Remortgage lending down £462m

Sam Cordon

July 23, 2013

The figure is some 11.7% down on May’s £3.9bn reported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders last week.

The CML also reported that total gross mortgage lending rose 2.0% in June to £15.0bn, from £14.7bn in May. As a result remortgages now represent 23% of the market.

LMS estimates that the total number of remortgage loans in June decreased by 13.9% to 23,316 compared with 27,087 in May. This figure is also down 2.1% on this time last year.

The average remortgage loan amount has risen by 2.6% over the past month and now stands at £149,514. This is the highest figure LMS has on record.

Andy Knee, chief executive of LMS said: “Both the value of remortgage lending and the number of remortgagers fell for the first time since the beginning of the year in June.

“In contrast, gross mortgage lending continued to rise and, as a result, remortgaging accounted for under a quarter (23%) of all transactions.

“However remortgage customers were taking out a record amount of equity – the highest amount since January 2012.”

A fifth of those releasing equity (20%) said they did so to fund home improvements, whilst a further 9% used the additional funds to pay off debts.

Knee said: “With Mark Carney confirming that interest rates will not be rising for the time being, others who are considering remortgaging would do well to take advantage of the current deals, as there will be an avalanche of remortgage activity once interest rates do eventually increase.”

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