five-year fixed rates from 1.40 per cent with a £999 fee.

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