Remortgage completions drop 28% in March: LMS

28% less remortgages completed in March compared to February ahead of the ERC peak at the start of April, according to the latest data from LMS.

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Rozi Jones
14th April 2022
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"The fact that the pipeline grew shows you just how many cases were there waiting for the ERC to drop off."

Instructions decreased by 26% while pipeline cases increased slightly month-on-month (2%).

46% of borrowers increased their loan size in March and 63% took out a five-year fixed rate product.

29% said the most popular main aim when remortgaging was to release equity in their property.

Nick Chadbourne, CEO of LMS, said: “While the figures show a drop in completions, this is entirely expected given the ERC peak at the start of April. The fact that the pipeline grew shows you just how many cases were there waiting for the ERC to drop off.

"Similarly, while remortgage instructions are also down month-on-month, this is most likely because many lenders have responded to heightened levels of uncertainty around the cost of living squeeze by pulling products from the market and evaluating affordability more closely. They are also establishing what capacity they have across the board – underwriting, surveying and conveyancing – so it will be vital for the sector to work out how the supply chain can manage sustained volumes throughout the year.

"Working closely with their suppliers, lenders will be looking to assist borrowers by providing competitive fixed rates to give surety of costs while dealing with such pressure, and efficient collaboration between all parties will ensure the effective implementation of tech that can help speed up the entire remortgage journey.”

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