The Bank of England has announced an emergency reduction in interest rates to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Bank base rate is down by 0.50%.
We wanted to inform you that this could have an effect on your monthly mortgage payments and we would advise you to contact us at SJ Financial Solutions to find out how the reduced base rate will affect you.
If you currently have a ‘base rate tracker’ mortgage, then your monthly mortgage payments will be reduced from next month. Some people may not be able to see the reduction because of something called a ‘floor’ on their mortgage rate. A ‘floor’ is when the lender has set an interest that the mortgage rate can’t go below. Landlords and homeowners on the standard variable rate will need to see if the reduction in the base rate is being transferred across. They should receive a letter from their lender in the next few weeks to inform them if a decrease is being applied.
If you currently have a standard variable rate with your lender, then please feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you lower your monthly mortgage payments.
If you have a fixed mortgage rate, then your payments won’t be affected by the reduction until their introductory rate comes to an end. At this point, your lender’s standard variable rate will come into effect, so it would be wise to check how much your mortgage payments will be reduced by, compared to the amount indicated when you took out your current fixed mortgage rate.
If you have any questions about the reduction in the base rate and how this might affect your mortgage payments, then please feel free to get in touch with our mortgage advisors at SJ Financial Solutions.
About Stuart Mosley
Stuart Mosley (CeFA, CeMap, CLTM) founded SJ Financial Solutions in June 2005 having spent 12 years with big corporates such as Halifax and Santander. He felt the personal touch and straight speaking was missing from financial and mortgage advice services and set up SJ Financial Solutions to change this.
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