Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Statistics - 2019 Q4

The Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Return (MLAR) is a quarterly statistical release aggregated from data on mortgage lending activities provided by around 340 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators.
Published on 10 March 2020

Key findings

  • The outstanding value of all residential mortgages loans was £1,499 billion at end-2019 Q4, 3.8% higher than a year earlier (Table A).
  • The value of gross mortgage advances was £73.4 billion, broadly unchanged in comparison to 2018 Q4 (Table A and Chart 1).
  • The value of new mortgage commitments (lending agreed to be advanced in the coming months) was 4.0% higher than a year earlier, at £70.6 billion (Table A and Chart 1).
  • The share of gross advances with interest rates less than 2% above Bank Rate was 85.3%, a 1.4 percentage point (pp) increase in comparison to a year ago. This is the highest share since 2008 Q3 (Chart 2).
  • The share of mortgages advanced in 2019 Q4 with loan to value (LTV) ratios exceeding 90% reached 5.7%, 1.4pp higher than a year earlier (Chart 3).
  • The share of gross mortgage lending for buy-to-let purposes (covering house purchase, remortgage and further advance) was 12.4%, consistent with 2018 Q4 (Chart 5).
  • The value of outstanding balances with some arrears fell by 2.1% over the quarter to £13.4 billion, and now accounts for 0.89% of outstanding mortgage balances (Chart 6).

PDFMortgage lenders and administrators statistics - 2019 Q4


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Next release date: 9 June 2020

Long run versions of the summary and detailed tables are now available in Excel format, for data going back to Q1 2007. These have been sourced from data published by the FSA on their archive pages prior to Q1 2013 and data published by the Bank of England from Q1 2013.

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This page was last updated 10 March 2020
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