Just as we have seen a rush by mortgage companies to put their rates up, so they are not left as the cheapest on offer facing a deluge of applicants, so we are now seeing a rush to withdraw mortgage products altogether as mortgage companies struggle with the volume of demand.
Individual companies are right to stress they are withdrawing products and increasing prices because they are inundated in the wake of Northern Rock’s withdrawal from the market, not because they have run out of money. The system as a whole, however, is cutting back on its volumes because it is rightly being more cautious about how much money it can raise from different sources. The Credit Crunch is having a real impact at last – it means less money for banks and Building Societies as a whole to lend, which means fewer mortgages, lower proportions of the house value being advanced and higher interest rates (relative to market rates).
This in turn will mean lower house prices.
The rest is covered by yesterday’s post entitled “Are all mortgages wicked?”