Mortgage lending at 22-month high

A total of 55,300 mortgages for house purchases were granted by lenders in October, the highest number since December 2014, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said today.

Activity in the housing market has increased markedly since reaching a trough in January when just 23,000 home loans were advanced during the month.

The bulk of the market is made up of home movers, with 35,600 of October’s loans going to borrowers who already own a property, a 49 per cent increase on the same period last year.

However, first-time buyer numbers have also recovered since the start of the year, more than doubling from 8,900 in January to 19,700.