As released last week mortgage rules have changed, making it tougher for buyers to secure a mortgage. Lenders now take into account all outgoings of each applicant from how much you spend on a regular food shop to asking if you gamble. The interviews carried out by the lenders such as Santander, Nationwide, Natwest, Halifax, Yorkshire Building Society and Lloyds Bank, can range between one and a half to two and a half hours long. You may say this is a step too far but 1 in 5 first-time buyers regret not purchasing a cheaper property because they underestimated the costs involved in owning a property on top of all other spends.
Prices are increasing throughout the UK, some areas more rapidly than others but now mortgage lenders have become more stringent, means it is less likely the hiking property prices will create a bubble and the system is more controlled.
In the last 2 months mortgage approvals have fallen by 11.9%, it is too soon to say whether this is because of the new rules but it will certainly in the near future make an impact. Other factors could be the absence in property on the market so people are resistant to move. Howard Archer, the chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight has said ''it is likely that the further easing back in mortgage activity in March from January's peak level reflected some banks raising their mortgage lending standards before the new regulations''.
Whatever the reason may be it is a measurement we could be thanking in time to come.
Beth Alexandra Property Specialists