Mortgage Advice Bureau comments on the Bank of England Money & Credit Report (April)

Brian Murphy, Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), comments on April’s Bank of England Money & Credit Report:

“One year after the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), today’s Bank of England’s data suggests there is much greater confidence in the mortgage market, with all types of mortgage approvals during April considerably above the average for the previous six months. Total approvals are also up 9% compared to last April, suggesting the market is adjusting back to normal now that the MMR has bedded in.”

“Remortgage approvals have risen at twice the rate of house purchase approvals over the past year, despite tougher affordability checks which some feared would imprison consumers in their existing deals. Falling mortgage rates have boosted demand in the remortgage sector, and there are significant savings to be had for borrowers moving away from their lender’s standard variable rate (SVR). ”

“With the election clearly having little impact on mortgage activity, the outlook for the rest of 2015 remains positive. Lenders have a healthy appetite for business, and affordability conditions are being helped by the low rate environment. However, today’s rock-bottom prices can’t last forever and it is likely we’ll see greater levels of mortgage activity as borrowers seek to lock into a preferable rate while they still can.”