Published: 16 July 2015
Gross mortgage lending in June (not seasonally adjusted) showed a significant rise compared to the previous month, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. It rose by 29% compared to May to an estimated £20.5 billion. In addition to the month-on-month rise, there was also a year-on-year increase of 15% on the £17.8 billion of lending undertaken in June 2014.
Gross lending in the second quarter of 2015 came to £52.2 billion which was up 17% from the previous quarter's £44.5 billion, and was a modest increase of 1% on the second quarter in 2014 when it totalled £51.7 billion.
Forward indicators of lending suggest an upturn will be felt in coming months, as CML's revised forecasts suggest.
CML economist Mohammad Jamei said:
Activity is picking up after a slow start to the year. Our lending figure for June may be flattered by the end of political uncertainties related to May’s general election, and the underlying picture is likely to be one of only modest recovery. This should be supported by favourable conditions in the economy, though it will be limited by rising house prices and affordability pressures.
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 11.1 million mortgages in the UK, with loans worth over £1.3 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. The CML's July gross mortgage lending estimate will be published on Thursday 20 August 2015.
4. June market commentary can be viewed on the CML website.