First time buyer mortgage market leads home lending data
Property Wire reports “Lending to first time buyers increased in February with official figures showing that completions increased year on year for a fifth month in a row. There were 24,880 new first-time buyer mortgages completed, up 4.1% compared to February 2018, according to the data from trade body UK Finance.
The data also shows that there were 23,660 home mover mortgages completed, up just 0.1% year on year and there were 18,200 new remortgages, a year on year rise of 10%. The average loan to value ratio in the remortgaging market was 57% while the average loan to income ratio was 2.74. This is considerably lower than mortgages for house purchases which showed an average loan to value ratio of 72% and a loan to income ratio of 3.37.” Read more