Since the financial crisis in 2008 lenders have been reluctant to offer high loan-to-value mortgages which has resulted in many of us being unable to afford our dream homes or take our first step onto the property ladder.
Without the help of high loan-to-value mortgages, some will have spent years saving for a deposit, are still living with parents, or are stuck in the rental cycle. The dream of owning our own homes seems somewhat in the distance.
But are times changing?
The number of mortgage providers that include a maximum 95 percent loan-to-value product in their range now stands at 60*, up from 53 a year ago and 13 more than five years ago, according to Moneyfacts. This is great news for potential first-time buyers and home movers.
A decade ago a borrower with a five percent deposit had just three products from three mortgage providers to choose from. Today, you have a choice of a massive 405 products, including 67 variable deals, from a huge total of 60 providers*.
More than four-fifths of mortgages available at a maximum 95% loan-to-value are fixed-rate mortgages, accounting for 338 products of the 405 available.
These deals enable you, borrowers, to have the certainty of knowing what your monthly repayment amount will be. This is perhaps of particular importance to those who are taking their first steps onto the property ladder.
With the number of high loan-to-value options now available, it’s important to seek professional advice. Your adviser will be able to find the right mortgage for you or your loved one’s specific circumstances should they want to take that first step onto the property ladder, which can be invaluable.
If you, or someone you know, would like to take advantage of the high loan-to-value mortgages available, please contact your adviser today.
* Number of products correct as of 16/04/2019