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Two-year fixes drop to 15-month low

The average two-year fixed rate deal has fallen to its lowest level in 15 months, according to Moneyfacts.co.uk.

The average rate for a two-year fix last May was 6.59%, this has now dropped to 4.61%.

Three-year fixed rate deals are now priced at an average of 5.3%, while five-year fixed rates are at 5.74%.

But the low rates have not been enough to tempt borrowers away from their lender’s SVR.

Moneyfacts.co.uk calculates that based on a £150,000 mortgage borrowers would save £164.38 a month by reverting to the current average SVR of 4.66%.

Those reverting to a low SVR of 2.50% would save £330.18 per month.

A spokesman for Moneyfacts.co.uk says: “Lenders are easing their criteria and competition is returning to the market, which should be a perfect platform for a resurgent mortgage market.

“But lenders are competing for a reducing amount of business and there is little incentive for borrowers to remortgage to another mortgage deal.”

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  • derek 27th May 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Why can’t Mortgages be extended the same as Leaseholds to perpetuity,or 999 years,as long as financed ?
    Loans based on 4-5 times average incomes,are unfair,being TRUE average after stoppages is nearer to £12k,the quoted National average includes the very high salaries,often in excess of £200k vis Council Officers.