UK Mortgages Continue to Increase in June

The number of mortgages taken out to fund house purchases increased in June, according to figures from lenders which suggest that new rules on loans have not dampened the property market.

Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showed that 60,500 house purchase loans worth a total of £10bn were taken out during the month, a rise of 5% by number and 6% by value on May’s figures. Compared to June 2013, the figures were up by 15% and 23% respectively.

More than half of those loans were taken out by home movers, who accounted for 31,900 of the mortgages advanced, 4% up on May, however the number of first-time buyers showed a bigger month-on-month increase, rising by 7% to 28,600.

Despite the introduction of new affordability tests in April, which force lenders to check applicants’ outgoings as well as their income and to stress-test their borrowing to ensure they can still afford repayments if interest rates rise, the amounts borrowed by first-time buyers increased in June.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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