Latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders indicates that 48% of new borrowers took out a fixed rate mortgage in June, the highest proportion so far in 2010.
The trade body has reported that while fixed rates had proved unpopular this year compared to the last several years due to an historic low bank rate with little prospect of the rate rising, falls in fixed rate prices means they are starting to find favour again.
House purchase lending increased significantly in June. There were 52,000 loans advanced (worth £7.6 billion), up 19% in volume (23% in value) from May 2010 and up 14% in volume (27% in value) from June 2009. This is now the twelfth consecutive month in which lending has been higher than its year-earlier levels.
Lending for remortgage also increased, though only modestly, in June. There were 27,000 loans for remortgage, worth £3.4 billion, up from 26,000 (worth £3.2 billion) in May 2010 but down from 34,000 (worth £4.2 billion) in June 2009.
For the second quarter as a whole, there were 136,000 house purchase loans, worth £19.7 billion. This is 20% higher (by volume and value) than the last quarter and up 17% (by volume) and 30% (by value) than quarter two 2009.
For remortgaging, the second quarter saw 77,000 loans (worth £9.6 billion), up 2% by volume, with no change in value, from the first quarter, but in stark contrast to house purchase lending, the figure was down 20% (by volume) and 19% (by value) from the second quarter of 2009.
There were 52,200 loans (worth £6.2 billion) to first-time buyers from April to June, up from 43,400 (worth £5 billion) from January to March and 85,300 home mover loans (worth £13.5 billion), up from 70,700 (worth £11.2 billion).
CML economist Paul Samter said: “For the time being