Some Abbey National mortgage customers, specifically those looking for fixed rate mortgages, are facing rate increases of up to 0.56 percent. This comes only a week after rates were reduced by the company.
The biggest increases are in the short term period fixed rate mortgages, with the 3 year one going up to 6.49 percent from 5.93 percent. The Abbey National is citing a major increase in swap rates for the rises, feeling they will force the Bank of England to increase the base rate.
An Abbey spokesman, aiming to explain the shifts in interest rate commented on their strong market position enabling them to reduce mortgage interest rates last week, but this latest news has forced them to increase them again.