Mortgage approvals at 18-month high

Lenders approved more mortgages in July than in any other month since January 2014, new figures from the Bank of England show.

According to the latest money and credit figures, there were 11,7661 approvals in July – an 8 per cent year-on-year increase on July 2014.

Purchase approvals were up 5.3 per cent annually to 68,764, while remortgage and further advances were up 16 per cent and 2 per cent to 38,042 and 10,855, respectively.

Gross lending was up 10.8 per cent year-on-year to £18.4bn.

Mortgage Advice Bureau head of lending Brian Murphy says: “Mortgage approvals continued to climb in July, with the number of approvals for remortgage in particular seeing a significant annual increase. Bargain basement mortgage rates are attracting borrowers in their droves, and many are keen to lock into record low pricing before interest rates rise.

“Not only do remortgagers stand to make significant savings by switching to a competitive deal, many are in a strong position to cash in on the rising value of their home. Our own analysis shows that the average remortgage loan has reached a new post-recession high, with typical loan-to-values also increasing. Savvy borrowers are therefore increasingly making the most of house price rises by releasing money from their homes.”