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Low interest rates are creating a 'golden opportunity'

Mortgage expert Ray Boulger told Daybreak that because of low interest rates, there is currently a "golden opportunity" for people to address their mortgage payments.

A regulator has warned home owners on interest-only mortgages that they are facing a "wake-up call" because up to half of these borrowers will not have enough money to pay their loans back.

Mr Boulger said: "If for example you took out a mortgage before the credit crunch probably you'd have started off paying interest rates of about 6%, now you might be paying 3%. So even though some people's incomes are squeezed, a lot of them will have probably seen their payments come down by half.

He added, "take advantage of the current interest rate periods to start repaying the mortgage."

'FCA should look at mortgage mis-selling' says Which?

We're worried that a significant proportion of consumers say they did not know they needed a separate repayment plan on their interest-only mortgage.

We hope the FCA looks into this further to establish whether lenders made it completely clear to interest-only borrowers that they would need a repayment plan, to be sure that there wasn't widespread mis-selling.

– Richard Lloyd, executive director of consumer group Which?


FCA: 'Not clear borrowers understood mortgage deals'

The FCA report said some borrowers are facing a wake up call. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Financial Conduct Authority report said it was not clear how well some borrowers understood the discussions about how the mortgage was meant to be repaid when they took the deal out.

Some 13% of interest-only borrowers said they were not aware when they took out the deal that they needed a plan in place to repay the whole amount borrowed, not just the interest - and a further 6% were unsure.

However, those who said they were unaware of the need for a repayment strategy were more likely to have taken out the deal longer ago and just one in 40 people (2.5%) who said they were unaware still has no repayment plan in place.

People on interest-only mortgages face 'wake up call'

A regulator has warned home owners on interest-only mortgages that they are facing a "wake-up call" because up to half of these borrowers will not have enough money to pay their loans back.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fears that consumers are under-estimating the scale of the problem.

Around 260,000 people are thought to have no strategy in place for repaying their loan.

Consumer campaigners also raised concerns that a "significant" number of people claimed to be unaware how their loan was meant to be paid back when they took the product out.

Mortgage lenders have agreed to alert at-risk customers to help them avoid "payment shocks".

Some people may have to sell their home to pay the loan back unless they control their repayment planning.

With around 2.6 million interest-only mortgages, some 10% of people have no plan for repayment.


Home repossessions lower than expected

A survey carried out for Shelter has shown that millions of Britons are finding it difficult to keep up with rent and mortgage payments.

Despite this, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show that the number of home repossessions have been much lower than expected.

The CML said that the number of home repossessions has fallen to its lowest level since 2007 in the third quarter of this year.

Rise in mortgage costs in recent months say homeowners

  • Shelter estimates almost one million people took out a payday loan over the last 12 months to help them cover their mortgage or rent
  • Based on their figures it is estimated that around 979,000 had taken out a high-interest payday loan for this purpose
  • The charity said the number of people constantly struggling to pay their rent or mortgage had increased by 44% over the past year - 7.8 million Britons
  • 4% of rent or mortgage payers said they had fallen behind with their payments, an estimated 1.4 million people at a national level
  • Nearly 10% of those surveyed said they used an unauthorised overdraft to help them cover costs, and one in ten of these people said they did so every month
  • More than a million homeowners saw their mortgage costs increase in recent months after several lenders raised their standard variable rates
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