You may have seen a number of headlines over the past week around mortgages and interest rates, designed to get a reaction from readers.

Despite the headlines about rate rises and lender withdrawals, there are a significant number of mortgage products available for customers.

The withdrawals are a result of lenders repricing their products in line with the changing interest rate. I expect to see many new products return to the market over the coming days, albeit the pricing may look slightly different.

This is something that happens continuously in the mortgage market, and means we’re well placed to support you with all your financial advice requirements during these ever-changing circumstances.

Martin Lewis* has shared some useful advice about what mortgage customers should do next:

“If you’re serious, speak to a broker – they’re currently more important than ever. Lenders’ acceptance criteria differ from one to the next, plus they’re subject to change – something that’s been done at short notice in reaction to the cost of living crisis. For example, one lender might include overtime or commission in your income assessment, and another might only count your base salary.

To navigate the maze, we strongly suggest you use a mortgage broker. They do the ‘finding a deal’ work for you and have details of most lenders’ acceptance criteria, which aren’t easily obtainable by the public, plus many deals (even some product transfers) that can only be accessed via brokers.”

As always, we are available should you need any support or advice on your finances and insurance.

If you would like to talk with one of our advisers, contact us on 01925 357 060 or email [email protected].