40% rise in 'mortgage prisoners'

AOL Money Staff
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The number of homeowners trapped on a standard variable rate (SVR) mortgage has rocketed by 40% since last year to reach more than 800,000, research has found.


There are around 839,000 of these borrowers, making up 7.4% of the total mortgage market, and they will be unable to switch to a better deal unless their finances improve or house prices rise, said HSBC.
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