According to the latest research from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), the amount borrowers are paying as a percentage of their household income to service capital and interest rates reached a historic low this month for both first-time buyers and home movers, 17.8% and 17.7% respectively.
The CML also published affordability metrics for first-time buyers which saw the typical loan size decrease to £133,000 in September from £136,400 in August. The average household income also decreased slightly from £41,000 in August to £40,200 in September. This meant the income multiple was slightly down from 3.56 to 3.53. The average amount borrowed by home movers in the UK also decreased to £171,000 in September from £175,000 in August, while the average home mover household income also decreased to £55,100 from £55,400. The income multiple for the average home mover went from 3.27 to 3.26 month-on-month.
While there was a decline in house purchase lending in September compared to a month before, this is the highest volume of loans and most amount borrowed in the month of September since September 2007. This was mirrored in first-time buyer trends as this was the highest volume of loans in the month of September since September 2006.
Remortgage loans saw a decline month-on-month but an increase year-on-year in September. On a quarterly basis, there were more loans advanced for remortgage than any quarter since the third quarter of 2011.