Mortgage approvals for first-time patrons reached their highest degree since 2011 in Might, in response to new figures from the Banking and Funds Federation Eire (BPFI).
In complete there have been 4,928 mortgages accepted final month, with an total worth of near €1.4 billion.
This represents a 26.4% improve on the variety of mortgages accepted a month earlier, whereas the worth of mortgage approvals has additionally risen by 25.1% month-on-month.
The BPFI stated house mortgage approvals for first-time patrons reached their highest ranges in additional than a decade as mortgages are nonetheless extra inexpensive than rents in some circumstances, even with greater rates of interest.
On a yearly foundation, the amount of total mortgage approvals declined by 4% whereas the worth of recent mortgages slumped by 8% amid a steep 72% decline in re-mortgaging and switching exercise over the earlier 12 months.
Bucking the development, some 3,170 mortgages had been accepted for first-time patrons in Might, up 20% on the identical month final yr and by 31.2% from April.
BPFI chief government Brian Hayes stated Might was the busiest ever for such mortgage approvals by way of each quantity and worth.
It meant “the annualised worth of FTB approvals surpassed €8 billion for the primary time for the reason that information collection started in 2011, at €8.06 billion”, Mr Hayes stated, representing a “sturdy pipeline for FTB drawdowns later within the yr”.
Mortgages accepted in Might had been valued at €1,396 million – of which FTBs accounted for €926 million (66.3%) and mover purchasers for €333 million (23.9%).