Wednesday 16 January 2019

Mortgage lending on track to grow 20pc in 2018

A total of 9,339 new mortgages to the value of €2bn were drawn down by borrowers during the second quarter of 2018
A total of 9,339 new mortgages to the value of €2bn were drawn down by borrowers during the second quarter of 2018
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Strong remortgaging and first-time buyer activity suggests that gross mortgage lending is on track to grow 20pc in 2018, according to Dermot O’Leary, chief economist at Goodbody.

Commenting on the latest quarterly mortgage figures from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), Mr O’Leary said that the growth in remortgaging was the “standout feature” in a solid three months for mortgage lending growth.

"Growth in this sector is a function of growing competition in the mortgage market and rising levels of equity due to the rise in house prices," he said.

"It is likely to remain an important feature in the coming quarters and keep an ongoing focus on mortgage rates in Ireland."

During the three months to 30 June there were 1,304 re-mortgage loans to the value of €298m, reflecting year-on-year growth of 95.5pc in volume and 93.5pc in value.

Overall, and a total of 9,339 new mortgages to the value of €2bn were drawn down by borrowers during the second quarter of 2018, according to the BPFI. This represents a 17pc increase in volume and a 22pc increase in value of mortgages on the same three month period in 2017.

First-time buyers remain the single largest segment by volume (48.69pc) and by value (48.8pc). 

Mortgage activity on new property grew significantly faster than activity on secondhand property, according to the BPFI, with the number of mortgages on new properties rising by 29.5pc year-on-year to 2,296, while the number on secondhand properties rose by only 1.9pc to 5,085.

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