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Lending for homes in Scotland fell in the final quarter of 2014 but there were more mortgages going to first time buyers compared to the same period the year before. The latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that overall lending was up 23% last year but mortgages fell at the end of the year. Scotland accounted for 6.6% of UK wide annual house purchase activity, down from 6.9% in 2013. Lenders advanced 27,700 loans to first time buyers in Scotland totaling £2.9 billion, 16% up in volume compared to 2013, and 23% up in value. A breakdown of the figures show that there were 7,000 first time buyer loans in Scotland, worth £750m. This was down compared to the third quarter 5% by value and 4% by volume. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, the number of loans increased by 3% and the amount borrowed by 9%. There were 8,000 loans to home movers, valued at, £1.2 billion, down 8% in volume and down 9% in value compared to the third quarter. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, there was a decrease of 8% in volume and a decrease of 5% in value. The total number of remortgage loans declined in the fourth quarter to 5,700 loans at £650 million, which was down 3% in volume but unchanged in value on the third quarter. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, activity was down 17% in volume and 13% in value. First time buyer affordability changed slightly in Scotland quarter on quarter with first time buyers typically borrowing 2.90 times their gross income, less than the 2.94 income multiple in the third quarter and less than the UK average of 3.38. The typical loan size for first time buyers was £97,200 in the fourth quarter, down from £98,600 in the previous quarter. The typical gross income of a first time buyer household was £33,965 compared to £33,520 in the third quarter. The relatively low level of interest rates saw first time buyers' payment burden remaining relatively low in the third quarter at 16.8% of gross income being spent to cover capital and interest payments, higher than the third quarter's 17.3%. Home mover affordability changed fractionally, with home movers typically borrowing 2.64 times their gross income compared 2.62 in the third quarter and to 3.03 for the UK overall. The typical loan size for home movers was £128,244 in fourth quarter, down from £130,000 in the previous quarter. The typical gross household income of a home mover was £50,773 in fourth quarter compared to £50,971 in the third quarter. Home movers' payment burden remained relatively low in Scotland at 16.5% of gross income being spent to cover monthly capital and interest payments, less than the 16.9% in the third quarter and considerably less than the 18.4% UK average. Overall for 2014, remortgage lending in Scotland was 23,400 loans reflecting a value of £2.6 billion. This was 14% down in volume compared to 2013,… Continue reading →
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