LMS: August remortgage lending up year-on-year

Customers released £27.1m more cash from remortgaging than in August 2012

  • August remortgage lending fell to £3.2bn, down 14.8% on July’s £3.8bn. However, August’s figure is still 8% higher than this time last year.
  • Total gross mortgage lending has remained stable at £16.6bn; remortgaging now accounts for a fifth (20%) of the total market.
  • Those remortgaging are each taking out an average of £20,070 in extra equity (above the value of the redeeming loan). This implies a total amount of equity withdrawn by remortgaging in August to be £435.2m. In August 2012, customers withdrew a total of £408.1m – which means that customers this year are releasing £27.1m more.

LMS figures reveal that monthly gross remortgage lending decreased by £561m in August to £3.2bn. Although this is down 14.8% on July’s £3.8bn reported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) last week, it is 8.0% higher than this time last year.

The CML has also reported that total gross mortgage lending held steady at £16.6bn in August. As a result, remortgages now represent a fifth (20%) of the market.

LMS estimates that the total number of remortgage loans in August decreased by 19.7% to 21,682, compared with 27,000 in July. This figure is also down 4.5% on this time last year (22,700).

The average remortgage loan amount, however, has risen by 2.4% over the past month and now stands at £149,367. This figure is also 10.3% higher than this time last year.

Commenting on the latest figures, Andy Knee, Chief Executive of LMS says:

“Although remortgage lending has experienced a noticeable knock in August there is no need to be despondent as the figures compare favourably year-on-year.

“We all knew that recovery following the downturn in 2008 was going to be a long and bumpy road, so when presented with a fall such as this, it is always best to take a step back and consider them in terms of the bigger picture.

“It would appear that the entire market has reached a plateau in August, with the CML reporting that gross mortgage lending has held steady at £16.6bn. The remortgage market’s contraction means that remortgages only represented a fifth of the market in August, but we will no doubt see further reshuffles in the months to come.”

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