Mortgage levels up almost a quarter

There were 45,000 house purchase loans, worth £5.9 billion, up 23% from 36,500 loans in May.

However the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which complied the figures, says this is less than half the average number of loans in June over the last seven years. A total of 116,700 house purchase loans were advanced in the second quarter, a 50% increase from the preceding three months but down 22% from the second quarter of 2008.

The number of loans for remortgage increased by 13% from May to 34,000 loans in June. But low interest rates have dampened demand for remortgaging in the second quarter with 96,000 remortgage loans, a 21% fall from 122,000 in the previous quarter

Fixed rate deals have increased in take-up throughout the second quarter and by June made up 78% of new lending, the largest share since June 2007. This appears to be supply-driven, reflecting the more widespread availability of fixed-rate products in the marketplace

There were 17,200 loans to first-time buyers worth £1.9 billion, up from 13,700 loans in May but below the 18,400 in June last year. There were 27,800 loans to home movers worth £4 billion, up from 22,700 in May but down from 29,500 in June last year

Affordability measures for homebuyers were broadly static in June, but the tightening in criteria since the onset of the credit crunch appears to have ended. The typical first-time buyer had a 25% deposit, unchanged since February. Home movers typically borrowed 69% of the property’s value, unchanged from April

Income multiples have also started to increase modestly, with the typical first-time buyer borrowing 3.08 times their income, compared to 3.04 in May, and home movers typically borrowing 2.76, compared with 2.74 in May

CML economist Paul Samter said: “Low interest rates and realistic selling prices have helped generate a welcome increase in transactions. But there is some way to go before we reach normal levels of activity