We bought an apartment at the height of the boom. Despite the house price increases, it is still only worth about 75 per cent of what we paid for it. (...)

A Central Bank study finds that mortgage borrowers who draw down close to the maximum funds available are more likely to be first-time buyers in the Greater Dublin Area. Photograph: iStock

Record rent levels may see the Central Bank ease rules on mortgage lending slightly. Goodbody analyst Eamonn Hughes said wholesale changes were unlik(...)