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Mortgage Approvals – February 2017

28th March 2017

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has published the latest figures from the BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report for the three months ending February 2017.*

The following are the key elements:

  • A total of 2,840 mortgages were approved per month, on average, in the three months ending February 2017 – some 1,405 (49.5% of total volume) were for first-time buyers (FTBs) while mover purchasers accounted for 878 (30.9%).
  • The number of mortgages approved rose by 42.3% year-on-year and fell  by 7.0% month-on-month.
  • The value of mortgages approved per month, on average, in the three months ending February 2017 was €585 million – of which €285 million (48.7%) was accounted for by FTBs and €214 million (36.6%) by mover purchasers.
  • The value of mortgage approvals rose by 54.4% year-on-year and fell by 6.8% month-on-month.

Re-mortgage or switching approvals grew on a year-on-year basis with activity accounting for 8.5% of the value and 7.9% of the volume of mortgages.

Notably the Report states that mortgage approvals increased significantly year-on-year in the first two months of 2017 but this partly reflects base effects caused by some changes to lender processes in early 2016.  Looking at a longer timeframe the trend shows steady growth in approvals activity.

Data collection for the BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report began in September 2012 covering the period from January 2011 onwards in respect of the market’s main mortgage lenders. The BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report February 2017  as well as the time series data file is available on the BPFI website here.

[*] All figures are based on the three-month moving average.  Year-on-year compares the average for the three months ending February 2017 with the three months ending February 2016.  Month-on-month compares the average for the three months ending  February 2017 with the three months ending January 2017.

Note: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland is the voice of banking and payments in Ireland, representing over 70 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here.

Contact: Jillian Heffernan, Head of Communications, 087 9016880

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