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Gap between two and five-year mortgage rates lowest since 2013

Written by: Shekina Tuahene
The gap between the average rate for a two and five-year fixed mortgage was 0.27% last year, the smallest difference recorded since June 2013, according to data.

This was the year that followed the launch of the Funding for Lending scheme in 2012, which Moneyfacts said suggested the current low base rate environment and heightened borrower demand showed lenders were open for business. 

Last year, the average rate for a two-year fix was 2.28% while a five-year fixed deal was 2.55%. 

The analysis also revealed that as of today, the difference between the average rates for the two mortgage terms was still nominal with a gap of 0.17%. While there has been an overall increase since last year, the current average rate for a two-year fix is 2.52% and a five-year fix is 2.69%. 

Eleanor Williams, spokesperson at Moneyfacts, said: Historically, two-year fixed products have been popular with borrowers, however while the economy remains full of uncertainty, some may find themselves ultimately better off with a five-year fixed rate mortgage.  

“Although five-year deals generally carry higher rates than their two-year equivalents – as borrowers are effectively purchasing the longer-term stability and protection from future interest rate increases these provide – with the gap between the two options currently so low, this may be an opportune time to secure the peace of mind a longer-term fixed rate can bring.”

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