New data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders graphically illustrates the sharp decline in mortgage lending activity over the past year. There were 516,000 house purchase loans in 2008, a decline of 49% from 2007 and the lowest level of activity since 1974. There were 32,000 house purchase loans in December, a decline of 5% from November and the lowest level since monthly records began in 2002.

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Article by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Data partially sourced from the CML/BankSearch Regulated Mortgage Survey.