BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report November 2020

Strong activity in mortgage approvals in November – BPFI

Approval values at highest level since the series began

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has today published the latest figures from the BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report for November 2020. The following are the key elements:

  • A total of 5,198 mortgages were approved in November 2020 – first-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 2,826 mortgages (54.4% of total volume) while mover purchasers accounted for 1,373 (26.4%).
  • The number of mortgages approved fell by 0.2% month-on-month and rose by 24.3% compared with the same period last year.
  • Mortgages approved in November 2020 were valued at €1,281 million – of which FTBs accounted for €692 million (54.1%) and mover purchasers for €388 million (30.3%).
  • The value of mortgage approvals rose by 2.2% month-on-month and by 33.3% year-on-year.

Speaking on the publication of the data, Brian Hayes, Chief Executive, BPFI stated: “Our latest mortgage approvals data shows continued strong activity in November with approval values at their highest since BPFI began collating this data in 2011, despite the fact that the country was in lockdown during this time. Interestingly November saw solid growth in mover purchase activity which was, in part, driven by a significant increase in the average mortgage approval – the average mover purchase approval exceeded €280,000 for the first time at €282,443. And even though mortgage approvals are down by 15% in volume terms and 9.9% in value terms in the year to date, the continued strong activity we have in November represents a robust pipeline for drawdown activity which we are likely to see coming through in the coming months.”

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.

Note: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) represents the banking, payments and fintech sector in Ireland.  Together with its affiliates, the Federation of International Banks in Ireland, and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland, BPFI has 100 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here.

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The BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report November 2020 is available for download below in PDF format.