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Leeds launches unique fixed rate mortgages with a ‘Welcome’ 0% initial rate

Leeds Building Society has launched a new and completely unique range of competitive mortgages that offer purchasers a combination of flexibility and certainty over a 3 or 5-year term. The new Welcome Mortgages, available up to 90% loan-to-value (LTV), provide a welcome innovation in the mortgage market by offering customers the option of paying 0% on the first 3 or 6 months of their mortgage, with the remaining monthly payments at a fixed rate for up to 3 or 5 years.

Furthermore, the total cost of these Welcome products is comparable with the standard fixed rate mortgages offered by the Society. There is no completion fee, a free standard valuation is available up to £335 and 10% capital repayments are allowed each year without penalty.

Kim Rebecchi, Leeds Building Society’s Sales and Marketing Director said, “The cost of buying a home is not limited to finding a deposit and being able to pay the mortgage. Stamp duty, solicitor’s fees and searches all have to be budgeted for.

“We also know that when people buy a new home, they want to make changes and put their own personal mark on it, and that is why we have launched the unique Welcome Mortgage. Customers can choose a 0% interest rate period and pay capital only, for either 3 or 6 months. This reduces their outgoings immediately after they move in and gives borrowers the opportunity to decorate, make improvements or buy furniture for their new home. They then pay a fixed monthly payment for the remainder of the product period at a competitive and affordable rate, creating flexibility and certainty at the same time.”

The 3-year fixed rate version starts from only 3.79%, with 3 months at 0%, and the 5-year fixed rate at only 4.23%. Both these products are at broadly the same cost¹ to the borrower when compared to the standard 3 and 5-year fixed rate version at 3.45% and 3.99% respectively.

Kim added, “These products offer excellent value and support borrowers in the early months in their new home. Depending on the size of the mortgage and the 0% period chosen, borrowers can initially reduce their outgoings by thousands of pounds², allowing them the flexibility to improve their property and manage their cash flow. Furthermore, their monthly payment after the 0% period does not increase significantly compared to a standard fixed rate product, avoiding a payment shock.

“These products ‘Welcome’ borrowers to their new home and really are excellent options for purchasers.”

For more information, customers can call the Society’s mortgage hotline, on 08450 540 994, where qualified mortgage advisors are available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Alternatively, they can call into their local branch or apply online.

Ends

Notes to Editors

The Welcome Mortgages are available from Wednesday 10th July 2013.

Example 1 – Highlighted in yellow in Table 2

£150,000 mortgage at 80% LTV, with a 0% period of 3 months, on a 3-year fixed rate Welcome Mortgage.

  • Initial monthly payment is £500.00 (capital only)
  • Differential over 3 months is £738.80 (e.g. decorate, make improvements or buy furniture)
  • Revert to payment after 0% period is £770.73 (£24.46 higher than payment on a standard product)
  • Over the 3-year product period a borrower would pay £1 more with a Welcome Mortgage compared to the standard 3-year fixed rate

Example 2 - Highlighted in yellow in Table 3

£300,000 mortgage at 90% LTV, with a 0% period of 6 months, on a 5-year fixed rate Welcome Mortgage.

  • Initial monthly payment is £1,000.00 (capital only)
  • Differential over 6 months is £4293.28 (e.g. decorate, make improvements or buy furniture)
  • Revert to payment after 0% period is £1803.49 (£87.94 higher than payment on a standard product)
  • Over the 5-year product period a borrower would pay £2 more with a Welcome Mortgage compared to the standard 5-year fixed rate

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Gary Brook - Head of Corporate Communication Tel- 0113 225 7606 - Out of Hours: 07866455111 Email: gbrook@leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk

Leeds Building Society has assets of £10.3bn (as at 31 December 2012) and 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland. The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.

¹ Table 1 shows the cost comparison between the Welcome Mortgage and a standard fixed rate product.

² The Examples in Notes to Editors and Tables 2 and 3 show the differential between the 0% periods compared to a standard fixed rate product. 3 Month 0% Differential is the difference between the initial monthly payment over 3 months compared to the Standard Monthly Payment. 6 Month 0% Differential is the difference between the initial monthly payment over 6 months compared to the Standard Monthly Payment.