Borrowers urged to check mortgage fees
The number of mortgages with uncapped upfront fees has jumped in
the last 12 months, it has been revealed.
According to data from Moneyexpert.com, in November last year there
were just 110 mortgage products on the market which came with an
uncapped application fee.
However, as of this month the figure has increased five-fold to
506, according to the financial comparison website.
The study also revealed that the cost of upfront fees has increased
by 63 per cent in the same timeframe to stand at £834 and that
uncapped fees can be as high as 3.25 per cent.
Sean Gardner, chief executive of MoneyExpert.com, said the findings
underlined the need for borrowers to look closely at the terms of
the loan they are offered.
He said: "The rate at which banks and building societies are
increasing the cost of their fees or switching to uncapped fees is
"Borrowers need to look carefully at mortgage deals and not just
focus on the interest rate. What might look like a good deal will
soon become a bad deal once fees are taken into account."