Skipton Building Society launches 95 per cent mortgage…

Skipton Building Society launches 95 per cent mortgage for first time buyers

SKIPTON Building Society is re-entering the 95 per cent mortgage market with two deals to help first time buyers get on the property ladder.

But the society has warned that it expects to see a high level of demand for the five per cent deposit products and advises homebuyers not to delay their applications as the deals may have to be pulled at short notice.

The products, which are only available to first time buyers, are a fee free standard five-year fix at 4.17 per cent and a fee free Shared Ownership five-year fix at 4.52 per cent. Only the Shared Ownership product can be used for new build or flats.

Alex Beavis, Skipton’s Head of Mortgages, said: “The time is now right for Skipton to once again support first-time buyers who have been able to save a five per cent deposit.

“The society is in a strong financial position and this means we can re-enter the 95 per cent market with confidence, focused on delivering on our mutual purpose of enabling homeownership and supporting this most underserved segment of first-time buyers.

“Given the pent-up demand from buyers being unable to access 95 per cent deals over the last year or so, we expect to see high volume levels of applications.”

Criteria for 95 per cent lending includes:

• No furlough

• 50 per cent additional income can be included (two years evidence)

• Not available on flats or new build (except Shared Ownership)

• Max LTI 4.49.

• Available direct and intermediary

• Max loan – £450k.

The criteria for Shared Ownership is same except that it is available on flats or new build.

Full details of Skipton’s mortgage range can be found at or call the customer service team on 0345 8501755 or visit any Skipton branch.