FTB borrowing at highest levels since records began

FTB borrowing at highest levels since records began
2016 could have been a potentially destabilising year of regulatory and political change, but the mortgage market has been resilient and adaptable

The latest report from The Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that first-time buyers borrowed more during 2016 than any other year since 1974.

According to the report, first-time buyers borrowed £53.2bn for home-owner house purchase in 2016, up 13% on 2015.

On a monthly basis, first-time buyers borrowed £5.1bn for home-owner house purchase in December, up 9% on November and 13% on December 2015.

Remortgage activity was also strong in 2016 - up 14% by volume and 20% by value compared to 2015 to hit its highest level since 2009. On a monthly basis, remortgage activity was down 21% by volume and by value compared to November.

Gross buy-to-let lending also saw month-on-month decreases, down 15% by volume and 7% by value.

Of the three quarters after the stamp duty changes in April, gross quarterly lending was its highest by volume and by value in the final quarter of 2016. Nearly two thirds of buy-to-let loans were remortgages rather than house purchase.   

Paul Smee, director general of the CML, commented: "2016 could have been a potentially destabilising year of regulatory and political change, but the mortgage market has been resilient and adaptable. Home-owner house purchase lending increased, though the buy-to-let sector's positive lending performance has been driven primarily by remortgaging. We do not expect the market volumes to show a year-on-year increase in 2017, instead it will remain similar to that achieved in 2016."

John Phillips, SpicerHaart and Just Mortgages group operations director, had this to say: “Whilst first-time-buyers and remortgage activity kept the market afloat last year, the number of people moving house was consistently down. This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future as certain barriers, especially towards lending in to retirement, have the effect of holding up the market.
 
Of course we have the age old problem of supply.  Until housing supply is sorted out we will continue to see more families living in property that is unsuitable for their needs.”


Jonathan Sealey, CEO at Hope Capital, commented: “Despite everything the housing market last year defied expectations. Although we are still below pre-crisis levels, to show any kind of increase in a such an unpredictable year gives hope for 2017.  
 
For the time being interest rates look set to remain low and there are plenty of great deals to entice borrowers.  Supply is the constant problem, and we will have to wait and see how the government’s plans to ‘fix the housing market’ are actually implemented.”
 
Jeremy Leaf, former RICS residential chairman, added: "These figures are particularly interesting on two counts and not least because they bear out with what we have been seeing on the high street. In other words, the housing market demonstrated a fair degree of resilience in the period leading up to the end of 2016 and more significantly perhaps first-time buyers seem to have taken the place of buy-to-let investors in some places, as the latter suffer from more taxes and regulation.

These results represent good news for the government whose medicine may finally be working in their attempts to level the playing field between those trying to get onto the ladder and those very much on it."

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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sean benton
sean benton 01 Sep 2017

Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

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Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

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Chris
Chris 30 Aug 2017

Unfortunately, all the legislation bears its force on Landlords and ignores, naively, the effect of Rogue Tenants on the ability of landlords to keep houses in repair and offer properties for rent at reasonable...

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Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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