Many people are starting to ask why they are unable to obtain a mortgage; it is not just those who have an adverse credit history who are being affected. What are the reasons behind the financial institutions’ reluctance to lend money?
Going back to the previous question; well it is all down to the now infamous credit crunch. These banks and building societies do not have the confidence or capability to start lending out buckets full of cash. Despite the governments of the UK and USA slashing interest rates the market is showing no signs of picking up. It is as if there is some kind of stalemate taking place. Many of the mortgage lenders have been reluctant to pass on these interest rate reductions with the majority of them even increasing the interest rates on their fixed rate mortgages.
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For the average man in the street this seems rather unfair. How often does a lender keep their rates unchanged when the Bank of England increases interest rates? Never is the answer, they are very efficient at increasing their rates. In my opinion there should be a rule which states that they have to pass the interest rate reductions on to their customers.
Governments around the world are trying to find a solution to this stalemate; they need to find a way to get the whole lending business moving again. For now people will just have to make do with that they can get, hardly an ideal situation, but that’s just the way it is.
I have read a report in my local newspaper where a prominent financial specialist predicted that house prices were likely to fall further. The credit crunch, the financial meltdown, the recession and overall lack of confidence is likely to mean that house prices will continue to remain low for the foreseeable future. There is likely to be some more bad news to come but within a couple of years the housing market will start to boom as people start to be able to borrow money again.