Mortgage rates up as fear of double dip recession rises
According to the Times, Northern Rock moved its five-year fixed-rate mortgage from 4.99 per cent to 5.39 per cent and withdrew its similar three and four-year deals.
Royal Bank of Scotland also pushed the deposit required on its two-year tracker from 20 per cent to 25 per cent, the equivalent of £10,000 on a £200,000 property .
Halifax chief economist Martin Ellis claimed that house price falls could be a possibility if a double-dip recession takes place.
Ian Gray, spokesperson for broker Large mortgage loans, told the newspaper: "To tighten criteria like this is a way of saying it does not have confidence in the sustainability of house prices .
Lender My Mortgage Direct recently claimed that a drop in house prices will not make properties much cheaper for first-time buyers, but will be bad for the market.
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