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UK mortgage approvals at lowest level since mid-2020

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The number of mortgages approved for UK house purchases fell to its lowest level in 16 months in October as the “distortive effect” of the stamp duty holiday came to an end.Figures from the Bank of England showed that 67,200 new homebuyer mortgages were approved during the month, down from 71,851 and well below the high of 104,547 recorded in November 2020.The Bank’s data also showed a sharp fall in the sums advanced to borrowers over the month, with net mortgage lending of £1.6bn in October,

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