Felix O Regan

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First-time buyers accounted for 47.3 per cent of all mortgages drawndown during the first three months of this year

Some 8577 new mortgages were drawn down by borrowers in the first three months of the year, up 8.9 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2018. New(...)

The figures show nearly 44%  of Irish households owned their properties outright, while 27%  owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

More than €750 million worth of mortgages were approved in February, according to new figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), wi(...)

While the Central Bank’s lending rules limit what individuals can borrow, the overall stock of credit has been rising steadily. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The value of mortgages taken out in Ireland last year rose nearly 20 per cent to €8.7 billion, with first-time buyers representing the biggest segment(...)

Figures from the BPFI show an average mortgage of €218,430 was approved in November. Photograph: iStock

The volume of mortgage approvals fell in November compared to the previous month with first-time buyers and movers receiving fewer offers of credit fr(...)

Consumer advocate Brendan Burgess said the current system which protects distressed borrowers should be “more or less maintained to protect those who are paying what they can”. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish mortgage holders have to pay about €250 each month for the lifetime of their loans to pay for the costs of those who are not able, or refuse to (...)

The annualised volume of mortgage approvals reached 45,316 in the 12 months to the end of October

The number of mortgages approved in October rose substantially with the value also surged, new figures show. A total of 4,236 mortgage applications w(...)

Drawdown figures for the third quarter of 2018 show 10,873 mortgages worth €2.4 billion, or an average of €220,730, were drawn down during this period.

Almost 11,000 people drew down a mortgage worth an average of €220,730 in the three months to September new figures show, a sharp increase on the same(...)

The annualised volume of mortgage approvals reached 44,640 in the 12 months ending August 31st

The number of mortgages approved in August rose 5.7 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier. But approvals for first-time buyers declined, (...)

In Ireland, the number of credit institutions, which include non-banks, fell to 916 from 1,048 a year earlier, and compared to a high of 1,228 in 2009

The number of bank branches in Europe has fallen by 21 per cent over the past 10 years with Spanish institutions leading the way, having closed more t(...)

The ruling emerged after a legal battle between KBC Bank Ireland and a Drogheda couple who fell behind on a €285,647 mortgage on their three-bed house. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Insolvent homeowners will have a greater chance of being able to secure the write-off of unaffordable mortgage debts following an important High Court(...)

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