In this two-minute read, we look at the return of 90% loan to value mortgages (LTV) and the flurry of activity in the housing market.
The property market has received a shot in the arm with some lenders including Nationwide reintroducing 90% LTV mortgages for first-time buyers.
As Nationwide is Britain’s second-biggest lender, the decision is another piece of good news for the sector which has roared back into action in recent weeks.
Metro Bank, Coventry for Intermediaries and Platform, the intermediary arm of the Co-operative Bank, have also brought back 90% LTV products.
Why are 90% LTV mortgages such a big deal?
For many first-time buyers, the most significant barrier to purchasing their own place is getting the deposit together.
With their 10% deposit requirement, 90% LTV mortgages are the most accessible option for those striving to buy their first home.
So, when lenders pulled their 90% LTV deals in June due to uncertainty over the economy, first-time buyers felt the squeeze. This was a broader concern for the industry because if property newbies can’t enter the market, it affects all the other players in the property chain.
First-time buyers are a driving force in the housing market, responsible for more than a third of all sales (according to property portal Zoopla). But now good mortgage deals are back on the table, things are looking up.
Back on track – big-time
After months in the doldrums due to lockdown, there has been a flurry of activity in the Cheshire housing market.
Miles Shipside, commercial director, and housing market analyst at Rightmove, said: “There’s been record demand for property on Rightmove since the market reopened.”
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