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CML: Gross mortgage lending stable in August

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending in August was £12.6 billion. This is marginally lower (1%) than July’s gross lending figure of £12.7 billion and a 4% fall from £13.1 billion in August 2011.

In today’s market commentary, CML chief economist Bob Pannell comments:

"House purchase activity continues to be a little above year-earlier levels, but the housing numbers are far from strong.

"We expect to see stronger take-up of NewBuy over the coming months, helped by a concerted marketing effort by builders and the recently launched Funding for Lending Scheme, which has prompted reductions in NewBuy mortgage rates. Both factors should stimulate buyer interest.

"The Funding for Lending Scheme is a bold move that has the potential to greatly influence the course of the housing market over the next year or so. While not a panacea for all housing market problems, the scheme does offer the potential to improve the lending environment. Unfortunately, it will be towards year-end before any initial assessment of its impact can be reached."

Gross mortgage lending table – August 2012


1. The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ members are banks, building societies and other lenders who together undertake around 95% of all
residential mortgage lending in the UK. There are 11.2 million mortgages in the UK, with loans worth over £1.2 trillion.

2. The Council of Mortgage Lenders does not publish statistics for mortgage approvals. The data in our monthly Regulated Mortgage Survey and gross lending press releases relate to mortgage advances only. A mortgage approval is the firm offer to a customer of a specific amount of credit secured against a particular property. A mortgage advance is the total amount of loan actually provided to the buyer, by the lender.

3. Next month’s gross lending press release and market commentary will be published on 18 October 2012.

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Sue Anderson – 010 7438 8924

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