UK intermediaries confident they can ‘weather the storm’ of political uncertainty

12 November 2019

  • An overwhelming majority (91%) of UK intermediaries are positive about the outlook for the mortgage market, despite ongoing political uncertainty
  • An even higher proportion (95%) is confident about the outlook for the intermediated mortgage sector and their own businesses (96%)
  • Intermediary caseloads and gross lending have both remained resilient in the face of Brexit

Intermediaries are confident they can weather the storm of Brexit and a general election, the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has found in its latest Mortgage Market Tracker. According to the research, 91% of mortgage intermediaries said they were either ‘very confident’ or ‘fairly confident’ about the outlook for the mortgage industry.

The research also found that most brokers (95%) were positive about the outlook for the intermediary-led mortgage market specifically, while 96% were also very or fairly confident about future prospects for their own business.

Kate Davies, Executive Director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association, said:

“Continuing political uncertainty has failed to dent the confidence of mortgage brokers.  Intermediaries remain confident that they are well-placed to weather the storm of political uncertainty. Brokers are upbeat about the prospects for Britain’s mortgage market.”

Additionally, gross lending on all mortgages has increased each quarter since Q1 2019, reaching £70.4bn in Q3 2019, according to the Bank of England.
Despite the expected summer lull dampening activity in the third quarter of the year, the average number of cases intermediaries handle annually remains in the mid-80s. On average, two-thirds of this activity (66%) was made of up of residential cases, including remortgaging, movers and first-time buyers, while Buy-to-Let covered a quarter (25%) of all activity. Specialist cases, such as adverse credit, made up the remaining 9%.

Kate Davies added:

“Even with the typically quieter summer months, there is still sustained demand from people wanting to see a mortgage broker. Whether they are a straightforward first-time buyer, have complex circumstances or are looking to remortgage, consumers are relying on the expertise of intermediaries to find the right mortgage product.”

For further information please contact:
Tom Reeder, Rostrum
Tel: 07766 255 757

Notes to Editors

The IMLA Mortgage Market Tracker uses data from BVA BDRC’s Project Mercury. Findings are based on 300 interviews with mortgage intermediaries, collected between July and September 2019.

About IMLA

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) is the trade association that represents mortgage lenders who lend to UK consumers and businesses via the broker channel. Its membership of 40 banks, building societies and specialist lenders include 16 of the 20 largest UK mortgage lenders (measured by gross lending) and account for about 90% of mortgage lending (89.4% of balances and 90.6% of gross lending).

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