Gross mortgage lending increases by 12% in 2016
Published: 26 January 2017
The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £20.4 billion in December. This is 4% lower than November (£21.2 billion), and 4% higher than December 2015 (£19.7 billion). This brings the estimated total for the year to £246 billion, a 12% increase on 2015’s £220 billion and the highest annual gross lending figure since 2008.
Gross mortgage lending for the fourth quarter of 2016 was therefore an estimated £62 billion. This is a 3% decrease on the third quarter and closely matches the 61.8 billion lent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Commenting on market conditions in this month's market commentary, CML senior economist Mohammad Jamei said:
The UK housing market, much like the wider UK economy, ended 2016 on a generally positive note.
Approvals for house purchase have recovered strongly of late, and this should feed through to lending figures in the early months of 2017. The current availability of mortgage credit is benign, and the real issue continues to be a dearth of properties on the market, which adds to the challenges facing would-be buyers.
Uncertainty associated with political factors and prospective changes to the tax treatment of landlords will weigh on prospects for the year ahead.
Notes to editors
1. The Council of Mortgage Lenders' members are banks, building societies and other lenders who together undertake around 97% 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 gross mortgage lending estimate for January and market commentary will be published on Thursday 23 February 2017.
4. This month's full market commentary can be viewed on the CML website.