Bank of China to ‘Cherry Pick’ Mortgage Borrowers in U.K.

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of China Ltd., the nation’s third-largest commercial lender, will seek to “cherry-pick” prime borrowers as it expands into real-estate lending in the U.K., according to the head of the bank’s British retail unit.

    “Before the financial crisis you didn’t have a choice, you couldn’t cherry-pick the good customers,” Xixu Sun, chief retail banking officer at Bank of China U.K. Ltd., said in an interview in London. “Now you have that choice, because there’s a drought in terms of mortgage loans provided by banks.”

    The Chinese state-owned bank is looking to win so-called prime customers with good credit histories who are struggling to get mortgages from Britain’s traditional real estate lenders, Sun said. U.K. mortgage approvals plunged to about 48,000 in June, less than half the 108,000-a-month average between 2003 and 2007, according to Bank of England figures.

    “There’s a gap, particularly for the high-end market,” said Jaap Meijer, a banking analyst at Evolution Securities Ltd. in London. “The big banks have been very restrictive on lending.”

    The average U.K. house price dropped 11 percent to 191,423 pounds ($316,000) in the 12 months to June, the Department for Communities and Local Government said last week.

    Bank of China, which has about 7 billion pounds of assets in the U.K., is expanding lending beyond its traditional market among Britain’s ethnic Chinese community, Sun said. Four mortgage distributors, including Savills Private Finance Ltd., and 15,000 brokers will sell the bank’s home loan products, he added.

    Good luck with that !:p
  2. Chinese are taking over the world like it was back in the 15th century. It is inevitable
  3. I don't think so. At one point the world will realize how many jobs have been "outsourced" to China. The "new" movement will be named "protectionism"...
  4. Won't be long now till we be manufacturing our own crappy shit again.