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Date:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014
News:  Number of mortgage products soars to five-year high

Competition between mortgage lenders saw the number of products available on the market leap by 9% to reach record levels in August, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau.

A total of 12,265 products were available in August: the largest number in over five years since the Index began tracking this data in April 2009, surpassing the previous record of 12,106 in December 2013.

The mortgage product range grew by 964 between July and August alone the biggest monthly increase in over three years, since April 2011. New intermediary products outnumbered new direct-only products by almost 5:1, with 798 extra products available via brokers in August than in July, compared with just 166 more being offered direct from lenders. Intermediary product numbers rose at twice the rate of direct products (10% vs. 5%).

The 8,576 broker products available in August was the largest total for 2014 to date and more than twice the number available direct from lenders (3,689). Having dipped in June, intermediary product numbers have now grown by 1,278 in the last two months while the direct product range has fallen by 104. Brokers had access to 70% of products in August, up from 69% in July and 66% in June.

Despite the summer slowdown, mortgage application volumes were significantly up year-on-year with total applications 14% higher than in August 2014. Data from over 600 brokers and 900 estate agents shows the remortgage market has seen the greatest annual increase in activity, with applications in August 2014 up 19% year-on-year while purchase applications were up 12%.

Remortgaging during August was driven by customers with more valuable homes (+3%) and greater sums of equity to put forward (+7%) than in July. Recovering house prices meant that the typical value of a home being remortgaged in August was up 24% year-on-year (to 319,320 from 257,342), allowing applicants to put up 43% more equity (151,489, up from 105,845).

In contrast, purchase activity was fuelled by customers buying cheaper homes (-2%) and seeking less mortgage finance (-2%) than in July, although both figures were up year-on-year (by 6% and 7% compared with August 2013).


Date:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014
News:  Housing market activity appears to be moderating, according to the latest figures from the BBA.

Year-on-year, new mortgage lending is 15% higher and approvals for house purchase have risen by 5%, but annual comparisons have been slowing in recent months and re-mortgaging and equity release are below last year.

Gross mortgage borrowing of 11.1 billion was 15% higher than in August last year. The overall mortgage stock continues to rise in response to stronger demand and is1.4% higher than a year earlier.