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May mortgage sales soar by £3.4bn


Significant increase in sales across every region in the UK


Mortgage sales for the UK increased by £3.4 billion in May, up 25.4% on the previous month, according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace.


Buy-to-let figures jumped 26.1% (£0.55 billion) to £2.7 billion, with residential up 25.2% (£2.88 billion) to £14.3 billion. Overall, mortgage sales for the month grew to £17.0 billion.


Every region across the UK witnessed growth in sales.  Northern Ireland experienced the largest increase of 36.3%, followed by the North East (30.1%) and London (28.7%).


  Regional area

Total mortgage sales growth

Northern Ireland


North East






North West


South West


North and Yorkshire


Home Counties


South Coast




South East





John Driscoll, Director at Equifax Touchstone, said: “Following weak figures last month, prompted by government intervention to cool buy-to-let property sales and election uncertainty, mortgage sales have rebounded in quite spectacular fashion, hitting a monthly high for 2017 of £17 billion, with every single region experiencing notable growth.  The outlook for the market however remains murky as issues such as political uncertainty linger; but we could see this sales boost continue into the summer months.”


The data from Equifax Touchstone, which covers the majority of the intermediated lending market, shows that the average value of a residential mortgage in May was £200,338 (2016: £194,005) and £155,473 for buy-to-let (2016: £160,729).


Equifax Touchstone utilises intermediary and customer profiling tools to provide financial services providers with a detailed understanding of their marketplace and client base.



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Notes to editors:

Equifax Touchstone Limited is one of the Equifax group companies based in the UK. Equifax Touchstone is registered in Scotland No: SC11340. Registered Office: Exchange Tower, 19 Canning Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8EH.


Equifax Touchstone

Equifax Touchstone is a leading provider of strategic intermediary intelligence to financial product providers, delivering powerful benefits to its users. It operates a shared investment product data exchange with information provided by over 90 of the UK’s leading financial services companies.  It also operates the MyTouchstone database which is powered by the collective sales data of 77 major product providers, fund managers and platforms and inputs from thousands of intermediaries to help them understand how they perform compared to the other firms in their post area and across the UK.


About Equifax

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