As you know, we bring you regular updates on legal matters that might affect you. This time, you’ll find out about mortgage rates and spring moves…

Wales has a reputation for rain, but February was the fourth wettest on record since 1871 for England, where rainfall totalled 130mm. All catchments received above-average rainfall during February, with 3/4 receiving more than twice the expected rainfall. (Source: > Water situation)

Now that April is in sight, the weather seems to be picking up a bit (we hope!), along with optimism about the residential housing market.

You might remember that mortgage rates soared from an average of 4.74% to 5.17% after the mini-budget of September 2022 (Source: MoneyFacts).

During 2023, the base rate was increased a few times in an attempt to control inflation. By the July, average mortgage rates peaked at 6.86%.

Since then, inflation seems to have steadied (currently 3.4% when the target is 2%), and the Bank of England recently held the base rate at 5.25% for the 5th time since December.

According to RightMove on 20 March:

Rates are still fluctuating, but Capital Economics predict the first cut in interest rates will be in June 2024, falling to around 3% by the end of 2025.

When interest rates fall, mortgage rates usually fall too, and that generally means more properties go on the market and more people get ready to move.

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