The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has cut its forecast for the number of repossessions this year to 48,000.
Having anticipated 75,000 repossessions in 2016 in last year’s housing market forecasts, the forecast had already been revised down to 65,000 in June, but is now being cut again in recognition of lender forbearance, government measures and the beneficial effect of continuing low interest rates which are helping most borrowers facing difficulty to keep their homes.
Commenting on the latest arrears data and on the new forecasts, CML director general Michael Coogan said: ‘In terms of new lending next year, we expect a modest increase.
‘But it is difficult to see the case for a dramatic upturn in the absence of significant improvement in the wider economic picture. There is a risk that public spending cuts and higher taxes could choke off recovery. So, although we have become more optimistic, we remain cautious about market prospects.’