Homeowners enjoy largest choice of mortgage products for 15 years

Homeowners enjoy largest choice of mortgage products for 15 years
Nick Cheek
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Nick Cheek

Homeowners looking for a mortgage can now access the widest range of products on the market for 15 years, research reveals.

At the beginning of November, there were 5,678 mortgage products on offer for borrowers — the highest amount since March 2008, according to Moneyfacts’ data.

And for buyers with a lower equity amount, there are the most deals available since September 2022. The number of deals that can finance a loan-to-value (LTV) of 95% rose to 254 and surged to 709 for mortgages up to 95% LTV.

Further, the choices on offer for first-time buyers, households’ remortgaging and home movers have shot up for the fourth consecutive month, leading to Moneyfacts lauding a ‘thriving mortgage market’.

The treasury report by the financial research company analysed mortgage industry trends throughout 2023. 

With more options on the market, lenders have battled a ‘mortgage war’ to appeal to buyers for the last three months.

The added competition caused a dip in prices for two and five-year fixed rates compared to last year, with a two-year fix standing at 6.29% — down from 6.47% in October 2022. The five-year alternatives also dropped, falling from 5.97% to 5.86% in the same period.

Market has seen ‘substantial recovery’

After a fourteen-month spell where the Bank of England hiked the base rate up to 5.25% to combat inflation, experts are confident the market is steadying and buyers will get value for money on their mortgage deals.

Katie Rampling, spokesperson at Mortgage Advice Bureau, said that compared to six months ago, “they are seeing more confidence in the market because rates are getting cheaper.

“Year-on-year, the market has seen substantial recovery when it comes to choice, but there is still more room for improvement for those borrowers waiting for fixed rates to fall further before they secure a new deal.”

Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfactscompare.co.uk, said: “Cheaper rates from lenders means better affordability for our clients in regard to how much they can borrow and how much their repayments are on a monthly basis.”