Drop in loans to home buyers in October

Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) press release published yesterday 14th December headlined ‘8% fall in loans to home-buyers in October’

The news release leads: Home-owners borrowed £10.5bn for house purchase, down 8% month-on-month and 11% year-on-year. They took out 57,800 loans, down 8% on September and 13% on October 2015. more…

Paul Smee, director general of the CML, commented: “Buy-to-let house purchase lending remains weak following the change to stamp duty on second properties in April. With lenders now tightening affordability criteria ahead of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s stress tests and the forthcoming tax relief changes next year, these lower volumes are likely to be the ‘new normal’.

“Home-owner and buy-to-let remortgage lending, however, has recovered and is running at its strongest levels since 2009. This appears to be linked to borrowers taking advantage of the re-pricing of mortgages following the base rate cut”.

Read the CML news release in full click here

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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