Gross mortgage lending in October was an estimated £12.4 billion, unchanged from September but down 9% from £13.6 billion in October 2009, according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is the lowest October total since 2000 (£9.9 billion).
The CML said the month-on-month annual comparison is likely to continue to decrease a little in the coming months, because underlying lending volumes rose sharply in the latter part of 2009 as borrowers rushed to take advantage of the stamp duty concession before the end of the year.
Its clear that Borrowers are nervous, even more so since the Spending Review and confirmation of some half a million public sector job losses. This fear for their personal circumstances has certainly contributed towards the drop-off in mortgage applications.