Borrowers moving home in May saw their mortgage interest payments accounting for the lowest proportion of their income in 35 years, according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. And house purchase lending rose from a year ago for the 11th consecutive month. But with the challenging economic backdrop, government spending cuts and forthcoming tax increases the positive trend is likely to tail off in the second half of this year. Monthly comparisons with a year earlier will probably be near zero or modestly negative over the coming months. This is because we had an improving market in the second half of 2009 as the stamp duty holiday came to an end.

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