The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion in February.  This is 5% lower than January but 30% higher than February last year (£13.6 billion) and the highest lending total for a February since 2008 when gross lending reached £24.1 billion.

Commenting on the market conditions, CML economist Mohammad Jamei said:

“Lending continues the year on a positive note, with our monthly estimate showing an increase of 30% in February compared to a year ago. This growth rate is in line with what we saw in the closing months of 2015. The recovery is being underpinned by market fundamentals in the UK, as wages grow and unemployment falls, helped by government schemes and competitive mortgage deals…”