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First-time buyer activity strong across UK but London market cools

Your Money

24 May 2017

First time buyer activity increased year-on-year in every UK country except Engla

is actually up by 10.8% year-on-year. Paul Smee, director general of the CML, said: “Home...

UK house prices: Number of home buyers in London drops 19 per cent in the first quarter due to persisting supply and affordability issues

City A.M.

24 May 2017

The numb

quarter-on-quarter and 19 per cent compared to a year ago. Paul Smee, CML director general, said: "Home buyer activity in London has fallen

Buy-to-let lending for house purchase drops by almost 80%

MSN Money - MSN UK

18 May 2017

Buy-to-let lending for house purchase plunged by nearly 80% year-on-year in March, fig

stamp duty increase for this sector on April 1 2016. Paul Smee, director general of the...

Buy-to-let slump after stamp duty change

BBC News - England

17 May 2017

Mortgage activity in the UK buy-to-let sector has halved since the introduction of a stamp duty surc

light of the very attractive deals currently available," said...

Home-buyer mortgage lending leaps 27% in March

FTAdviser

17 May 2017

Lending to home buyers jumped by 27 per cent in March as first-time buyer and remortgage activity

27.90% -77.70% 23.70% -23.60% Paul Smee, director general of the CML, said: “Comparing...

Paul Smee to depart after UK Finance merger takes place

Mortgage Introducer

17 May 2017

Tweet WhatsApp Email CML director general Paul Smee has confirmed he will d

Tweet WhatsApp Email CML director general Paul Smee has confirmed he will depart...

CML: There will be a strong mortgage voice in UK Finance

Mortgage Introducer

17 May 2017

Tweet WhatsApp Email CML director general Paul Smee has received assurance

Tweet WhatsApp Email CML director general Paul Smee has received assurances there will be a...

Mortgages will have ‘strong voice’ in new trade body: CML

Mortgage Strategy

17 May 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is reassuring its members that their needs wil

and the UK Cards Association. Speaking in Cardiff at a CML lunch today,...

Buy-to-let breaks down: Lending plummets 80% as stamp duty hike and tax penalties scare off landlords

Mail On Sunday

17 May 2017

Interest in buy-to-let has been decimated over

. This trend is expected to continue well into the summer. Paul Smee, director general of the CML, said:...

Stamp duty surcharge leads to slowdown in buy-to-let activity

Your Money

17 May 2017

The value of buy-to-let lending has dropped by 60% since the Stamp Duty surcharge was introduc

lending was up 22% by value and 24% by volume. Paul Smee, director...