On the 3rd August 2023, the Bank of England has announced that they are increasing the base rate to 5.25%.
This rise is the 14th in a row by the Bank of England as they seek to control inflation (the cost of living)1, by making it more attractive to save money and reduce consumer spending by increasing the cost of borrowing money. Latest data indicates that inflation is starting to reduce from the highs seen earlier this year, standing at 7.9% for the latest figures from June.2
How will this affect my mortgage?
The overall cost of borrowing money may continue to rise further, so it is important to look at your individual circumstances to see whether you are affected directly by the change today, or whether you may start to feel the difference when your current mortgage term comes to an end.
If you are on a fixed rate mortgage, your monthly repayments will be unaffected by the rate rise for the period that it is fixed for, however when it comes to finding a re-mortgage, there may be a significant increase in the monthly repayment amount.
If you are on a variable-rate tracker mortgage linked to the Bank of England base rate, you will see an immediate impact on the amount you repay.
If you are on your lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR), then you may see a rise in your monthly repayments, depending upon the decision of your lender.
Let us see how we can help
If you’re in any doubt as to what kind of mortgage you hold, or if you have any queries here, please do not hesitate to get in touch for our professional advice on your mortgage.
There’s an overwhelming amount of information online, some of it is conflicting or not applicable to you, so we would recommend you contacting us to let us look at your individual circumstances to provide bespoke information to allow you to make educated decisions to meet your financial goals for now and the future ahead.
Mortgage rates could be better than you think. Despite the doom and gloom from the national headlines of prices and rates going up, in the mortgage world, things are starting to change, with some welcome announcements recently that certain lenders are announcing fixed-rate mortgage products at lower rates than seen earlier in the year.3
If you’ve been thinking of moving home, or if you have a re-mortgage coming up and you’ve been dreading what the potential costs could be, let us see how we can help. We have the ability to search across the market and can access deals that aren’t found on the High Street, matched to your exact circumstances and financial situation. You might be surprised at what we can find – so please don’t be put off by what you read online and book an appointment with us.
Please note, your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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The Bank of England. 2023. Why have interest rates gone up?. Bankofengland.co.uk. Available at: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/knowledgebank/why-are-interest-rates-in-the-uk-going-up [Accessed 01 Aug 2023].
Office of National Statistics (2023) Inflation and price indices. https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices [Accessed 01 Aug 2023]
The Guardian (2023) Mortgage rates ease as Bank of England’s bitter medicine shows signs of working. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/jul/30/mortgage-rates-ease-as-bank-of-englands-bitter-medicine-shows-signs-of-working [Accessed 01 Aug 2023]