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New Push To Grow The Interest-Only Mortgage Market
Leeds Building Society looks to widen the market for interest-only mortgages.
The chief commercial officer of Leeds Building Society, Richard Fearon believes that mortgages that do not include repaying the capital value of a property have “become the domain of the wealthy”. He adds his company wish to serve “the mass affluent too, the self-employed, and those wanting more flexibility.”
Market Yet To Recover Fully After 2008 Credit Crisis
The credit crunch of 2008 led to greater restrictions in many areas of credit provision. This squeezing of the market was combined with greater regulator scrutiny, cited by many organisations as a contributing factor behind them leaving the market. The activity of the regulators of the City gave rise to stricter rules presented in the 2014 Mortgage Market Review.
Mr Fearon states that throughout this time L.B.S. “never left the interest-only market” and he now expects that “we will see other lenders get interested in coming back to the market over time.”
As of the end of 2015, Council for Mortgage Lenders data shows that Britain had £238bn of interest-only stock, of which £208bn was purely interest-only.
The New Products
L.B.S. is increasing the percentage they are willing to loan based off a property’s value from 50% to 60% across all interest-only mortgages. Part-and-part mortgages can also get 60% loan-to-value mortgages with a further 15% available through their capital repayment component.
Affordability tests will be the same as capital repayment mortgages and stress-tested in conditions of up to a 7% interest rate.
Market research carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority and GfK found that by the year 2020, around 600,000 interest-only mortgages will mature. Almost half of all interest-only mortgages are predicted to have a shortfall and a third of shortfalls in 2020 are expected to be greater than £50,000.
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