Fri 13 Jul 2018 View all news articles

UK mortgage approvals hit four-month high in May - UK Finance

The number of mortgages approved by British banks for home purchases hit a four-month high last month, according to industry figures that differed from other signs of weakness in the housing market.

Banks approved 39,244 mortgages in May, up from 38,327 in April but still down more than 4 percent compared with a year ago, seasonally-adjusted figures from trade body UK Finance said on Tuesday.

Britain’s housing market slowed after the 2016 referendum decision to take Britain out of the European Union, especially in London. The vote hit consumer confidence and spending as a fall in the pound that followed that vote pushed up inflation.

Gauges of house price growth remain muted.

UK Finance described modest growth in credit card spending, reflecting a recent boost to retail sales spurred by good weather and celebrations around the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Source: Reuters

Want mortgage advice? To arrange a free consultation with recommended mortgage advisor, simply click here.

As leading Wirral estate agents and lettings agents we have plenty to talk about and like to give our opinions on a few things too! Read about what we have to say, our latest news and industry news.