Mortgage approvals increases in UK
The number of mortgages approved for buyers in the UK increased in May compared to the previous month but are still below the high level recorded in March due to stamp duty changes.
The data from the Bank of England’s Money and Credit Report shows that there were 70,553 approvals for house purchases in March, 66,205 in April and 67,042 in May. This compares to an average of 70,598 over the previous six months.
The data also shows that the number of approvals for remortgaging was 42,919, compared to the average of 41,019 over the previous six months.
According to Peter Williams, executive director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA), stamp duty changes for buy to let properties and second homes meant there was an air of inevitability about the April dip in mortgage approvals, which has now been followed up by a modest recovery in the lead-up to the UK’s referendum on its European Union membership.
‘House purchase activity hasn’t quite returned to the heightened levels of early 2016, but the homebuyer market has visibly strengthened over the last 18 months. The data also shows record remortgage activity with almost 43,000 approvals in May, the highest of the post-Mortgage Market Review (MMR) era,’ he said.