October secured lending totalled £98.5m, increasing 6% from the previous record set in September, according to the latest Enterprise Finance Secured Loan Index.
This represents a 47% increase year-on-year.
However, November’s lending dipped 12% on the previous month, with transactions falling to £86.7m. However, this is still a year-on-year increase of 42%, rising from £60.9m up to £86.7m in just 12 months.
Enterprise said that November typically sees a seasonal decline in lending, with an average dip of 12% from October over the past three years, matching this month’s decline.
The annual gross lending figure has risen to £959m in the last two months, as it approaches the billion-pound milestone. Enterprise claimed that total lending should hit this target at the start of 2016, if the current growth rate continues.
Harry Landy, sales director of Enterprise Finance, said: “October saw a record month of secured lending, as the industry continues its dramatic expansion. The £98.5m of transactions during the month was three times more than the monthly average in 2011 (£32.3m). This demonstrates the huge advance in the market in just four years.
“It was always going to be a difficult to maintain these higher levels of lending, with November seeing the typical drop, as expected. This seasonal fall in secured lending could be partly due to consumers typically expanding their existing sources of financing such as overdrafts, rather than consolidating their borrowing in the run up to Christmas. However, November was still significantly better than the same month in previous years with an extra £25.8m of transactions year-on-year.”
Despite a dip in monthly lending, the average loan size continues its steady rise. The typical loan has increased to £58,366 from £56,553 in September, a £1,813 uptick. This represents 3.2% growth in just two months, and an 8% jump since the start of the year due to secured loans being used for larger capital-raising projects.
The typical size of the first charge that secured loans sit behind has dropped significantly to £194,644 in November, the lowest level this year. This is a decrease of £26,677 (12%) since September. In the last two months, lenders have remained responsible with the current loan-to-value ratios staying a 61%.
Landy added: “The drop in the average first charge that the secured lending sits behind shows consumers are now taking on less overall borrowing. Secured lending continues to become a much more attractive form of capital raising, as borrowers are now choosing it over other alternative forms of finance such as remortgaging or further advances.
“It’s reassuring that even with the significant growth in the market over the last year, lenders have kept sensibly restrained when it comes to loan-to-value ratios. By only lending at around 61% of the asset’s value, there is a reduced risk of defaulting or borrowers being left in negative equity, should asset prices decline. By keeping these ratios stable, the industry can remain confident that its expansion is sustainable.”