Wales' biggest buildng society, the Principality, says last year saw new loans totalling over £1bn.
It's reporting a pre-tax profit of just over £25m.
It says that first-time buyers are key to stimulating the housing market and supporting the economy. The society claims lending to this group has increased by a third and hopes it's new 95% mortgage for the group will help boost the housing market.
Graeme Yorston is the Group Chief Executive for Principality:
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