Third of homeowners find change ‘scary’
A third (34%) of homeowners associate change with ‘uncertainty’ and are nervous about changes imposed on them, according to a study by TSB. And 20% admitted outright that they find change ‘scary’.
So it’s not surprising that only one in 10 are considering changing their mortgage provider, despite the possibility of a better deal on offer, and just one in eight would switch their bank.
Barriers to change
A third of homeowners are worried about the negative consequences of making a change, whether financial or otherwise.
But of course, in 2016 some changes could be imposed on homeowners, particularly if there is a rise in interest rates.
Last month TSB published a report ‘Getting Britain #ReadyForRateRise’ which found that one in five (20%) of homeowners had ‘no idea’ how a rate rise would affect them, despite the fact that nearly three quarters (72%) are likely to see their mortgage payments increase if the Base Rate rises.
Ian Ramsden, director of mortgages at TSB, said: “People can get ready for a rate rise now so the change doesn’t come as surprise. Being informed can help people cope with change much better.”