Like all businesses, Mortgage lenders are having to adapt to new ways of working with Covid 19, and each has responded differently, altering the way in which they do business, or making changes to their product ranges and lending criteria.
Lenders have a duty to ensure they lend responsibly, and many have changed the amount they will lend to customers.
There are currently far fewer options when borrowing over 85% of the property value, and borrowing over 90% can be particularly challenging.
Some lenders have introduced family assisted mortgages, which are designed to help first time buyers, and could be a great option for some.
The threat of a further downturn in the economy, and borrowers potentially being unable to keep up repayments on their mortgage is obviously a concern for lenders, and this is a particular issue for customers who are applying for a mortgage and whilst on the furlough scheme.