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ASTL members write £3bn in bridging loans for first time

17th August 2017

Figures on the size of the bridging market show no sign of any slowdown – instead they continue to gather pace, according to data from the ASTL.

The figures for Q2 2017, compiled by the ASTL’s auditors from its bridging lender members, show that the lenders have reached the magic figure of £3billion of loans written in a year; up from £2.8billion for the year ended 31 June 2016.

Results for the quarter were excellent, showing sustained positive growth.  The quarter saw record highs for loans written of £875 million while applications received totalled £4.9 billion. Total loan books have bounced back, with a rise of 5.8% compared to 31 March and 10.6% up on 30 June 2016, but the pattern remains erratic.  

The value of loans written increased 12.1% on Q1 2017 and up a remarkable 17.8% on Q1 2016.   Annual growth in loans written, comparing the year ending June 2017 to June 2016, showed a more modest 6.7% growth, but that’s not to be sneezed at in these tougher times.

The pace of increase in applications has increased a whopping 39.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago, while the figures for the year ending June 2017 show an even greater increase of 56.6% compared to year ended June 2016.  Only the quarter-on-quarter application figures showed a minimal increase.

All this shows that the bridging industry remains in rude health.   

Benson Hersch, CEO of the ASTL says:

“The increase in positivity shown by members in a recent sentiment survey seems to be reflected in the latest figures.   It remains to be seen how the ebb and flow of Brexit negotiations will affect the sector, but the market remains good for the time being.    Barring unexpected jolts to the economy, I expect a period of consolidation ahead, especially with the increasing likelihood of interest rate rises.”

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