Surge in approvals for home loans – but few are likely to buy
There has been a surge in the number of people getting approval for a mortgage, but many of these people being approved for a home loan are competing hard with each other for the few houses that are available and are unlikely to end up drawing down the mortgage, experts have said.
In August, close to 3,000 people received mortgage approval to buy a home – a rise of 37pc on the same month last year. However, the number of homes listed for sale on MyHome.ie was close to a historic low – at 23,500 in June this year. Put simply, the lack of housing construction means that greater numbers of potential buyers are focusing on a smaller pool of homes listed for sale.