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Buy-to-let mortgage sales up 3% in June

By CreditMan Thursday, July 21, 2016

Equifax Touchstone analysis shows that June buy-to-let mortgage sales rose by 3.0% on May, totalling £2.7bn. Year-on-year however, sales were down 28.6% (-£1.1bn).

Residential mortgage sales hit another post-2008 high, growing by 2.6% on the previous month to £13.2bn. Year-on-year, residential sales were up 4.4% with a value increase of £560m. However, the rate of growth is slowing both in the short and long term; May’s growth rate was 1.5% lower than in June, while year-on-year growth was 16.5%, down 0.4% from the May year-on-year comparison.

For residential and buy-to-let mortgage sales combined, Northern Ireland was the strongest region for sales growth for the third month in a row, with sales up 11.3% on May. Meanwhile London saw the biggest decline in sales during the month, dropping 3.8% on the previous month.

The data from Equifax Touchstone, which covers 92% of the intermediated lending market, shows that the average value of a residential mortgage in June was £191,577 (2015: £185,553), and £161,102 for buy-to-let (2015: £156,584).

Iain Hill, Relationship Manager, at Equifax Touchstone, said: “June was another strong month for mortgage sales, despite an anticipated drop ahead of the EU referendum. Now an exit has become a reality, the really interesting stats to watch will be the July sales. There are a myriad of factors affecting house buying decisions and people will be weighing these up very carefully before deciding to take the plunge. The market is expecting sales to fall, but the extent of the impact is much harder to predict. We anticipate that lenders will react quickly and decisively to support sales, encouraging buyers with competitive new deals at lower rates.”