Boost For First Time Buyers: 90% LTV Mortgage Products Return

Written by Editorial Team
Last updated: 26th August 2020

90% LTV Mortgage Deals Are Beginning To Return To The UK Market

During the past few months, many platforms had previously removed their offers of higher LTV mortgages due to government lockdown restrictions impacting the housing market.

This has, for many, restricted their ability to buy – especially for first time buyers – as they did not have sufficient capital to afford the higher deposit.

However, with lockdown easing and restrictions lifting, the gradual return of these higher LTV rates are returning – with Virgin Money and Nationwide leading the charge, with a focus on 90% LTV mortgage first-time buyers.

Today Virgin Money have also launched a new 90% LTV mortgage range to first time buyers.

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Sarah Green, head of intermediaries at Virgin Money, said: “We recognise how challenging the last few months have been for all buyers, including those trying to get onto the property ladder.

“By offering longer-term fixed rates along with the Home Buying Coach app, we are giving new borrowers an opportunity to lock their rate in for the medium to longer-term, safe from immediate market fluctuations.

“The addition of the Home Buying Coach app means first-time buyers also have the have information and guidance to help them take that first and important step onto the property ladder.”

Henry Jordan, director of mortgages at Nationwide, said: “First-time buyers are vital to breathing life into the housing market and economy. We understand one of the biggest barriers to homeownership is raising a deposit. As a building society, owned by our members, we are extremely well placed to look at ways of helping people into a home of their own. While we will continue to monitor the market carefully, we feel it is the right time to enhance our lending, initially to those looking for their first home. We welcome the government’s announcement on stamp duty and hope our combined changes create a positive impact on a market that, despite being in relatively good health, is still recovering.”

What is a 90% LTV?

The acronym “LTV” stands for “loan-to value” – it refers to the amount of money you need to borrow in order to buy a home and the value of the home itself.

For example: you want to buy a home which is valued at £300,000, and you have a deposit of £30,000.

This deposit is 10% of the value of the house, so you will need to borrow 90% of the value of the house as a mortgage in order to purchase the house.

This means that when you are looking for a mortgage, you’ll need a 90% LTV.

The majority of first-time buyers will be looking for a 90% or 95% LTV mortgage, so that they can get themselves on the property ladder as soon as possible once they have enough deposit. So, for quite a few first time buyers this is a move in the right direction but may not be enough to enable them to purchase their first home yet.

For example, the average cost of a first home in the UK according to Zoopla currently stands at £220,000 – this number almost doubles in areas of high demand, such as London, where the average first-home can run up to £415,000. This is still a very considerable deposit cost, so buyers in these areas may not be able to purchase without a 95% LTV rate available.

What’s happening?

From Monday 20th July 2020, Nationwide relaunched mortgage rates at a 90% LTV rate for first time buyers.

The director of mortgages at Nationwide, Henry Jordan, stated that this decision is the result of Rishi Sunak’s recent announcement regarding the temporary cut to stamp duty tax (which we have also recently blogged about) as well as the fact that the market is showing signs of returning to life following the lifting of some lockdown restrictions.

Nationwide have also stated that they are not imposing limits on the number of loans which will be available at this LTV.

Virgin Money from 26th August have launched new first time buyer 90% LTV mortgage products on a 7 and 10 year fixed rate basis.

What does this mean?

This means that those wanting to get on the housing market with only a 10% deposit will be able to do so once more.

Higher LTVs such as 90% had largely been withdrawn from offer by many providers due to the economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, as the UK begins the process of moving out of lockdown and begins the effort to re-start and recover the economy, the hope is that by providers such as Nationwide re-instating these LTV offers, this will help the housing market to bounce back and to stimulate the wider UK economy.

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