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Two main mortgage lenders have unveiled “very significant” mortgage price cuts, in an indication of what some specialists have known as a “turning point” for households who’ve confronted years of hovering payments.

Barclays and Santander are the newest to slash charges, following HSBC and Halifax final week.

The Bank of England had reported that rates of interest on mortgages, loans and financial savings had been at their highest degree for a few years, with the the UK’s base rate of interest being elevated 14 occasions over the previous two years.

From Wednesday, Barclays has stated it’s chopping charges by as much as 0.5 per cent and launching a two-year fastened mortgage at 4.17 per cent for anybody with a 60 per cent mortgage to worth, down from 4.62 per cent, with a charge of £899.

While HSBC’s cuts had been notable for bringing charges down beneath 4 per cent, Barclays says the two-year fastened price mortgage will apply to anybody shopping for a brand new dwelling and never remortgaging for an current one.

Barclays has joined HSBC, Halifax and Santander in slashing mortgage charges


Other cuts will apply to 75 per cent LTV’s which can see charges lower from 4.7 per cent to 4.2 per cent and 95 per cent mortgages having charges slates from 5.8 per cent to five.5 per cent.

Santander can even lower charges tomorrow bringing some mortgage offers right down to lower than 4 per cent. It will launch a five-year fastened price mortgage at 3.89 per cent with a £999 charge for these remortgaging and three.94 per cent for folks shopping for for the primary time with a 40 per cent deposit.

Other modifications by Santander embody a discount in normal residential fastened price mortgages by as much as 0.82 per cent for brand new clients and all new construct unique charges diminished by as much as 0.56 per cent.

All giant mortgage fastened charges will lower by 0.25 per cent and buy-to-let and five-year fastened charges will go down up by to 0.56 per cent. Buy-to-let three-year fastened charges will likely be withdrawn.

Leading mortgage dealer, Mortgage Advice Bureau, instructed The Independent that the cuts signalled a “turning point” for the trade.

Gareth Davies, director at South Coast Mortgage Services instructed Sky News: “This is a very significant move by Barclays. The best one we’ve seen in 2024 yet.

“To see two-year fixed deals edging this much closer to 4% is not something many would have predicted a few months ago.”

Adrian MacDiarmid, head of mortgage lender relations at Barratt Developments stated they anticipated extra lenders to observe within the coming days: We have already seen some cuts to mortgage interests at the start of the year and would expect more lenders to follow in the coming days.

“There are a lot of lenders competing for market share and this will bring more opportunities to buy a home.

“Prospective buyers who feared that purchasing their own home was beyond them – because of barriers such as saving for a deposit – could find that mortgages are cheaper than they had expected.

“They might also be able to borrow more than expected by opting for the security of a long-term fixed rate mortgage, which could enable them to borrow up to six times their income.

“We would recommend that customers talk to a mortgage adviser who can look at all of the options available and find one that suits their circumstances.”