Second charge agreements were up 12% year-on-year in August, the latest figures from the Finance and Leasing Association have revealed.
There were 2,343 new second charge agreements in August.
The value of new second charge business saw a yearly increase of 10% at £102m.
Fiona Hoyle, acting director general and head of consumer and mortgage finance at the FLA, said: “The second charge mortgage market recorded its 12th consecutive month of double-digit new business growth in August.
“In the first eight months of 2019, new business volumes were 21% higher than in the same period in 2018.”
Richard Tugwell, intermediary relationship director at Together, added: “It’s clear that secured borrowing is growing in popularity.
“People are increasingly recognising it as a cost-effective way of securing funding for a range of needs, from house improvements to debt consolidation.
“It is gaining more traction as an alternative where people find their options limited with unsecured lending or wish to release funds from their property without having to remortgage.”
Martin Stewart, director at The Money Group, commented: “ It is great news for a great product and some of the hard work being done by the industry to educate brokers about second charge mortgages.
“We have not necessarily seen an increase ourselves, our enquiries tend to arrive like buses and then it could be months before we see another one.
“One aspect that we should keep an eye on is whether second charge lenders are advancing because first charge lenders are retreating.
“We are without doubt entering a period of uncertainty and it will be interesting to see who has an appetite to continue lending.”
Robert Owen, managing director of mortgages and bridging at United Trust Bank, said: “It’s pleasing to see continued growth in the second charge marketplace as new products and technology has been brought into the market to improve the customer journey and the service to our brokers.”