Remortgage business retreats for the second consecutive quarter

24th August 2015


The number of owner-occupied remortgages in the second quarter fell from 35% in the first three months of the year to 32% new research shows.

The analysis from Paragon Mortgages shows that the level of remortgage business has now halved since pre-crisis levels.

In fact the number of buy-to-let remortgage cases, have also declined from 34% in the fourth quarter last year to 29% between April and the end of June 2015.

This has reversed the increase experienced six months ago but mirrors the 4% decline experienced in the second quarter last year. The lender’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking Index also showed that getting a better interest rate and capital raising at respectively 45% and 44% were the top reasons for obtaining a buy-to-let mortgage in the second quarter, a trend which remains from the previous quarter.

However, the overall mortgage market remains stable with intermediaries reporting a small rise in new business from 22.6 to 22.7 cases in the second quarter. More than four out of 10 intermediaries, at 46%, expect to do more mortgage business in the next 12 months.

John Heron, managing director of Paragon Mortgages, said: “As ever, it is important to identify trends and gain an understanding of the market from intermediaries’ perspective as they are working with landlord clients on a daily basis, helping us to ensure our products are as relative to market conditions as possible for our customers.

“Although it is disappointing to see a drop in the number of remortgages, it is important to note these are incremental fluctuations and, as whole, when viewed from a broader perspective, the figures remain well within the average range.”

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