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Lower SWAP rates trigger five-year fixed rate mortgage competition

Latest analysis from our Residential Mortgage Analyser shows that the average five-year fixed rate mortgage has fallen from 2.84% to 2.79% in the last three weeks, and that the difference between the average two and five-year fixed mortgage rates has reduced by 0.03% to 0.32% over the same period.

Significant cuts to five-year fixed rate mortgages appear to be taking place after the five-year SWAP rate dipped below the two-year SWAP rate on 2nd August this year. The latest two-year SWAP rate is 0.66%, while the five-year SWAP rate is 0.60%, and records show that this situation is an unusual event. Indeed, the last time this happened was on 7th October 2008, the day before the Bank of England made the first of six consecutive monthly cuts to the Bank rate, which saw it fall from 5.00% to 0.50% by 5th March 2009.

Average two and five-year fixed mortgage rates against SWAP rates

 

Two-year fixed average rate

Two-year SWAP rate

Five-year fixed average rate

Five-year SWAP rate

Difference between two and five-year average mortgage rates

01-Aug-18

2.53%

1.14%

2.93%

1.41%

0.40%

01-Aug-19

2.49%

0.67%

2.84%

0.67%

0.35%

20-Aug-19

2.47%

0.66%

2.79%

0.60%

0.32%

Source: Moneyfacts


Darren Cook, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts, said:

“It seems that interest rate competition has stepped up in the five-year fixed rate mortgage market, with the average rate falling from 2.84% to 2.79% since the beginning of August 2019. Furthermore, the differential between the average two-year fixed rate at 2.47% and the average five-year fixed rate at 2.79% has reduced from 0.35% to 0.32% over the same period, perhaps giving the longer-term products a slight edge among borrowers open to either option.

“The cut to five-year fixed mortgage rates will be welcome news to those borrowers who are looking to lock into a slightly longer period and may be unsure which direction interest rates will move next amid the ongoing economic uncertainty. What will be certain for these borrowers is that their monthly mortgage repayment will remain unchanged for the next 60 months.

“The largest cuts to five-year fixed mortgage rates have taken place in the maximum 80% loan-to-value sector, which has fallen by 0.08% to 2.79% since the beginning of the month. This is closely followed by the maximum 70% and 85% loan-to-value sectors, which both fell by 0.06% to 3.00% and 2.81% respectively. Potential first-time buyers may feel a little hard done by, as the average rate at maximum 95% loan-to-value has remained unchanged at 3.63% since the beginning of the month.”

Click here to view the Moneyfacts Residential Mortgage Analyser brochure.

Published: 20 August 2019