Over two thirds of homeowners fear a mortgage rate rise in the next twelve months, Legal & General research finds.
22 July 2014
- 68% of homeowners feel rates will rise within a year
- Historically low rates distort consumer perceptions: a quarter (25%) of homeowners feel that ‘normal’ mortgage rates are between 1.1% and 3%
Legal & General’s latest Mortgage Mood survey has revealed that 68% of homeowners fear a mortgage rate rise in the next 12 months, but the majority of that group (45%) believe that rates won’t increase by more than 1%. Looking forward two years, over half of homeowners (52%) feel that rates still won’t increase by more than 2%, with only 12% predicting an increase of 3% over the next 24 months. The research formed part of the quarterly survey run by Legal & General Mortgage Club, which tracks the attitude of homeowners across the UK on a range of mortgage related issues.
The report also revealed that the historically low rates characteristic of today’s mortgage market have distorted homeowners’ perceptions of ‘normal’. A quarter (25%) of those surveyed felt that ‘normal’ interest rates for a mortgage would be between 1.1% and 3%, with the views of the younger generation being particularly skewed. 26% of 18-24 stated that they felt a ‘normal’ rate would be up to 1%, but no more, with a further quarter (26%) admitting that they don’t know exactly what a normal rate should be. This uncertainty was highest amongst those over 65, with nearly half of that age group (46%) saying that they don’t know what a normal rate is.
Jeremy Duncombe, Director, at Legal & General Mortgage Club comments:
“It is encouraging to see that a large proportion of homeowners understand that a rate rise is likely over the next 12 months, and we agree with the overall sentiment that this will probably be under or around 1%. Despite this market awareness, the majority of homeowners are still not actively seeking to remortgage whilst they have the opportunity to take advantage of historically low rates. This can perhaps be explained by the fact that so few people seem to know what ‘normal’ looks like.”
Jeremy Duncombe, Director, at Legal & General Mortgage Club continues:
“In the short to medium term, rates will go up and the market will return to levels which we have seen previously. Borrowers should be planning now for a rate rise, and have a strategy in place which enable them to cope with increased mortgage repayments.”
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