BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report February 2021

Solid growth in February mortgage approvals – BPFI

Strong growth in switching – volumes up 15.1% year on year

25th March 2021 – Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has today published the latest figures from the BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report for February 2021. The following are the key elements:

  • A total of 3,651 mortgages were approved in February 2021 – first-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 1,969 mortgages (53.9% of total volume) while mover purchasers accounted for 903 (24.7%).
  • The number of mortgages approved rose by 8.8% month-on-month and by 3.9% compared with the same period last year.
  • Mortgages approved in February 2021 were valued at €902 million – of which FTBs accounted for €493 million (54.7%) and mover purchasers for €255 million (28.3%).
  • The value of mortgage approvals rose by 9.6% month-on-month and by 9.4% year-on-year.

Speaking on the publication of the data, Brian Hayes, Chief Executive, BPFI stated: “Our latest approvals figures show another month of solid albeit slower growth, especially for first-time buyers who now account for over half of all approvals both in volume and value terms. This growth is taking place against a backdrop of continued level 5 restrictions throughout February which underlines lenders’ continued support for the mortgage market particularly when we consider that February 2020 was a relatively normal month preceding any COVID restrictions.”

“It is interesting to note that re-mortgage/switching was the fastest growing segment in February, with volumes up 15.1% year on year to more than 500. Lenders are supporting large numbers of customers who want to switch. In the past three years, lenders have approved almost 17,900 re-mortgages valued at €4.2 billion.”

Data Series

All mortgage approvals data from January 2011 onwards is available in Microsoft Excel format (*.xls) in the BPFI Mortgage Approvals report data series. The BPFI Mortgage Approvals report data series since January 2011 is available to download here.

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The BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report Feb 21 is available for download below in PDF format.