Remortgage loans account for 27% of lending

Posted on Friday, July 26 by Joy Tibbs

Lending to remortgage customers, first-time buyers and home movers all increased in May, according to the latest Regulated Mortgage Survey published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

The £8.4 billion of lending for house purchase accounted for 57% of all mortgage lending in May (by value), while remortgaging at £4 billion accounted for 27%, and other lending (including lifetime, buy-to-let and further advances) at £2.3 billion accounted for 16%.

Paul Smee, director general of the CML, commented: “Although monthly lending is still running at far less than half its typical monthly level during the peak, there is no doubt that the mortgage market is firmly open for business. Both the borrowing appetite of first-time buyers, and the availability of attractive mortgages for them, have improved markedly since a year ago.

“What is interesting is that, in contrast to some recent assertions, this is happening in parallel with the strengthening buy-to-let market. It is perfectly possible for both the buy-to-let market and the first-time buyer market to improve at the same time, as the evidence clearly demonstrates.

“It is important that the supply of housing steps up, as increased housing supply is a crucial factor in ensuring that housing is affordable over the long term.”

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