48% of new borrowers took out a fixed rate mortgage in June, the highest proportion so far in 2010, according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Fixed rates had proved unpopular this year compared to the last several years due to an historic low bank rate with little prospect of the rate rising. But with fixed rate prices falling they are starting to find favour again.
House purchase lending increased significantly in June. There were 52,000 loans advanced (worth £7.6 billion), up 19% in volume (23% in value) from May 2010 and up 14% in volume (27% in value) from June 2009. This is now the twelfth consecutive month in which lending has been higher than its year-earlier levels.
Lending for remortgage also increased, though only modestly, in June. There were 27,000 loans for remortgage, worth £3.4 billion, up from 26,000 (worth £3.2 billion) in May 2010 but down from 34,000 (worth £4.2 billion) in June 2009.
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Article by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Data sourced from the CML/BankSearch Regulated Mortgage Survey