Some borrowers better off than others

Borrowers with tracker or variable rate mortgages have benefited from a 17 per cent fall in the cost of owning a home in the past year. However, everyone else including tenants and those on fixed rate deals, have faced an increase of 4.5 per cent in the cost of household expenses. Energy costs rose by 13 per cent, water by 5 per cent, council tax and domestic rates by 3 per cent and the cost of repair work by 5 per cent, but for borrowers whose mortgage repayments have fallen these increases have not be enough to offset the 47 per cent they saved on interest repayments, the average mortgage rate falling to 3.62 per cent in April this year, from 5.8 per cent at the same time last year.