From 1st July the Council of Mortgage Lenders is integrated into a new trade association, UK Finance. For the time being, all UKF mortgage information will continue to be published on this website, and UKF member-only mortgage information will only be available here.

UK Finance represents around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation takes on most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association. Please go to for wider content and updates from UK Finance.

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First-time buyers continue to make up majority of housing market in Northern Ireland

24 August 2012

First-time buyers in Northern Ireland accounted for 58% of all purchase loans in the second quarter of 2012, remaining well above the UK average, according to new figures released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Northern Ireland.

First-time buyers seize largest share of market in Northern Ireland since 2001

25 May 2012

60% of the house purchase loans taken out in Northern Ireland in the first quarter of 2012 were to first-time buyers, according to new data released today from the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Northern Ireland.

Increase in house purchase loans for only Northern Ireland at end of 2011

27 February 2012

Northern Ireland was the only area of the UK to experience an increase in house purchase loans in the final quarter of 2011.

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