• Pensions

    Pensions+

    Whether you're saving for retirement or you are facing decisions at retirement, we can help

    View more
  • Savings Planning

    Savings+Planning

    Saving for the future is important and we can help you select the right product to achieve your goals

    View more
  • Mortgage Advice

    Mortgage+Advice

    We are specialists in arranging mortgages for First Time Buyers, people moving home, 'Buy to Let' mortgages and remortgages.

    View more
  • Investment Advice

    Investment+Advice

    Make the most of your money and don't leave it languishing in Building Society accounts

    View more
  • Equity Release

    Equity+Release

    Allows you to access cash tied up in your home - speak to one of our qualified advisers

    View more
  • Protect Insure

    Protect+Insure

    We can shop around for the lowest cost life cover, income protection and critical illness cover

    View more
 

UK housing market is cooling, says BBA

Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.

The number of mortgages approved for house purchases was down 10% compared with a year ago, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) said. Approvals had been relatively high at the start of the year but have slowed since June. This may slow the pace of house price rises in the coming months. The approvals figures show when mortgages have been granted, which comes before the final stages of the house-buying process. There were 39,271 approvals for house purchases in September, the BBA said.

'Plateau'

New affordability checks, demanded by the regulator, slowed the total of mortgage approvals temporarily in the early summer, the BBA said. Lenders now scrutinise regular income and outgoings including childcare and household bills. More recent figures suggested that the recovery in the housing market, driven primarily by the South East of England, had started to cool. There were fears of a property bubble although approvals are still half the level seen in 2006 when the UK housing market was particularly active. "A year ago there were many of us who were concerned by the heady pace of property price rises," said Richard Woolhouse, BBA chief economist. "These figures suggest we are now experiencing a steadier housing market and that's no bad thing." The number of homeowners remortgaging was also down, having fallen by 24% in September compared with the same month a year earlier.

Recent data and comments from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) suggested that the housing market had reached "a plateau". The figures come on the same day as estate agents Foxtons reported a "sharp and recent slowing of volumes" in London property sales. Its profit warning led to a sharp fall in its share price in early trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, figures from the National House Building Council show that builders are preparing to build more homes than at any stage since the financial crisis. However, house building is still at a fraction of the level seen in the UK in the 1970s.

Source:  bbc.co.uk

Sam: 29th Oct 2014 15:36:00

 

Latest News

Drawdown is booming – so perfect your investments
Drawdown is booming – so perfect your investments

Read More >>

Remortgaging surge to continue – get the best rate
Remortgaging surge to continue – get the best rate

Read More >>

Equity release helps first-time buyers
Equity release helps first-time buyers

Read More >>

“Challenging conditions” for personal pensions
“Challenging conditions” for personal pensions

Read More >>

Remortgage customers: beware of rate rises
Remortgage customers: beware of rate rises

Read More >>

See all News...
  • Pensions

    Pensions+

    Whether you're saving for retirement or you are facing decisions at retirement, we can help

    View more
  • Savings Planning

    Savings+Planning

    Saving for the future is important and we can help you select the right product to achieve your goals

    View more
  • Mortgage Advice

    Mortgage+Advice

    We are specialists in arranging mortgages for First Time Buyers, people moving home, 'Buy to Let' mortgages and remortgages.

    View more
  • Investment Advice

    Investment+Advice

    Make the most of your money and don't leave it languishing in Building Society accounts

    View more
  • Equity Release

    Equity+Release

    Allows you to access cash tied up in your home - speak to one of our qualified advisers

    View more
  • Protect Insure

    Protect+Insure

    We can shop around for the lowest cost life cover, income protection and critical illness cover

    View more