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&#39Death of dual pricing and discounts&#39

Virgin One is claiming the current trend of rem-ortgaging into cheaper

discounted loans has become a victim of its own success and will be extinct

by 2005.

The lender reckons many consumers have wised up to the mortgage industries

practices and are using this knowledge to dodge paying the standard

variable rate on their loans by churning their mortgages.

Virgin is citing switches in stance on discount rates by the likes of

Nationwide, which is offering the same rate to new and existing borrowers,

as the shape of things to come.

It also says according to Council of Mortgage Lenders figures only 40 per

cent of all mortgage borrowers are paying standard variable rates as the

take-up of discount rates has increased.

Virgin One Marketing manager Scott Mowbray says: “Together, these figures

sound the death knell for dual pricing and discount deals for homeowners

looking to remortgage. If current trends continue we estimate lenders won&#39t

be able to continue to offer these deals for more than another four to five

years and some lenders will have to stop before then.

“Transferring to another rate just won&#39t be an option. Consumers have

wised up and aren&#39t prepared to sit on standard variable rates long enough

for traditional lenders to recoup their loss on funding the discount.”


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