Research claims first-time buyers not being squeezed out by big investors

Analysis of CSO figures shows owner-occupiers bought nearly half of homes that changed hands last year

Ardstone’s 2021 deals included apartments at Two Oaks in Knocklyon, Dublin 16

New research challenges the urban narrative that institutional investors are crowding first-time buyers out of the housing market.

Estate agent Hooke & MacDonald’s assessment of the CSO figures released last week for 2021 shows first-time buyer share of new house purchases rose to 33 per cent or 4,109 new homes.

Owner-occupier share stayed at 26 per cent or 3,115 new homes, while approved housing bodies, charities and local authorities amounted to 2,635 or 22 per ...