Mortgage approvals fall for third consecutive month

The number of mortgages approved for house purchase fell for the third month in a row during February as the housing market continued to show signs of slowing down, figures revealed today. A total of 47,094 loans were approved for people buying a home during the month, 21% down on the recent peak reached in November last year, according to the Bank of England. However, the Bank’s figures also showed a rise in unsecured lending during the month, with consumers taking on more debt through credit cards, personal loans and other forms of credit than at any time for 15 months.