Following a dip in July and August, mortgage approvals bounced back in September. According to the Bank of England’s Money and Credit statistics, mortgage approvals totalled 118,470 in September with a value of £19.1bn, compared to 113,524 and £17.6bn in August.
The number of approvals for house purchase reached 62,932 with the value at £11.1bn, up from August, but still lower than the six month average of 64,481. Remortgage approvals totalled 42,440, also down on the six month average of 41,882 but also higher than August.
AToM saw a busy October and we don’t expect much to change with the run up to the end of 2016. And of course, with Help to Buy 2 finishing at the end of the year, we do expect to see a slight rush as people with small deposits seek to gain approval on the product before it’s withdrawal.
Nationwide has increased the maximum loan to value (LTV) for customers remortgaging from other lenders on a like for like basis from 85% LTV to 90% LTV. Rates for the two year remortgage product start from 2.39%. As always, terms apply….!
TSB has removed its mortgage application fee, which previously cost £265, from all of its residential and buy to let mortgages. Thislender has also launched new products including a three year fixed rate starting at 1.84% for a 60% LTV. They also have products right up to 95% LTV.
No doubt we’ll see similar from other lenders as they seek to increase volumes pre Christmas.
And finally….New figures from HMRC report that one in four properties bought in the
UKin the third quarter of 2016 was a buy to let or a second home. The introduction of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge in April has seen figures published for the first time indicating how many properties are bought to rent out. The data published by HMRC shows that it has collected some £670m in Stamp Duty since the additional 3% charge was introduced. With First Time Buyers still struggling to get on the ladder, I can’t see this changing anytime soon!