RTE 1M lending in Ireland fell to the lowest level since July 2008, with short-term loans up to the fourth-lowest level in the EU.
The National Bank of Ireland said lending for the first time in five months fell below the pre-crisis average of 0.7 per cent.
RTE said lending to home buyers rose in the third quarter to 1.7 million, while house prices fell by 0.4 per cent in the month to September.
The NBR said the decline in lending to buyers, which has continued over the last two months, was a consequence of weaker house price growth and the impact of the euro zone debt crisis.
The bank also said the pace of new lending in the UK and Ireland was also weaker than the EU average.
“There are signs of a sharp contraction in lending activity in Ireland and a slowdown in lending in England and Wales, both of which are also experiencing weakness in their housing markets,” RTE economist Andrew Faulds said.
A recent survey of local investors by the Bank of England suggested that the ECB’s tightening policy in December was working, with the number of home buyers increasing by 6 per cent and house prices rising by 1 per cent over the year to September, the survey showed. “
But the impact is limited by the impact on house prices, and the NBR expects these trends to slow further as the ECB starts to tighten its monetary policy.”
A recent survey of local investors by the Bank of England suggested that the ECB’s tightening policy in December was working, with the number of home buyers increasing by 6 per cent and house prices rising by 1 per cent over the year to September, the survey showed.
The survey also found that more people are investing overseas, and that there is an improving outlook for inflation.
The British and Irish economies are also slowing down.
The number of British households holding a deposit fell to their lowest level in four years in September, down from 5.5 million in August.
The Bank of Scotland’s data showed that the number holding a home loan fell by 1.5 per cent to 7.5m in September.
It also said that the UK’s home lending to investors fell by 5 per cent, the first decline since June.
The average annual rate of interest on home loans in the eurozone rose to 2.2 per cent this month, the highest since June 2016.
The ECB announced last month that it would start extending its bond-buying programme to boost growth in its eurozone area, the ECB said.
It has since expanded the programme by buying government bonds to help stimulate the eurozone economy.
The eurozone economy expanded by 0 of the 5.6 per cent it had expected in the second quarter.