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Macroprudential Measures and Irish Mortgage Lending: An Overview of 2017

Christina Kinghan, Paul Lyons and Elena Mazza
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Christina Kinghan: Central Bank of Ireland
Paul Lyons: Central Bank of Ireland
Elena Mazza: Central Bank of Ireland

No 1/FS/18, Financial Stability Notes from Central Bank of Ireland

Abstract: This note provides an overview of residential mortgage lending in Ireland in 2017. It uses data reported to the Central Bank of Ireland as part of the macroprudential mortgage measures. In total, 35,472 loans are covered with a value of e7.4 billion. For first-time buyers (FTBs), the average loan-to-value (LTV) and loan-to-income (LTI) were 79.8 per cent and 3.0 times gross income respectively. Regarding the LTI limit, 18 per cent of the aggregate value of lending to both FTBs and second and subsequent buyers (SSBs) exceeded the limit of 3.5 in 2017. This corresponds to 25 per cent of the value of FTB lending and 10 per cent of the value of SSB lending. Regarding LTV, 17 per cent of the aggregate value of SSB lending in 2017 exceeded the 80 per cent LTV limit. On average, borrowers with an LTI allowance had larger loan sizes and loan terms, were more likely to be based in Dublin and be single compared to those borrowers without an LTI allowance. SSBs with an LTV allowance had larger loan sizes and incomes but lower property values and were younger than those without an LTV allowance.We observe that allowances were allocated to borrowers in all four quarters of 2017.

Date: 2018-04
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