Pepper Money second charge mortgage book hits £1bn

Specialist lender, Pepper Money, has exceeded £1bn worth of loans on its second charge mortgage book.

Breaking through the £1bn barrier marks a key milestone for the lender, which has already successfully closed five securitisations under the Castell securitisation platform and originated more than £1.8bn Second Charge mortgages in total, with £800m worth of loans having already been redeemed.

Matt Blake, treasurer at Pepper Money, said: “According to the Finance and Leasing Association, second charge lending in 2021 totalled £1.1bn, so breaking through £1bn on our loan book alone shows just what an important player Pepper Money is in this market.

“Throughout our lending we have maintained ultra-low levels of loans in default and repossessions, and the majority of lending continues to be for either home improvements or debt consolidation.

“With the ongoing cost-of-living squeeze that is motivating more customers to take a more proactive approach to managing their finances, we expect debt consolidation to be a big theme in the coming months, providing brokers with a good opportunity to help their clients take greater control of their monthly expenditure.”

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