Interest rates – the only way is up?

16th July 2018  |  12:00am

Interest rates – the only way is up?

Last November, interest rates rose for the first time in a decade, signalling the end of an era for extremely low borrowing costs. Given this prolonged period of low interest rates, there is now a generation of homeowners who have never experienced ‘normal’ interest rate levels.

Cheaper borrowing has helped fuel rising property values over the last decade. As a consequence, homeowners are borrowing larger sums to further their step up on the property ladder. The danger is that higher borrowing and rising interest rates may cause financial hardship in the future. Therefore, it is essential to plan ahead for any interest rate rises, as indicated by the Bank of England.

If you are already on a fixed rate which is coming to an end within the next 6 months, it is worth seeking advice now, as your lender may not offer the most competitive rate when you come to the end of your fixed term. New mortgage offers tend to last six months, therefore, you could secure a more favourable rate now, rather than in the future, when rates may have risen further.

With the threat of higher interest rates impacting on the cost of car loans, credit cards and personal loans, mortgage rates by comparison are nearly always more favourable. Therefore, if you are seeking to consolidate debt or release money for planned purchases, now may be the time to consider our mortgage services.

Get in touch

Ashington Page has linked up with senior mortgage adviser Sally Smiles of Salisbury Financial Services Ltd, based in Gerrards Cross. Salisbury’s has over 30 years’ experience in arranging mortgages and has access to whole of market.

For an initial discussion please contact Sally Smiles on 01753 889090 or sallysmiles@salisbury.co.uk

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