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First-Time Buyer numbers for August reaches highest level in over a year according to UK Finance

UK Finance’s latest Mortgage Trends Update for August 2018 headlines ‘Number of First-Time Buyers Reaches its Highest Level since June 2017’.

The update reveals that there were 35,500 new first-time buyer mortgages and 38,000 new homemover mortgages completed in the month of August.

Commenting on the data, Jackie Bennett, Director of Mortgages at UK Finance, said:

“Overall house purchase completions remain stable, driven largely by the number of first-time buyers which reached its highest monthly level since June 2017.

“Buy to Let remortgaging saw relatively strong growth in August, due in part to the number of two year fixed deals coming to an end. This suggests that while new purchases in the buy-to-let market continue to be impacted by recent tax and regulatory changes, many existing landlords remain committed to the market.

“However, the homeowner remortgaging market has softened slightly, reflecting the many borrowers who had already locked into attractive deals in the months preceding the Bank of England’s base rate rise.”

Read the UK Finance Mortgage Trends Update – August 2018 in full click here.

Allen Walkey

Allen Walkey

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