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First time buyer monthly lending figures at 12 year high

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2019

Updated on Saturday, November 2, 2019

Figures released by UK Finance have revealed that first-time-buyers were out in force during the summer, with just over 35'000 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in August - the highest monthly total seen since August 2007.

According to the data, the number of first-time buyer completions is 0.7% higher than in August 2018 to reaching a 12-year high.

However, looking at the rest of the market it was a different story as home-mover mortgage completions saw an annual fall of 5.5%, new buy-to-let purchase lending fell 3.3% and buy-to-let re-mortgaging dipped 0.7% over the past twelve months.

UK Finance also revealed that there were 18,640 new re-mortgages with additional borrowing in August, 2.9% fewer than in the same month in 2018. For these re-mortgages, the average additional amount borrowed in August was £55,000. There were 18,100 new pound-for-pound re-mortgages (with no additional borrowing) in August 2019, 2.3% fewer than in the same month a year earlier.