Following the trend in the market Northern Rock has announced a cut in its fixed rate mortgages, dropping them down to 6.43 percent from 7 percent.
Anyone looking at getting a fixed rate mortgage will appreciate the reduction but should bear in mind there is an arrangement fee on the Northern Rock products of GBP1,495. As stated other mortgage providers have also been reducing their rates so it is sensible to check the new offers available to find the one best suited to specific circumstances.
Potential home buyers still need a big deposit, this situation unlikely to change for some time yet say Northern Rock. The average deposit needed is around 20 percent currently, meaning first time buyers especially are finding it very difficult to get onto the property ladder.