Rise in business continues to be consistent

The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has revealed its members new business figures for the second charge mortgage market in May 2017.

During the month, £87m of second charge new business was completed, up 26% year-on-year. For the year to the end of May, £259m has been transacted, at 25% rise on the same period last year.

Second charge new business has ebbed and flowed over the past year, which was to be expected following the significant changes brought about by the market’s transfer into MCOB in March 2016. While the market is still in the bedding-in process, in the first five months of 2017 new business was up 12% by value and 9% by volume.

These figures go to prove the benefits and changes are filtering through to the homeowner, and they are borrowing for a wide range of reasons, including renovating or extending existing properties.

Consumer confidence remained robust in May, and another consecutive month of increased lending is a positive indication that the second charge market is in good shape. Despite the ongoing political and economic uncertainty – a result of the snap General Election and Brexit vote – it’s encouraging to see the market return to the levels seen before the Mortgage Credit Directive implementation.

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