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Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said its base rate could be reduced again from its all-time low of 0.5%, prompting speculation that mortgage costs could fall further.
The speculation started after the BoE warned inflation is likely to fall below 0%. The Bank's latest inflation report reveals that falling energy and food costs will drive down the Consumer Price Index to below 0% in the spring. The most recent CPI measure was 0.5%.
Because the rate of inflation has fallen outside the target range of 1% to 3%, Carney has been forced to write a letter of explanation to Chancellor George Osborne. The BoE Governor says two-thirds of the discrepancy between the CPI rate of 0.5% and goal of 2% was down to one-off commodity price falls, particularly in energy and food costs.
While this could be good news for variable rate mortgage holders and household incomes generally, Carney has played down overall deflationary fears in the UK.
This is why now could be a great time to purchase a property. The combination of low mortgage rates and political uncertainty caused by the General Election in May mean many potential buyers are holding back from making a purchase decision.
This gives buyers in a position to make a move before voters go to the polls in May will have greater room for negotiation and less competition, particularly in areas of prime central London, where a large number of properties could fall under the mansion tax proposed by the Labour Party.
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