Buckinghamshire BS launches specialist five-year fixes and desktop valuations

“Following our re-entry into the shared ownership market last month, we received multiple inquiries from brokers looking for a fixed rate option.”

Buckinghamshire Building Society has launched two new specialist five-year fixed rate products.

The first is specifically for shared ownership applicants and the second forms part of its later life lending range with the option of a desktop valuation to help reduce costs and speed up the application process.

The five-year fixed rate shared ownership product is available without a product fee for both purchase and remortgage cases for properties across England and Wales. The product is available for share purchase of 25%-75% with a maximum loan to share (LTS) of 95% and loans from £50,000-£500,000.

The five-year fixed rate later life offering is available for remortgage only for properties across England and Wales. The product offers a maximum LTV of 60% and a maximum term of 40 years on loans from £50,000-£300,000. Interest only, capital repayment or part & part will all be considered.

This is the first product that has been launched in conjunction with Buckinghamshire Building Society’s new desktop valuation option. If the property is unsuitable for a desktop valuation, other valuation options are available.

In addition to launching these new products, the Society has also reduced rates on a variety of their other mortgage products.

Claire Askham, head of mortgage sales, said: “Following our re-entry into the shared ownership market last month, we received multiple inquiries from brokers looking for a fixed rate option.

“It’s completely understandable, the majority of applicants looking at shared ownership are first time buyers who want to have the certainty of a fixed monthly payment which allows them to budget in a changeable market.

“As a mutual, a key part of what we do is to support low deposit buyers and help them achieve their dreams of property ownership. With the recent closure of the Help to Buy scheme, improving our shared ownership offering, along with our existing Family Assist and JBSP product range, opens the door for more purchasers to achieve their goals.

“Similarly, when looking at our later life lending range we could see the real need for a longer-term fixed deal, so we worked with our credit risk team to get one in place.

“It’s been an interesting few months, discounted rate products have been leading the way and who thought we would have been saying that 12 months ago? Despite that, as much as brokers and their clients are more accepting of these variable rate products now, there’ll always be a section of applicants who require a fixed option, so it’s important we’re offering that choice wherever we can.”

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