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Mortgage Lending up 14% in October

Nov 24, 2017


Latest figures from UK Finance show remortgage levels alongside strong first-time buyer numbers are likely to have contributed to an increase of 14% in mortgage borrowing in October, compared to the same month last year.

Gross mortgage lending totalled £23.1bn in October, according to UK Finance but the total amount of credit outstanding grew at a slower pace in October compared to the previous month, at 7.1%.

UK Finance senior economist Mohammad Jamei says: “The anticipated bank rate rise saw a flurry of remortgage activity as many homeowners took advantage of the competitive rates on offer. Borrowing was also boosted by stronger first-time buyer activity as this segment benefitted from good credit availability, lower rates and government housing schemes.”

“In terms of saving, consumer deposits grew at a slower rate in October, while businesses have continued the trend of bolstering their cash reserves amidst a cautious business landscape due to Brexit uncertainties.”


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