24 Jan 2018
There was a surge in the number of fresh mortgages for first time buyers and new home movers in the UK in November.
However, a fall in buy-to-let lending is said to reflect the changing regulatory and fiscal environment for landlord businesses.
New mortgage trend figures from trade association UK Finance show there were 34,800 new first-time buyer mortgages in November 2017, 15.2% more than November 2016. The £5.6billion of fresh lending in the month was also 16.7% more year-on-year.
The number of new home mover mortgages in November 2017 was 36,200 - 16.8% more than November 2016. The £7.5billion of new lending in the month was 19% more year-on-year. The typical home mover is 39 and has an income of £54,000.
There were 38,400 new homeowner remortgages in the month - 8.5% more than November 2016. The £6.5billion of remortgaging in the month was 10.2% more year-on-year.
UK Finance says there were 6,600 new buy-to-let (BTL) house purchase mortgages in November 2017 - 1.5% fewer than in the same month a year earlier. By value this was £0.9billion of lending in the month, the same year-on-year.
There were 13,500 new BTL remortgages in November 2017 - 3.6% fewer than the same month a year previously. By value this was £2.1billion of lending in the month, 4.5% down year-on-year.
Paul Smee, head of mortgages at UK Finance, said: "The data shows housing market activity remains buoyant, despite November’s rise in the base rate. Steady increases in lending for house purchases together with increases in homeowner remortgages reflect a keenness among consumers to benefit from still historically low interest rates, and a highly competitive marketplace.
In contrast, declines in buy-to-let lending reflect the changing regulatory and fiscal environment for landlord businesses, where some landlords might be inclined to reappraise the viability of their portfolios."
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