We are working hard to maintain the best service we can for you. As you can imagine our telephone lines are exceptionally busy at the moment. So we are asking for your help too.
In the interests of the health of both our customers and our staff, please avoid visiting our branches unless necessary. Please telephone your local branch direct if you have any queries or to register to use our online services.
To reduce the risk to our branch staff and customers, from 1st June branch opening hours will temporarily be: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm (closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm) and closed on Saturdays.
We have also temporarily reduced our telephone opening hours at Principal Office to 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday and closed on Saturdays.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please beware of the following phishing email scam – National Trading Standards have passed on an alert about a phishing scam based on impersonating correspondence from the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.
An example message is provided below – the typos are the fraudsters’ own work:
“Dear customer, We wrote to you last week to help you prepare to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We are now writing to tell you how to access the Covid-19 relief. You will need to tell your us which UK bank account you want the grant to be paid into, in order to ensure funds are paid as quickly as possible to you.”
According to data from the Home Office and charities supporting victims, the pressures of living under COVID lock-down have caused a rapid increase in cases of domestic abuse. Abuse can take the form of coercive control, deliberate neglect and verbal or physical aggression. It often involves economic abuse (coercive control of the victim’s finances to steal their money and / or deny them the right to spend it). We’re supporting the Government’s campaign to raise awareness about help for victims of domestic abuse. You can find further guidance on how to get help here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help
Scammers are sending emails posing as the Zoom download manager asking the recipient to complete their download by clicking “next”, which releases malware when clicked. The only safe way to set up Zoom for personal use is to go on the Zoom official website and download it yourself.
Please beware of a new text scam purporting to be from the Government which informs the recipient via a text that they have been issued a £250 fine for leaving the house during the lock-down as the Government have been tracking their movements using their phone. The recipient is told that if they don’t pay immediately they will incur a heavier fine and encouraged to click on a link to make the payment which may deliver malware as well as taking the payment and their account details.
During the coronavirus outbreak, many companies and organisations have sent emails containing COVID19 updates to their customers to make them aware of their current response and status. As these types of emails have now become increasingly frequent, criminals have started to use this familiarity to their advantage. These fraudulent emails, framed as a corporate COVID-19 response, contain malicious attachments and are targeting individual consumers and companies alike…
Emails may also be disguised as coming from a hospital that inform the recipient they may have come in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The email instructs the recipient to download an attached Excel file, complete a form, and bring it to the nearest hospital. Once the attachment is downloaded, the malware has been activated and the attackers may be able to access your data.
Please keep in mind that typically, legitimate COVID-19 response emails have a message only in the body of the email and do not contain attachments.
There is some evidence that criminals are attempting to use the current COVID-19 situation as an exploitation opportunity, so please be extra vigilant before clicking on an email about the coronavirus outbreak. If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Criminals use exceptional circumstances like the current situation as a chance to pose as employees of a genuine organisation such as building society, bank or police and target you for fraud scams. They may claim they are dealing with coronavirus-related issues that require you to respond by paying money or providing personal information that will allow them to access your account. They often use pressure tactics to stop you thinking about want they want you do for them.
To help you stay protected, here are some things that we will never do:
Please remain vigilant.
Stop – Take a moment to think.
Challenge – Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to say “No” and end the conversation.
Protect – Contact the building society or the bank from which you have made a payment immediately if you think that you have been the victim of fraud.
We understand that some customers may be worried about the effect that contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on their finances, for example due to a drop in income as a result of contracting the virus or because of the measures imposed to stop it spreading. If you have any concerns about how this could affect you and your mortgage, please click here to read the leaflet produced by the Building Societies Association and National Debtline or please get in touch on 01664 414141.
Please click here to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions for our members.
The Melton Building Society
Did you know you only need a 5% deposit for some of our first time buyer mortgages?
This tends to be one of the first questions we’re asked! While we’ll help you work out what you can afford, it’s important to remember that there are other costs involved with buying your first home. Things like solicitors’ fees, stamp duty and maintaining your home. It all starts with getting the right first time buyer mortgage and this is where getting advice is so valuable.
If you’ve never owned a property before, you should be able to apply for a first time buyer mortgage. A few rules apply.
There is no one size fits all answer; it all depends on your financial situation. The good news is that you will have some options, including variable and fixed rate mortgages, shared ownership and low deposit.
With self-build increasing in popularity, we’ve developed a Family Assist Self-Build mortgage where parents provide the deposit and have it returned as a final stage payment on completion of the build. We will lend to purchase the land as well as the build costs.
At the Melton, we look at each case on an individual basis and don’t use credit scoring.
You’ll find our current first time buyer mortgages below:
|Mortgage Product||Maximum Loan to Value||Initial Rate||Followed by our Standard Variable Rate||The overall cost for comparison||Product Fees||Deposit amount|
|2.75% Fixed Rate to 31 May 2023||80%||2.75%||4.99%||4.7% APRC|
Based on a £131,092 mortgage, secured by first charge on your main residential property, repaid on a repayment basis over a 30 year term: 27 monthly payments at a fixed rate of 2.75%, (£588.59) £15,891.93. 285 monthly payments at standard variable rate (currently 4.99%), (£737.94) £210,312.90. Valuation fee on property of £167,200, payable when you apply £240 (scale applies). Telegraphic Transfer fee payable when you apply £25. Solicitors fees payable to your conveyancer (estimated) £360. Mortgage Discharge Fee payable at the end of your mortgage £150. Total Amount Payable £226,979.83.
|2.89% Fixed Rate to 31 December 2024||80%||2.89%||4.99%||4.3% APRC|
|3.05% Fixed Rate to 31 May 2023||90%||3.05%||4.99%||4.8% APRC|
|3.19% Fixed Rate to 31 December 2024||90%||3.19%||4.99%||4.5% APRC|
|Shared Ownership – 3.69% Fixed Rate to 31 December 2024||95%||3.69%||4.99%||4.7% APRC|
|Shared Ownership – 3.59% Fixed Rate to 28 February 2023||95%||3.59%||4.99%||4.8% APRC|
|Shared Ownership – 3.19% Fixed Rate to 28 February 2022||95%||3.19%||4.99%||4.8% APRC|
|Shared Ownership – 2.79% Discounted Rate for Term||95%||2.79%||n/a||2.9% APRC|