06 Jan 2021

Could you be £3,600 better off with one simple change?

Could you be £3,600 better off with one simple change?

Mortgage borrowers on a standard variable rate could be almost £4,000 better off over the next two years by switching to a fixed deal.

Moneyfacts data shows that the economic uncertainty caused by Coronavirus had a significant impact on mortgage interest rates last year.

The financial services firm has studied what happened to these rates to help borrowers decide whether they should remortgage this year.

The current Bank of England base rate is 0.1%. It was cut to this level on March 19, 2020.


Moneyfacts explains that lenders factor in a number of considerations when setting rates, including risk of lending. However, the fall in the base rate did not lead to a decrease in some mortgage rates.

For example, the average two-year fix is higher year-on-year - increasing from 2.44% on December 1, 2019, to 2.49% on December 1, 2020. But, during July, the average rate on a two and five-year fix both fell to record lows of 1.99% and 2.25% respectively.

In addition, the average five-year fix is now lower compared to a year ago - dropping from 2.74% to 2.69%.

Despite interest rates on mortgages fluctuating throughout the year, Moneyfacts says borrowers on a standard variable rate (SVR) would still likely be better off switching to a fix.

Moneyfacts said: "The motivation to remortgage can clearly be seen based on the rate differential between the average two-year fixed rate at 2.49% and average SVR at 4.41%.

"Within the first two years, the amount that can be saved on repayments is over £3,600 - which is based on a £150,000 mortgage over a 25-year term on a repayment basis."

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