CML gross mortgage lending figure for December 2012

21 January 2013

Peter Williams, Executive Director of IMLA, comments on the latest CML figures, which show that – despite a fall of £995m in lending activity between November and December – the total gross lending for 2012 was £143bn compared with £141bn recorded in 2011

“A lull in mortgage lending is always to be expected in the last month of the year, but surpassing the 2011 annual gross lending total justifies the positive outlook that IMLA, CML and others have for 2013. Given that activity dropped off by £1.5bn between the third and fourth quarters of 2011*, an improvement of £176m in the CML figures over the equivalent period last year** marks the start of what should develop into a more substantial recovery in 2013.

“As demand returns and the Funding for Lending Scheme gains momentum, it presents lenders with a real chance to develop new product offers that can meet consumers’ varying needs. With innovation being key to gaining an advantage in the market, IMLA members will be at the forefront of this effort and the resulting competition should give brokers plenty of options to consider for potential borrowers.”

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