“Lower for longer” fuels rise in mortgage lending
- 20th September 2019
- Buying Property News
First-time buyers make up 21% of lending to owner occupiers
New data from the Bank of England reveals the value of all residential mortgage loans reached £1,461 billion in Q2 2019, up from £1,417 in Q2 2018, an increase of 3.1%.
The rise can be in part attributed to the continued price war between UK banks as they continue to compete fiercely for new business. Buyers are benefiting from that through lower rates and an edging up of LTVs.
Banks and purchasers are also a lot more confident that interest rates are going to stay lower for longer. With Brexit approaching, interest rates will have to remain low in order to help the economy. Interest rates are predicted to remain at 0.75% until the end of 2020. Interest rates in the US have also just come down giving a healthy backdrop for low rates in the UK.
The research also reveals that lending to first-time buyers in Q2 this year was 21% of the total advances for house purchases by owner occupiers. This highlights the sustained activity from first-time buyers who are taking advantage of the current market conditions and accelerating their property purchasing plans.
In addition, a good proportion of landlords are continuing to build up their property portfolio as 13.1% of the total mortgage advances that were paid, were for buy-to-let purposes this year.
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Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson, says: “A significant number of home buyers are taking advantage of the existing low interest rates and are taking steps to get on the property ladder.”
“First-time buyers in particular remain active. With interest rates expected to stay low, now is a goodtime to go forward with your property purchasing plans.”
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"A significant number of home buyers are taking advantage of the existing low interest rates and are taking steps to get on the property ladder.”
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