Hot on the heels of a warning from Barratt Developments and Redrow, that stability in the UK housing market were being undermined by banks' reluctance to provide mortgage finance to borrowers, comes a new product from Nationwide.
Nationwide are bringing back the 125% mortgage, for homeowners facing negative equity.
The product will only be available to existing customers wanting to move house, whose homes are now worth less than their mortgage.
Borrowers in negative equity can get a new mortgage worth 95% of the value of the new property. They have to fund the remaining 5% in the form of a deposit, but then they can also carry over negative equity in their original home. The negative equity carry over can be worth up to 25% of the total cost of the new property.
However, Nationwide caution:
"We're certainly not relaxing our lending criteria."
Others will now be forced to follow suit.