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Gross mortgage lending up 43% on last year

Published: 20 March 2014

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending was £15.2 billion in February. This is 6% lower than January’s figure of £16.1 billion, but 43% higher than the £10.6 billion lent in February last year and the highest total for a February since 2008.

Commenting on market conditions in this month's Market Commentary, CML chief economist Bob Pannell observes:

"Housing market indicators have continued to be strong over recent months, once seasonal factors have been taken into account.

“First-time buyers have benefitted most from the government’s Help to Buy initiatives, with the more recent mortgage guarantee scheme now starting to push typical loan-to-value levels higher.

“The housing market got a further boost from this week’s Budget. This, together with benign developments in the economy more widely, should bolster short-term sentiment and activity."


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 11.2 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 mortgage lending press release 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 mortgage lending press release and market commentary will be published on Thursday 17 April 2014.


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