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Average mortgage application fee up 20% since 2009

Fees for fixed and tracker mortgage products have increased by over 20% since September 2009, according to

The comparison site says products with the lowest headline rates are not necessarily the best value over the term of the deal as once fees are factored in, a product with a slightly higher rate but lower set-up costs may actually prove cheaper.

For example, the lowest two-year fixed rate mortgage is from HSBC at 2.64%, however adding the combined booking and arrangement fee of £1,999 means the total amount to be paid back over the two years for someone borrowing £150,000 is £18,404.20.

The same amount borrowed over two years with Bank of Ireland at a higher rate of 2.78%, and a fee of only £799, would cost £17,461.48 – a saving of £942.72 over the two year period, despite the interest rate being 0.14% higher.


Base rate held and no more QE for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to hold the base rate at 0.5% for the 39th consecutive month and to keep its quantitative easing programme at £325bn. In February, the Bank voted to increase the size of its QE programme by £50bn to £325bn. This round completed last month. The minutes of […]


UK no longer in recession

The National Institute for Economic & Social Research has reported that the UK has exited recession after ceasing to contract.


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  • Fran brogan 11th June 2012 at 6:26 pm

    With inflation at about 5% we are saying no real change in the real amount – no story and therefore no issue.