The largest lender in the UK, the Halifax, is cutting some of its mortgage interest rates for new customers as of today. This is the third mortgage rate cut the Halifax has announced this month.
Sixteen different mortgage deals will see cuts to their rates, with some being reduced by up to 0.3 percent, helping new mortgage customers get into a property by reducing their monthly repayments. A Halifax spokesman explained that they were keeping up with recent changes in interest rates by other lenders, ensuring they are competitive. 2 year fixed rate mortgage rates for example were unchanged since they had been reduced only a week ago.
In a market where property sales are down by about half compared with last year and mortgage approvals are down by over two thirds it remains to be seen whether these changes will significantly impact on the housing market, though the Halifax will surely be hoping it does.