Commentary on Mortgage lending statistics - September 2019

The FCA and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) both have responsibility for the regulation of mortgage lenders and administrators. We jointly publish the mortgage lending statistics every quarter.

Since the beginning of 2007, around 340 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators have been required to submit a Mortgage Lending and Administration Return (MLAR) each quarter, providing data on their mortgage lending activities.

Key findings

  • The outstanding value of all residential mortgage loans was £1,461 billion in 2019 Q2, 3.1% higher than a year earlier (Table A).
  • The value of gross mortgage advances was £66.1 billion in 2019 Q2, 1.0% lower than a year ago (Table A and Chart 1).
  • The value of new mortgage commitments (lending agreed to be advanced in the coming months) was broadly unchanged compared to a year earlier, at £73.4 billion (Table A and Chart 1).
  • The share of mortgages advanced in Q2 with loan to value (LTV) ratios exceeding 90% was 5.5%, the highest since 2008 Q4 (Chart 3).
  • The proportion of lending at high loan to income (LTI) ratios (loans greater than four times the value of annual income for a single borrower or greater than three times annual income for joint borrowers) was 46.1% in 2019 Q2, 0.7 percentage points (pp) higher than a year earlier (Chart 4).
  • The share of gross mortgage lending for buy-to-let purposes (covering house purchase, remortgage and further advance) was 13.1%, in line with a year earlier (Chart 5).
  • Lending to owner-occupiers for house purchase accounted for 50.5% of total gross mortgage advances in Q2. Of this, 21.3% was to first-time buyers, which is consistent with a year earlier. The share of lending to home movers increased marginally in the year to 29.2% (Chart 5).

Download the data from the charts below - MLAR statistics: detailed tables (Excel)

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Table A: Residential loans to individuals flows and balances 

Regulated and non-regulated mortgages - £ billions - Not seasonally adjusted

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q1

Q2

 

2018

 

 

 

2019

 

Business flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross advances

62.4

66.7

73.5

72.9

63.4

66.1

New commitments

61.0

73.2

73.0

67.9

63.7

73.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential loan amounts outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Total Regulated and Non-regulated

1,403.1

1,417.3

1,429.6

1,442.1

1,450.9

1,461.4

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Data table

  • The value of gross mortgage advances was £66.1 billion in 2019 Q2, 1.0% lower than a year ago (Table A and Chart 1).  
  • The value of new mortgage commitments (lending agreed to be advanced in the coming months) was broadly unchanged compared to a year earlier, at £73.4 billion.

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  • The distribution of interest rates for gross mortgage advances relative to Bank Rate has remained broadly unchanged since 2018 Q3 (Chart 2). 
  • The share of mortgages advanced with interest rates 3% or more above Bank Rate fell marginally to 6.3%, the lowest since 2008 Q3. The share of gross advances with interest rates over 2%, but less than 3%, above Bank Rate was 9.9%, whilst the share of loans with interest rates less than 2% above Bank Rate was 83.7%. 

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  • The share of mortgages advanced in Q2 with loan to value (LTV) ratios exceeding 75% was 39.7%, the highest since 2008 Q2. 
  • The share of mortgages advanced in Q2 with LTV ratios exceeding 90% was 5.5%. This is the highest since 2008 Q4 and 1.0pp higher than the previous quarter (Chart 3).

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The proportion of lending to borrowers with high loan to income (LTI) ratios was 46.1% in 2019 Q2, 0.7 pp higher than a year earlier (Chart 4).  Borrowers with high LTI are defined here as: 

  • Borrowers with a single income who had an LTI of 4 or above. These loans accounted for 10.8% of gross mortgage lending in Q2, a share which has been broadly unchanged since 2018 Q1. 
  • Borrowers with a joint income who had an LTI of 3 or above. These loans accounted for 35.3% of gross mortgage lending in Q2, 0.7 pp higher than a year earlier. 

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The share of gross mortgage advances for buy-to-let purposes (covering house purchase, remortgage and further advance) was 13.1% in Q2, in line with a year earlier (Chart 5). The share of advances for owner occupation was 86.9%.

  • Of the 86.9% of advances for owner occupation, the share for remortgage fell to 29.6% of total gross advances, the lowest since 2017 Q4. The share for house purchase was broadly unchanged on the year at 50.5%. Further advances and other mortgages (including lifetime mortgages) accounted for 6.8% of gross advances combined.
  • Of the 50.5% of advances for house purchase by owner occupiers, lending to first-time buyers was 21.3% of total gross advances, consistent with a year earlier. The share advanced to home movers was 29.2%.

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  • The value of outstanding balances with some arrears decreased by 1.7% on the quarter, to £14.2 billion (Chart 6). 
  • The proportion of total loan balances with some arrears has decreased to 0.97%, the lowest since the series began in 2007 Q1.

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