The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has revealed that the number of first time buyers in the UK has increased by 23% in January 2012, when compared to 2011.
The results of the CML Regulated Mortgage Survey indicated that the UK’s slow housing market may finally be showing signs of recovery.
Figures from British banks, building societies and other lenders that are part of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (and make up around 95% of all residential mortgage lending) showed that there are now up to 11.2 million mortgages in Britain. Loans covering those mortgages are worth over £1.2 trillion.
“The year-on-year rise in house purchase lending suggests that lending levels are generally rising although we expect the trajectory to be bumpy rather than smooth this year,” said Director General of the CML, Paul Smee.
Smee added that the average deposits for first time buyers have remained at around 20% for over a year. However, he stressed that: “that figure may start to drift down gently over the coming months especially as NewBuy has been launched for new homes.”
January 2012 figures
Further figures from the survey revealed that Brits’ took up to 35,600 loans (worth £5.3 billion) last January in order to buy their first home.
This figure represents an increase of 22% by volume and 23% by value; compared to the same period a year before. However, if compared to December 2011, the January 2012 figures represent a fall of 25% by volume and 24% by value.
Buyers trapped in first homes
Interestingly, further data, recently published by the annual Second Stepper report from the Bank of Scotland, found that the current crisis is making it extremely difficult for Brits to purchase their second home.
Specifically, 65% of those surveyed admitted that high deposit demands from lenders had deterred them from becoming second-time buyers. A further 27% of Scottish second steppers stated that “it is now harder to go up the ladder than get on it in the first place”.
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