As financial information company Moneyfacts reported, average mortgage rates have declined for the first time in months, with two- and five-year fixed-rate deals dropping. The average rate on a two-year fixed deal is now 6.79%, down from 6.81% on Wednesday, while the average five-year rate decreased to 6.31% from 6.33% the day before. The majority of UK mortgage holders are on fixed-rate deals.
Fixed mortgage rates have not experienced a decline since the spring. The average two-year tracker mortgage rate remains the same as on Wednesday, at 6.03%.
This rate decrease can be attributed to a surprise drop in the inflation rate, which led to lower interest rate forecasts. It is now expected that the Bank of England will need to implement fewer base interest rate hikes to achieve its 2% inflation target. Prior to the inflation announcement, some experts had anticipated the Bank’s base interest rate to exceed 6%, but it is now estimated to peak at 5.75%. This lower expected rate is now being factored in by mortgage lenders.
Despite the recent decline, mortgage bills for those who recently agreed to a new fixed rate are still significantly higher than during the years of ultra-low interest rates. In October 2021, the average rate on a five-year deal was merely 2.55%.
According to the banking industry trade body, UK Finance, it is worth noting that more than 2.4 million fixed-rate deals are set to expire between the summer and the end of 2024.