House hunting: Open app, scroll and hope –

Katie Harrington’s daily house hunting routine will be familiar to thousands of others in the same boat around the country.

Open the property search app of choice, scroll and hope.

The 33-year-old is self-employed and has been saving for a deposit to buy a property for years. She has now got enough to be in a position to secure a mortgage, but there is no end in sight for her search.

“I’ve got the deposit now, which I thought was going to be the most difficult part… the next step is getting the mortgage approval, which is difficult but probably possible.

“Then you get to the next obstacle, which is there are no houses there to buy.”

Ms Harrington is frustrated at the focus on new builds for first-time buyers and the impact investors are having on the supply of second-hand properties.

“One of the things I’d like to see

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