CML predicts “slow but steady” growth

Ryan Bembridge

January 14, 2016

Paul Smee Conveyancing Association

Council of Mortgage Lenders director general Paul Smee has forecast “slow but steady upward trajectory over the next two years” after the trade body released its lending data for November.

By value house purchase and first-time buyer lending fell by 9% from October, homemover lending fell by 10%, remortgage lending fell by 14% and gross buy-to-let fell by 8%.

Year-on-year performance was still strong however, as homeowner lending was up 18%, first-time buyer lending up 14%, homemover lending up 20% and finally remortgage lending was up by a significant 36%.

Paul Smee, director general of the CML, said: “As expected, mortgage lending activity eased back as the normal dip in the winter months began.

“There was still growth across all lending types in November compared to the year earlier suggesting continued improvement.

“Our forecasts anticipate that gross lending will continue a slow but steady upward trajectory over the next two years.”

CML chart

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