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House purchase lending in the UK increased by 9% in July compared to the same time last year with the economic outlook allowing more people to enter the property market, according to the latest data. The figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that first time buyers saw a month on month increase by volume and by value in activity compared to June and a year on year rise compared to July 2014. Home mover lending saw larger monthly and annual increases than first time buyers by volume and by value but home owner remortgage activity saw a slight dip month on month but substantial increases when compared to the same month in 2014. Buy to let continues to grow year on year and month on month, mainly driven by buy to let remortgage activity, the CML data also shows. ‘The market has shown steady growth in house purchase and buy-to-let over the past few months with general improvements in economic factors across the UK allowing for more people to enter the property market,’ said Paul Smee, director general of the CML. ‘This positive direction of travel going into the autumn months reinforces our recent revised forecasts that lending levels should continue to grow gradually over the rest of the year after a subdued beginning of the year,’ he added. House purchase lending in the UK saw its third consecutive month on month growth by volume and by value in July. This was also the second month that volumes and values increased compared to the same month in 2014. As previously reported, UK gross lending in July totalled £21.7 billion, up 8% on June and 12% up on July last year. Overall in July, the value of home owner loans for house purchase accounted for 56% of gross lending, while remortgage activity accounted for 24%. The rise in the number of loans for house purchase in July was driven by both first time buyers and home movers. However, the increase in volume and value terms for home movers was much stronger than for first time buyers. This was the highest monthly lending level by volume since November 2007, and by value the highest monthly level since October 2007. Nevertheless, first time buyers took up 45% of total house purchase lending, which continues to make up a larger proportion of activity than pre-crisis levels when it made up as little as 30% of the number of loans for house purchases. Buy to let as a proportion of total lending was 18% in July. It was the highest monthly first time buyer lending level by volume and value since August 2007. The proportion of first time buyer gross household monthly income in July to service the capital and interest rate payments of their mortgage rose slightly from 18.3% in June to 18.5%. This is still lower than in July 2014 when it was 19.5%, and much lower than… Continue reading →
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