New CML data shows that lending is down slightly compared to July. The first month-on-month drop in house purchase lending volume since February this year.
- First-time buyer lending declined in August compared to July, with 28,900 first-time buyer loans – 4% fewer than in July but 9% up on August 2013. By value, there was £4.4 billion of lending to first-time buyers – 4% down on July but 22% higher than August last year.
- Lending to home movers also declined, with the number of loans advanced to movers totalling 36,500, a 3% fall on the previous month but up 7% on August last year. By value, lending to movers totalled £7 billion, 3% down on July but up 17% on August last year.
- Remortgage lending activity saw a decrease month-on-month and also year-on-year in August. The number of remortgages in August was 4% down on July and 11% down on the same month last year. The value of these loans (£3.7 billion) was down 5% on the previous month and down 3% year-on-year.
- Buy-to-let lending fell 13% over the month to £2.1 billion in August, but increased 11% compared to August last year.
Total gross lending in August was £18.1 billion. This was 8% lower than July (£19.7 billion) but 10% higher than August last year (£16.4 billion), according to the Bank of England.
There were 15,300 buy-to-let loans in August, representing lending of £2.1bn. The number of loans and the value of these loans was down 13% compared to July. Compared to August 2013, this was a 6% increase by volume and 11% by value.
Within the overall total of buy-to-let loans, 8,400 were advanced in August for house purchase and 6,700 for remortgage. The number of buy-to-let house purchase loans was down by 13% compared to July but up 9% compared to August last year. This totalled £1bn in value, down 17% on July but up 16% on August last year.
The number of remortgage loans decreased compared to July, down 14% and down slightly by 1% compared to August last year. These loans had a total value of £1bn, down 17% on July but up 4% on August last year.
Paul Smee, director general of the CML, commented:
“The lending climate had a glass half full, glass half empty feel about it in August. On the one hand it saw a decline in all lending types month-on-month, which would suggest a levelling off of the market, with remortgaging remaining flat. Yet, on the other hand, we saw the highest August house purchase lending levels since 2007, and the recent Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey expects an upward trend in remortgaging in the final months of the year. Overall, these figures give no support to any fears of a developing bubble in housing.
“This has been a year of major change, and the market has shown significant resilience and responsiveness to the changing environment, improving the availability of lending without compromising financial stability, as the Bank of Englands assessment last week highlighted.”