Mortgage advisers predict a bumper Q2 as sentiment is buoyed by rising house prices, new lending and improving consumer confidence, research suggests.
More than half (54%) of the brokers polled by Legal & General (L&G) said they expected increased business levels in the three months from 1 April.
Remortgages will cater for 34% of their total mortgage business next quarter, advisers expect, up from 32% in Q1.
The average for house purchase business for the same period is forecast to be 49%, almost exactly the same as last quarter.
"Only the most pessimistic of commentators can now ignore all the promising signs coming out of the mortgage market," L&G housing director Stephen Smith says.
"We genuinely seemed to have turned a corner now and I fully expect the worst to be behind us.
"We believe that mortgage volumes in general are set to grow this year, as will house prices, housing transactions, the volume of mortgage products available - the list goes on."
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