Rate cut 'will encourage buyers'
The decision by the Bank of England's monetary policy committee
(MPC) to lower the base rate by 1.5 per cent yesterday will help
encourage people to take out mortgages and buy new homes, it has
Responding to the news from the MPC, sales and marketing director
at homebuilding firm Persimmon West Midlands Anita Williams
commented: "Given the squeeze on credit, today's decision to lower
the rate to three per cent will certainly boost confidence in the
She added that this may prompt many to consider this a good time to
buy a new home.
The decision to make the biggest base rate cut since 1981 has been
broadly welcomed across the industry.
Council of Mortgage Lenders director general Michael Coogan hailed
the MPC action as "strong and decisive".
It is now important for the benefits of this to filter through into
lower mortgage costs, he added.