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First-time buyers outnumber buy-to-let landlords by 3 to 1

Data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) shows lending to first-time buyers continues to outnumber buy-to-let purchases by three to one.

Lending to buy-to-let investors in 2015 totalled £37.9 billion, however, in 2015 only 41% of buy-to-let mortgages were for house purchase, a total value of £15.6 billion.

Compared with first-time buyer activity, which is back to pre-crisis levels, loans for purchases totalled £46.7 billion – the highest level of activity since 2007.

John Heron, Director of Paragon Mortgages, said...

John Heron
A common accusation levelled at buy-to-let landlords is that they have an unfair advantage over home-buyers. The data released today would suggest this is not the case, with buy-to-let purchases making up only 11.6% of all purchases. First-time buyers accounted for three times as many transactions as buy-to-let purchasers. Total lending for buy-to-let whilst up 28% by volume on 2014, remains lower than it was in 2006, with remortgages accounting for 58% of all lending. In 2015 lending for new purchases was only marginally higher than it was in 2003. The information from the CML also indicates strong credit quality in buy-to-let lending, with average loan to values moving lower, affordability strengthening and arrears at the lowest levels since before the financial crisis. Despite claims of over-heating, effectively the sector is still recovering from the financial crisis and if we could draw the attention of Government and policy makers to any one argument this would be it.
Paragon Mortgages is a trading style of Paragon Mortgages (2010) Limited (Registered in England No:6595834) and Paragon Bank PLC (Registered in England No:05390593). Paragon Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the Firm Reference No:604551. Registered office: 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ.