Nationwide announces changes to maximum loan to value lending

16 June 2020

  • Maximum LTV of 85% for house purchase, remortgages and lending to first-time buyers
  • Society maintains lending up to 95% LTV for existing mortgage members
  • Two and five-year fixed rates reduced by up to 0.1% for those with 40 per cent deposit

From Thursday 18 June 2020, Nationwide Building Society is changing the maximum Loan to Value (LTV) amount that it will lend to different borrower types across all of its lending channels.

Due to these unprecedented times and an uncertain mortgage market, the Society has taken the prudent decision to reduce the maximum LTV borrowers can access in order to continue lending responsibly. These changes reflect both the current state of the market and follows similar moves by other lenders, whilst ensuring Nationwide continues to support the post-Covid recovery of the housing market.

The new maximum LTV’s are:

  • Existing mortgage members - will continue to be able to switch to a new mortgage deal regardless of their LTV providing there is no increase in LTV. Applications from existing mortgage members moving home that are above 85% LTV will also be considered on a like for like LTV basis.
  • House purchase, remortgages and first-time buyers - lending available up to a maximum of 85% LTV. As a responsible lender, Nationwide needs to ensure borrowers can afford mortgage payments and are, as much as possible, protected against the potential for negative equity, should house prices decrease.

Nationwide is also reducing fixed rates at 60% LTV by up to 0.1% for borrowers remortgaging to the Society. Two-year fixed rates will now start from 1.09% with a £1,499 fee and five-year fixed rates from 1.40% with a £999 fee.

Henry Jordan, Director of Mortgages at Nationwide Building Society, said: "The outlook for the mortgage market and house prices remains uncertain. As a responsible lender we must factor this uncertainty into our lending assessments, which is why we have taken the decision to reduce our maximum LTV for new business.

"Our priority at this time must be to help members keep their homes. As such, we need to ensure our members can afford their repayments, while doing what we can to protect them from falling into negative equity.

"We will continue to keep this situation under review and hope to return to lending at higher LTVs in the near future."

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About Nationwide

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 18,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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