Sunday, April 27, 2008

Why Can’t I Get A Mortgage

Many people are starting to ask why they are unable to obtain a mortgage; it is not just those who have an adverse credit history who are being affected. So why are mortgage lenders so unwilling will to let people borrow their money?

Well it is all down to the now infamous credit crunch. These lenders are finding it extremely hard to borrow money themselves or at least at a worthwhile interest rate. Despite the governments of the Canada and USA slashing interest rates the market is showing no signs of picking up. It is as if there is some kind of stalemate taking place. Many of the mortgage lenders have been reluctant to pass on these interest rate reductions with the majority of them even increasing the interest rates on their fixed rate mortgages.

For the average man in the street this seems rather unfair. How often does a lender keep their rates unchanged when the Bank of Canada increases interest rates? Never is the answer, they are very efficient at increasing their rates. In my opinion there should be a rule which states that they have to pass the interest rate reductions on to their customers.

Governments around the world are trying to find a solution to this stalemate; they need to find a way to get the whole lending business moving again. For now people will just have to make do with that they can get, hardly an ideal situation, but that's just the way it is.

Financial experts are saying that there is a house price crisis, with prices likely to fall in a major way over the next couple of years. I personally believe that the fundamentals are fine but that the credit crunch and the affect that it is having is making it virtually impossible to buy and sell houses. There is likely to be some more bad news to come but within a couple of years the housing market will start to boom as people start to be able to borrow money again.

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