Gross mortgage lending declines in January 2013
Published: 20 February 2013
The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending declined to £10.4 billion in January. This is 9% lower than December’s gross lending figure of £11.4 billion and a 3% fall from £10.7 billion in January 2012.
Commenting on market conditions in this month's market commentary, CML market and data analyst Caroline Purdey observes:
"Housing sentiment remains positive, despite ongoing economic pressures. A worsening in the outlook for inflation presents a greater headwind, but we still expect the funding for lending scheme to lift activity over coming months.
"House purchase activity was robust into the start of 2013, on the back of better mortgage availability and pricing, and we share the Bank of England’s confidence that this will continue over the coming months."
Notes to editors
1. The Council of Mortgage Lenders' members are banks, building societies and other lenders who together undertake around 95% of all residential mortgage lending in the UK. There are 11.3 million mortgages in the UK, with loans worth over £1.2 trillion.
2. The Council of Mortgage Lenders does not publish statistics for mortgage approvals. The data in our monthly Regulated Mortgage Survey and gross lending press releases relate to mortgage advances only. A mortgage approval is the firm offer to a customer of a specific amount of credit secured against a particular property. A mortgage advance is the total amount of loan actually provided to the buyer, by the lender.
3. Next month’s gross lending press release and market commentary will be published on 20 March 2013.