Some 14 months on from the introduction of the oft-discussed and much-maligned mortgage lending rules, they certainly seem to be having an impact.
Mortgage approvals have slumped 15 per cent in the three months to the end of February, compared with the same period a year earlier. However, industry players say this is not down to the rules alone. Approvals rocketed ahead of their introduction, so looking year-on-year may not be a fair comparison.
MORTGAGE brokers MyMortgages.ie have said that despite the Central Banks recent efforts to highlight the benefits of mortgage switching to consumers, the majority holders remain unaware of the potential savings that exist and of their eligibility to switch lenders.