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Pink calls for more Libor loans

Pink Home Loans has urged more lenders to launch London Interbank Offered Rates linked mortgage products.

Pink Home Loans managing director David Copland says: “In the past Libor linked mortgages have been unpopular mainly due to the fact that borrowers did not understand them.”

But the network says the view that Libor is too complicated is old fashioned, especially in the wake of the credit crunch, in which Libor has played such a central role.

Copland believes that charging Libor is the fairest method for both parties: “Standard variable rates have always favoured the lenders as it is their decision when and how they set it against Bank base rate.

“But BBR products on the other hand have given the borrower the upper hand, especially in the current market, in which there has been such disengagement between BBR and Libor. By linking products to three month Libor seems to be the way forward.

“The only issue appears to be realignment every three months, however this can be overcome by having either an annual change of payments or linking to a flexible mortgage.”


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