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Residential mortgage searches increased by 79% in June as brokers scoured the market for deals for furloughed workers and for products with temporary maximum LTV restrictions.

That’s according to the latest criteria activity tracker from Knowledge Bank which has provided an insight into borrower behaviour in the first full month after physical valuations and viewings resumed.

Overall, brokers’ searches were up to 68% in June as the market responded to eased restrictions following the Covid-19 lockdown.

But the residential market showed even greater pick up of searches, with a 79% increase – reflecting the demand in the market.

The terms brokers were searching for continued to follow the same pattern which has been dominant since the pandemic began.

Indeed, the main residential searches, Knowledge Bank revealed, included ‘Covid-19: Temporary Maximum LTV Restrictions’ and ‘Furloughed Workers’.

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What’s more, the ‘Temporary Maximum LTV’ term was also strongly represented in broker searches in the buy-to-let, second charge and bridging categories.

Matthew Corker, lender relationship manager at Knowledge Bank, said: “Lenders have been very active in June, withdrawing and then reintroducing higher-LTV products.

“Many have also adjusted their affordability and allowable income criteria, as details of the extension to the Government’s furlough scheme become clearer.

“It is no surprise to find that brokers are searching more frequently for these criteria. As demand returns to the market, lenders and brokers are having to move fast to stay ahead of the curve.”

Knowledge Bank has responded to this increase in demand by establishing a weekly Criteria Clinic, enabling brokers to discuss the issues and hot topics they are most concerned about with a panel of experts from a cross-section of lenders.

Top five searches performed by brokers on Knowledge Bank – June 2020 (source: Knowledge Bank)

1COVID-19: Temporary Maximum LTV RestrictionsLending to Limited CompaniesMaximum LTV / Loan To ValueEarly Repayment Charges
2Help To Buy Equity Loan SchemeFirst-time landlordCOVID-19 : Temporary Maximum LTV RestrictionsProperty with an Annex / Outbuildings / Land / Acreage
3COVID-19: Furloughed WorkersRequirement to be a HomeownerCapital Raising for Debt ConsolidationTimber Framed Construction
4Self-employed – one year’s accountsMinimum Income – Interest-Only / Part-and-Part Single ApplicantSelf-employed – one year’s accountsFlexible Payments / Ad hoc
5Maximum Age at End of TermCOVID-19: Temporary Maximum LTV RestrictionsIncome Multiple used for Affordability AssessmentMinimum Property Value
1Maximum LTV / Loan to ValueRegulated BridgingMaximum LTV for Commercial Investment
2Maximum LTC – Loan to CostMaximum LTVSemi-Commercial Properties
3Lend against LandCOVID-19: Temporary Maximum LTV RestrictionsMinimum Loan Amount
4Maximum Loan AmountMinimum LoanCommercial Owner Occupier
5 Barn ConversionMinimum Property ValueMixed-Use Properties / Part Commercial

By Kate Saines

Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette

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