Over 30,000 HSBC customers on variable-rate or tracker mortgages
are being written to by the company to help them understand the benefits of making overpayments on homeowner loans
The lender wishes to encourage borrowers to take advantage of the 3.5 per cent drop in interest rates that has occurred since October.
It cited Council of Mortgage
Lenders figures that indicate a typical tracker mortgage
customer who took out a loan
during this period can now save £218.08 per month, compared to when the loan
was first taken out.
Commenting on borrowers of tracker mortgages
, HSBC's spokesperson Martin van der Heijden said: "It is absolutely in their favour to make real use of today's historically-low interest rates. Overpaying their mortgage
could reduce its term by years."
But homeowners must not become too reliant on the low rates as they must rise at some point, he warned.
Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester have reported that the amount of requests received to set up mortgage
overpayments has risen since November.