UK housing repossessions continue downward to record low

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Residential property repossessions in the UK, already at their lowest since records began, continued to fall in the second quarter of 2015, according to latest data to be published. In that period, the repossession rate was 0.02%, equivalent to just one in 5,000 mortgages and the data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders also shows that arrears continued to fall as well. Overall there were 2,500 properties taken into possession in the second quarter, down from 3,000 the previous quarter and 5,400 in the second quarter of last year. Of these, 1,800 were in the owner occupier market, and 700 in the buy to let market. However, the CML report points out that as in the first quarter, the current flow of repossessions probably continues to remain lower than the underlying trend would imply, even though arrears are also falling. In terms of arrears, the total number of mortgages with arrears equivalent to 2.5% or more of the mortgage balance was 106,400.This equated to 0.96% of all mortgages, again, the lowest rate since quarterly records began in 2008. CML director general Paul Smee pointed out that this is the first quarter in which the CML has been able to publish fully consistent data on arrears and possessions across both the owner occupier and the buy to let markets. As a result of improvements to the underlying data surveys, some back data has been restated. Of all loans with arrears of more than 2.5% of balance some 100,700 were owner occupier and 5,700 buy to let. In both the owner occupier and buy to let markets, the number and proportion of mortgages in arrears fell or remained static in all arrears bands and none experienced a worsening. Taylor Scott International

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