Halifax Intermediaries reduced the rates across its higher loan-to-value products, with Lloyds Banking Group’s interim director of strategic partnerships Ian Wilson stating that the broker channel is very important to the lender.
The main bank meanwhile, dropped rates by up to 0.3 per cent across its range. Mortgages director Craig McKinlay stated: “The reduction of rates within our two and five-year range demonstrates our ongoing dedication to helping homemovers and customers planning to remortgage save money by taking out a mortgage with Halifax.”
The deals came in a week when Moneyfacts.co.uk claimed that building societies were beating banks in terms of rate cuts, with its own analysis showing the average five-year fixed rate from banks as 3.51 per cent, while the average rate from building societies is just 3.21 per cent - a 0.30 per cent difference.
In the two-year fixed market, the average rate from banks is 2.78 per cent, but building societies again came in lower, with an average rate of 2.54 per cent. lower.
A spokesperson for the website said: “It is disappointing that despite all the money given to banks from the government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme and the ever-growing price war between providers that banks are still failing to compete on the overall cost.”
As for deals announced this week, intermediary-only lender Dudley Building Society launched three new products through its panel, including two aimed at clients looking for up to £1m.
Jeremy Wood, their chief executive, explained: “Last year much of our resource was employed in bedding in new processes and the new IT system, designed specifically to build our capability in the intermediary market.
“Having successfully completed that transition, this year we are focussing on developing our product range while continuing to improve our service to the intermediary community.
Sticking with building societies, Nationwide reduced selected two and three-year fixed rates and two-year tracker deals by up to 0.20 per cent for existing customers looking for a new deal, while Yorkshire Building Society’s intermediary arm Accord Mortgages launched a range of 20 fee-free fixed-rate mortgages.
Here are all the rates that were publicly announced this week:
|Lender||LTV/Type||Headline Rate||Product Fee|
|BM Solutions||60%/3-year fixed||2.99% (BTL)||£995|
|BM Solutions||60%/50year fixed||3.39% (BTL)||£1,495|
|Accord Mortgages||65%/2-year fixed||1.79%||£0|
|Accord Mortgages||65%/5-year fixed||2.59%||£0|
|Dudley Building Society||75%/3-year fixed||3.99% (or 3.49% discounted)|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||75%/2-year fixed||2.09%||£0|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||75%/5-year fixed||2.89%||£0|
|Halifax||75-85%/2-year fixed||2.39% (FTB)||£495|
|Halifax||75-85%/2-year fixed||2.44% (home mover)||£495|
|Halifax||75-85%/2-year fixed||2.49% (remortgage)||£495|
|Dudley Building Society||80%/3-year fixed||3.19%|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||80%/2-year fixed||2.19%||£0|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||80%/5-year fixed||3.09%||£0|
|Halifax||80-85%/5-year fixed||4.14% (FTB and homemover)||£495|
|Halifax||80-85%/5-year fixed||4.09% (remortgage)||£495|
|Accord Mortgages||85%/2-year fixed||2.59%||£0|
|Halifax Intermediaries||85%/2-year fixed||2.04%||£1,499|
|Halifax Intermediaries||85%/2-year tracker||1.89%||£999|
|Halifax Intermediaries||85%/5year fixed||3.86%||£999|
|Halifax Intermediaries||85%/2-year fixed||2.39% (remortgage)||£999|
|Halifax||85-90%/2-year fixed||3.68% (FTB and homemover)||£495|
|Halifax||85-90%/5-year fixed||4.49% (FTB and homemover)||£495|
|Halifax Intermediaries||90%/2-year fixed||3.44%||£1,499|
|Halifax Intermediaries||90%/5-year fixed||4.24%||£999|
|Halifax Intermediaries||90%/2-year fixed||3.79%||£999|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||90%/2-year fixed||2.49%||£999|
|Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks||90%/5-year fixed||3.49%||£999|
|Halifax||90-95%/2-year fixed||4.69% (FTB and homemover)||£495|
|Halifax Intermediaries||95%/2-year fixed||4.49% (Help to Buy)||£999|