Figures compiled by the ASTL's auditors from its bridging lender members for Q3 2017 have painted a vivid picture of the sector. While the value of loans written for the quarter ending 30 September 2017 showed a slight drop compared with Q2 2017, there has been no slowdown over the last 12 months, with the annual figure rising by 16.1% to £3.2 billion. In comparison to the same quarter last year, the value of loans written in the quarter has increased by a massive 38.9%.

The size of members' loan books is also healthy. Total loan books are continuing to climb, with a rise of 8.3% compared to Q2 2017. Compared to the end of Q2 2016, the value of loan books has risen by 27.7%, to £3.5 billion. 

The quarter saw the pace of increases in applications decrease marginally (0.7%) compared to Q2 2017, however applications are up a huge 45.5% compared to the same quarter last year, while those on an annualised basis are up 63.9% on the year ended September 2016; making up a total of £18.9 billion. 

Our figures show that the bridging finance industry is in good shape going into 2018, despite the challenges to the British economy and the squeeze on affordability and access to consumer credit. 

Benson Hersch, CEO of the ASTL says: "The figures from our members show that the bridging finance industry is in excellent shape. It shows that the industry has remained resilient despite the threat of Brexit and low growth in the economy.

The figures also demonstrate that bridging loans remain an excellent alternative where traditional financing is not immediately available for customers. The bridging sector therefore continues to provide a vital role in the economy by offering customers access to the capital they need in a responsible and sustainable way." 

These figures are taken from the responses from ASTL members, which include most of the key lenders in the bridging market.

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Press Release, Wednesday 8 November, 2017