Makhlouf resists pressure to relax mortgage lending rules for first-time buyers
Nobody wants a repeat of the €64 billion bank bailout, but tough rules mean tough consequences
As he prepares to release the Central Bank’s annual review of mortgage lending rules, Gabriel Makhlouf, the regulator’s new governor, knows that he is under political pressure to help first-time buyers.
The pressure began last summer, when Leo Varadkar told the MacGill summer school that he hoped the bank would consider changing the rules which limit people to borrowing a maximum of 3.5 times their salary.
The rules also require first-time buyers...
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