New mortgage presents down 33pc in wake of mini-budget


The worth of latest mortgage commitments fell by a 3rd within the fourth quarter of 2022, within the aftermath of September’s much-criticised mini-budget.

The most recent Financial institution of England figures confirmed that new mortgage commitments got here in at £58.4bn within the final three months of final yr, a 33.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter drop and a 24.5 per cent year-on-year decline.

The central financial institution’s information additionally confirmed the worth of mortgage advances fell by £4.3bn within the fourth quarter of 2022 in contrast with the earlier quarter to £81.6bn.

Whereas this was 16.3 per cent larger than in the identical quarter for 2021, the financial institution mentioned “if the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and interval instantly thereafter is excluded, this was the bottom noticed because the first quarter of 2015”.

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Through the quarter the share of mortgage advances with rates of interest lower than two per cent above Financial institution Price was 93.6 per cent within the fourth quarter of 2022, 22 per cent larger than a yr in the past and the best seen because the second quarter of 2008.

The figures additionally present that the proportion of lending to debtors with a excessive mortgage to earnings (LTI) ratio decreased by 2.2 per cent to 49.3 per cent within the fourth quarter, the bottom seen because the third quarter of 2021.

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The worth of excellent balances with arrears elevated for the primary time since 2021, by 4.6 per cent over the quarter and 1.3 per cent over the yr, to £13.6bn within the fourth quarter of 2022. This now accounts for 0.81 per cent of excellent mortgages.

“The mortgage market chaos that adopted the mini finances is obvious to see in these figures,” mentioned James Bawa, chief government of digital property change platform Pexa UK. “With bond yields and rates of interest rocketing, lenders have been compelled to radically reprice or pull merchandise. This, coupled with the stress from the price of dwelling disaster, demolished demand within the fourth quarter, though we did see a major proportion of present debtors scramble to lock in charges earlier than they climbed additional.”

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