The number of mortgages for home purchase, approved by main high street banks, during May 2019, was 9.1 per cent higher than in the same period last year, reaching its highest level since June 2016. This is according to recent data from UK Finance.

During the same period, remortgaging approvals fell by 3.7 per cent and approvals for other secured borrowing rose 5.9 per cent.

However, gross mortgage lending across the residential market dipped 0.4 per cent, falling to £21.9 billion when compared to figures from the previous report the month before.

Vincent Burch – MPU

High credit card spending

The £11.3 billion of UK credit card spending in May was 5.6 per cent higher than last year, while repayments remained in-line with spending on credit, the data from UK Finance showed.

It was also revealed that personal borrowing through loans was 9.3 per cent higher, with lending through overdrafts 3.2 per cent lower, compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, deposits held in instant-access accounts were 3 per cent higher than figures in May 2018.

Richard Pike, sales and marketing director for Phoebus Software, commented: “Looking at these latest figures from UK Finance and the upwards swing in the number of mortgage approvals for house purchase, it appears the market is moving again, despite the ongoing political turmoil in the UK.”

Mr Pike concluded: “The increase in credit card spending is something that we do need to be mindful of but currently we can also see that consumers are so far keeping up with repayments of their debt. One wonders whether credit cards are being used to keep up repayments on other areas as well. We must not only consider levels of debt but future affordability, if credit card spending keeps increasing.”

Promising future for the market

John Goodall, CEO of Landbay, commented: “It was another slow month for mortgage lending, with a potent cocktail of poor consumer confidence and subdued house prices. However, it’s heartening to see a rebound in the number of mortgage approvals – demand continues to shine through, even in challenging political and economic circumstances.”

Mr Goodall concluded that for borrowers, the current landscape of low interest rates, stable inflation and impressive wage growth should lend some breathing space to their budgets, meaning that things could be looking up for them, as they move into the second half of the year.

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Pia Subramaniam
Pia provides Property Notify readers with her insights into the UK property market, through her reporting on the social impact of various housing policies. She also specialises in covering the relationship between immigration and housing, as well as investigating loopholes in the market and concerns voiced by landlords and tenants.

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  1. So where are the properties coming from for home purchase up over 9%? well they are not building news places at that rate so it is a clear indication that landlords are selling up due to the unduly aggressive landlord bashing by the Conservative Government and the policies. This increase in supply for sale will cause a reduction in selling prices due to increased supply. I would guess the drivers for this would have been s24 with extra taxation on borrowing, higher levels of tax on residental property for CGT 8% higher than anything else. Ongoing and agrressive attack on landlords by Government. Now abolitions of the S21 creating indefinate tenancies will have an even greater impact and drive more landlords away once they understand what is happening to their investments. Good news for first time buyers – ie those with a decent income and able to get on the property purchase ladder; bad news for tenants at the bottom end of the market who cannot afford to buy; as supply of rental property drops (predominantly at the lower end of the market) rents will either increase or competition will sharpen so only the better and more reliable tenants will be able to access the market. The worst affected will be the poorest in society and those on who unfortuneatly rely on benefits like single mums and the disabled. It will result in more people on the streets, more soup kitchens and food banks.

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