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Almost 10% of property sales collapse because lenders ‘getting tougher’

There has been a notable rise in the number of property sales falling through due to tougher mortgage lending conditions, according to new figures from Quick Move Now, which says that 31% of agreed property sales collapsed prior to completion in the second quarter of this year.

Of the sales that fell through, the property-buying firm claims that 30% failed due to buyers being refused funds by mortgage companies. Danny Luke, Quick Move Now’s managing director suggests that this demonstrates growing caution from lenders.

Luke commented: “It’s unusual, in this day and age, for buyers to have an offer accepted on a property without having an agreement in principle in place with their mortgage lender. This would suggest that the 30% of failed sales attributed to difficulty securing a mortgage are due to buyers being turned down during the formal mortgage application process after initially securing an agreement in principle. This indicates that underwriters are getting tougher in the level of risk they’re willing to accept, both in terms of buyer circumstances and finances, and properties they’re prepared to lend on.”

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