Mortgage and buy-to-let sales up

Michael Lloyd

December 20, 2017

Mortgage sales in the UK rose by 4.1% or £637.4m in November and year-on-year sales were up 3.0% (£470.1m).

The Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace also showed buy-to-let sales for the month jumped 10.8% (£334.1m) on October and residential figures were also up, increasing by 2.5% (£303.3 million) on the previous month.

John Driscoll, director at Equifax Touchstone, said: “Mortgage sales in the UK have once again remained strong.

“Buy-to-let figures in particular have continued to gain momentum, enjoying positive growth for a fourth consecutive month, a trend we expect will continue given increasing difficulty in getting on the housing ladder and the subsequent increase in demand for rental properties.

“As we approach the end of the year, the outlook for the market remains unclear.

“The full impact of the recent rate hike on sales is yet to be fully felt and even the abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers announced in November’s budget was not received as wholly positive; some within the industry believe house prices may actually rise as a result, which could negatively affect mortgage sales.”

Most regions across the UK saw positive sales growth in November.

Wales led the way with a rise of 9.9%, followed by the South East (8.0%) and the Midlands (7.5%).

The North West and London were the only regions to see a drop in sales, falling by 2.3% and 2.6% respectively.

The average value of a residential mortgage in November was £191,425, 798 more than that last year, which was £190,627.

Buy-to-let dropped by 11.4% with the average value of a residential mortgage in November was being £144,537.

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