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Gross mortgage lending shows monthly and quarterly rise

Published: 22 October 2015

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £20 billion in September - 2% higher than August’s lending total of £19.7 billion. In addition to the month-on-month rise, lending rose 12% year-on-year, from £17.8 billion in September 2014. This is the fourth month in a row that there has been a sharp improvement in year-on-year lending.

Gross lending in the third quarter of 2015 was therefore an estimated £61.4 billion. This is 18% higher than the £52.2 billion advanced in the second quarter, and an increase of 12% on the third quarter in 2014, when lending totalled £55 billion.

CML economist Mohammad Jamei said:

Mortgage lending is currently enjoying its best spell since 2008. As we expected, the second half of 2015 has seen a pick up in activity in the housing market after a slow start to the year. Low inflation, strong wage growth, falling unemployment and competitive mortgage deals are all helping to support housing demand.

We expect to see further modest growth towards the end of the year, although affordability pressures are likely to limit gains for home movers and first-time buyers.

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 October gross mortgage lending estimate will be published on Thursday 19 November 2015.

4. October market commentary can be viewed on the CML website under the News & Views - Analysis section

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