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Sunday Times: Relief cuts cost the cautious

FIRST-TIME house buyers risk losing up to €26,100 in mortgage interest tax relief if they put off purchasing until next year. Karl Deeter, of Irish Mortgage Brokers, said: “Couples would have to earn an extra €50,000 before tax to make up for the interest relief they’d lose by not buying in 2011. They’re better off buying now, even though houses prices are likely to be lower in 2012.”