Mortgage Approvals Up In December
By |Published On: 1st February 2016|

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Mortgage Approvals Up In December

By |Published On: 1st February 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The latest Bank of England Money and Credit report has indicated that mortgage approvals were up in December.

Mortgage approvals totalled 70,837 during the month, slightly higher than the 70,410 recorded during November. In addition, this figure was higher than the average of 69,462 over the last six months.


Further data from the investigation indicates that net mortgage lending fell from £3.9bn in November to £3.2bn during December.

The total number of approvals for remortgaging also went up from 39,161 to 41,708 in the last month of 2015. This was higher than the average of 39,540 recorded over the latter half of 2015.

Total lending to individuals went up by £4.4bn in December, in comparison to £5.3bn in November and £4.6bn over the six month period.

‘Mortgage lending in December reflected some of the rejuvenated confidence radiating from buyers,’ noted Peter Rollings. ‘After the Autumn Statement extensions to Help to Buy and the rock-bottom base rate lasting out the year, first-time buyers were feeling decisive and this was mirrored by a clear upswing in house purchase approvals from November to December. This energy has definitely been carried over into 2016 and January has already seen an impressive influx of motivated buyers, eager to progress up the property ladder.’[1]

Mortgage Approvals Up In December

Mortgage Approvals Up In December


Mr Rollings feels that, ‘2015 was also the year of remortgaging for many existing homeowners-and his momentum is showing no signs of dissipating while cheaper fixed-rate mortgages remain available.’ He notes that, ‘in coming months, we can expect strong buy-to-let lending, as the April introduction of higher stamp duty for second homes gives a new sense of urgency for those looking to invest in property or expand their existing portfolio.’[1]

Brian Murphy, Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau also said, ‘mortgage approvals reached a near two-year high in December, rounding off a successful year for borrowers. Existing homeowners were the frontrunners in this growth, with the number of remortgage approvals rising by more than a quarter since December 2014.’[1]

Murphy also noted that, ‘borrowers benefited from rock-bottom mortgage rates throughout 2015 and our data shows that rates continued to fall across all fixed-rate products in December. Growing numbers of homeowners are wising up to the fact that it pays to remortgage, particularly if moving from a poor value standard of variable rate. Borrowers who are comfortable with a long-term commitment can take advantage of today’s rates by locking into a fixed product, avoiding higher mortgage bills when an interest rate rise eventually kicks in.’[1]


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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