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Finance Minister visits Progressive House

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Progressive updates Finance Minister on new mortgage applications

Progressive Building Society today updated Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA on its new mortgage applications in 2014 which has seen an 80% increase compared with the same period last year.

In a briefing with Progressive’s Board, the Minister was given an overview of its financial performance, current demand in the marketplace and planned investments in this its centenary year.


Pic2 Finance Minister Simon Hamilton met with Progressive Building Society where he was briefed on new mortgage applications which have risen by 80% in 2014.  Progressive which is in its centenary year, is Northern Ireland’s largest locally owned building society with assets in excess of £1.6bn and 100,000 members.  Pictured are Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA and Darina Armstrong, Chief Executive of Progressive Building Society

Progressive which is Northern Ireland’s largest locally owned building society with assets in excess of £1.6bn and 100,000 members, last year announced that it was planning to merge with City of Derry Building Society.  The mutual based organisation has also been rated as Northern Ireland’s most ethical financial institution and second in the UK, in a survey by the bank based website ‘Move Your Money’ which compared over 70 UK and global banking providers.

Commenting on his visit to Progressive Building Society and the positive signs within the marketplace, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said, This increase in mortgage applications reflects the increased activity we are seeing right across the market. Recent figures released by my Department, in the Residential Property Price Index, show confidence is returning, with the number of residential property sales at levels not seen for six years.  Over 4,800 residential properties were sold during the fourth quarter of 2013, demonstrating buyers’ growing confidence in the housing market.

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