Bank Base Rate Drops

All eyes have been focused on the Bank of England and its reaction to the Brexit vote in regard to  base rate, that has been pegged at 0.50% since April 2009. The Bank has today announced that base rate remain at 0.50%. Despite this decision, it is possible that the cost of borrowing will fall during the next few weeks and there will be much for borrowers to take advantage of.

The trend in recent years has been for borrowers to favour low cost tracker rates, although many fixed rates are now cheaper than trackers, so offering the perfect solution of low cost as well as security.

AN EYE ON INTEREST RATES. Watch interest rates in the next few weeks and don’t be in a hurry to decide on your choice of product too early if you are applying for a mortgage. When the time is right, the recommendation might  be to then lock into a fixed rate for the next three or five years.

THE JERSEY PROPERTY MARKET. What about the property market? Ignore anything that the media has to say about house prices in the UK. Jersey is fortunate to find itself in a totally different financial, economic and geographical jurisdiction, and house buyers pulling out of transactions in the Island “because of Brexit” are not reading the market correctly.

A LONG TERM INVESTMENT. It is important for house buyers to remember why they are purchasing a property. In most cases it should not be deemed as a short term investment. The fundamentals of people needing a home and the current lack of supply in some of the sectors of the local market still apply. Remember, you can’t buy in the next town, as you can do in the UK, or in Europe, as the small problem of that strip of water that surrounds us on all sides tends to get in the way!

STILL SAVINGS TO BE MADE. With the lowest interest rates that have ever been seen, it is not just first time buyers or home movers who are able to cash in on the current bonanza. If you bought  your property a few years ago and locked into a long term fixed rate of 15, 20 or 25 years, then do consider a remortgage – the savings that we can achieve for our clients are huge – with one very happy couple in St Clement being able to reduce the total end cost of their mortgage by £80,160 or £5,844 each year over the remaining 15 year term of their new mortgage, subject to their new  rate remaining constant.

 

 

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