Mortgages - Ireland - March 2013
Although the Irish mortgage market has been hit hard by the events of recent years, there are signs that the market is beginning to show some more positive signs of activity – though nothing like the level reached during the economic boom years. This is due primarily to the growing sense that property prices have finally bottomed out. Nonetheless, lending criteria remain considerably tighter than in the pre-crisis years, while the tolerance for risk is low (and will almost certainly remain so for many years to come, at least). As a result, lending remains subdued and significant downside risks (such as high levels of unemployment and continued job losses) remain.
This report examines the mortgage market in NI and RoI. It assesses the macro and micro factors affecting the market, and also examines the key players in the market. Drawing on exclusive consumer data, it examines in detail the distribution models within the market, focusing specifically on how consumers arrange mortgages.
Some questions answered in this report include:
- Are there credible, appealing alternatives to taking out a mortgage?
- What type of mortgage is most popular?
- How are mortgages generally arranged?
- Have levels of mortgage ownership been affected by the downturn?
- What are Irish consumers’ general attitudes towards personal finance?
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