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No January blues for mortgage sales

By CreditMan Monday, February 22, 2016

Mortgage sales have bounced back from their end of 2015 slump, according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. January residential and buy-to-let sales combined stood at £12.25bn, an increase of 15.6% on December (+£1.65bn).

Compared with the same period last year, total sales were up 32.4% (+£3.00bn). The year-on-year increase for buy-to-let sales is 36.2%, while residential sales are up by 31.2%.

The Midlands and Wales soared ahead as the best performing regions in January, with impressive growth of 23.3% and 22.5% respectively compared to December 2015. London’s increase of 9.9% was the second lowest, just ahead of Scotland at 9.6%.

The data from Equifax Touchstone, which covers 92% of the intermediated lending market, shows that the average value of a residential mortgage in January was £187,538 (2014: £175,002) and £156,001 for buy-to-let (2014: £150,210).

Iain Hill, Relationship Manager, Equifax Touchstone, says: “It’s promising to see such a strong start to 2016, with positive growth across the UK. The deadline for the increase in stamp duty tax on buy-to-let properties is fast approaching, and it will be interesting to see how resilient buy-to-let growth will prove. We do however remain optimistic about the prospects for mortgage sales in the year ahead.”

Equifax Touchstone utilises intermediary and customer profiling tools to provide financial services providers with a detailed understanding of their marketplace and client base.