Gross mortgage lending in February decrease in UK
According to The Council of Mortgage Lenders, gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion in February.Gross mortgage lending decreased by 5 percent in February compared to Janaury from £18.5 billion but 30% higher than February last year (£13.6 billion).
“Lending continues the year on a positive note, with our monthly estimate showing an increase of 30% in February compared to a year ago. This growth rate is in line with what we saw in the closing months of 2015. The recovery is being underpinned by market fundamentals in the UK, as wages grow and unemployment falls, helped by government schemes and competitive mortgage deals.” said CML economist Mohammad Jamei.
“But we think it unlikely that there will be any significant acceleration in lending. While there may be a slight current boost to lending as some transactions seek to complete before the 1 April tax changes in the buy-to-let-sector, this is likely to be followed by a slight fall in activity. Affordability pressures continue to weigh on activity, as does the low number of properties coming on the market, though this has been improving very recently” he added.