patrick honohan

How criticism is meant to sound

In Ireland we are often publicly coy about saying what we mean, in particular as a person departs or dies the tendency is to wax lyrical when during their time or tenure the opinion a person held wasn’t in line with the following statements.

In our firm we tell it like it is, we say exactly what we mean, no matter what, that is why when you look at the critiques in this article by Colm Kelpie about the departure of Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan you see that we stick to our guns.

There is nothing fluffy in this…

Karl Deeter, Irish Mortgage Brokers: “Whatever people say about his performance as a governor, on the consumer protection side he oversaw some of the worst regulation in the modern western world, particularly the ban on repossessions, the unworkable code of conduct on mortgage arrears, and the fact that Ireland has a persistent arrears problem unlike any other developed country in the world. They show an unwillingness to deal with some of …

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The rich will prosper when the rules make sure they do.

We have been critics of the Central Bank mortgage lending caps, believing instead that a rule similar to section 149 of the Consumer Credit Act could be used on underwriting to ensure that banks can’t find any way to loosen standards rather than employing ‘hard caps’.

What’s more, it has kept many people out, caused a chaotic 4th quarter and ensures that well off people are unaffected while those most harmed are the less well off. Our submission to CP87 was ignored in its entirety but that doesn’t matter because the results speak for themselves.

Mortgage lending is still mainly going to first time buyers, 57% of draw-downs were to first time buyers, but then look at the income multiple and you see that this is nearly five times average earnings.

What does that mean? For a start, that people on high wages with high savings were doing a lot of the lending, of course that’s fine because it was always a case that they had access to credit.

The issue is more …

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Irish Times

Irish Times mention Irish Mortgage Brokers in article about renting

We were quoted in a this piece by Aoife Valentine of the Irish Times which was an interesting article about the situation renters face.

When discussing the rising age of first time buyers she quoted us as we mentioned that “this is something that’s become very obvious to mortgage broker Karl Deeter.

“When I started working in lending in around 2003, people in their 20s were borrowing. Nowadays, your typical applicant is no longer 24 to35, they’re 30 to 40,” he says.

New mortgage lending rules issued by the Central Bank in January say that first-time buyers may borrow only 3-and-a-half times their gross annual income, and they must save a 10 per cent deposit on the first €220,000 of the value of the property and a 20 per cent deposit on any higher value.

Deeter believes these rules are now having an effect on who gets on the property ladder.

“What the deposit rules have done is keep people in the rental sector when they otherwise would have been …

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Newstalk: Pat Kenny & Karl Deeter discuss ‘rent certainty’ and construction

Pat Kenny had Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers on his show to discuss ‘rent certainty’ and some aspects of construction as well as why they are both concerns for the Irish housing market.

The issues are important for both sides, prices affect different sides of a contract differently and large swings can be damaging to one or the other of them. The answer in Karl’s view is longer leases which requires no legal changes, but this is not being discussed.


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Pre-emptive insolvency, the time is now.

A headline today caught our attention, it was about an injunction to have an insolvency solution honoured.

Personal insolvency is a legislation backed process (unlike informal debt deals) and for this reason you can’t unilaterally decide, as a creditor, to opt out of one that is already in existence.

What is interesting at this point in time is that many of the applications we track in the courts when gathering possession statistics are about applications for change of name of the plaintiff. This occurs when loan books are being sold and the proceedings are being altered to reflect the new owner.

There is considerable confusion even within the courts because of this and it may be a case that a person could use this as an opportunity to seek personal insolvency because in the midst of this there is a lower level of likelihood that loan buyers will engage in the process.

Failing to do this means they lose …

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Newstalk Sunday Show: A discussion on the ‘Tsunami of repossessions’ that hasn’t arrived

On Newstalk’s ‘The Sunday Show’ Shane Coleman spoke to Karl Deeter (of Irish Mortgage Brokers) and David Hall of the IMHO.

It was to cover the topic of repossessions and some research that had  been carried out by Karl Deeter and several others (Seamus Coffey, Economics lecturer in UCC, Brendan Burgess of and Simon Farrell, researcher) about what occurs in courts during possession hearings.

The debate was robust and lively.

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Drivetime RTE: Karl Deeter on pan-European Mortgages

In this piece on RTE’s flagship evening show ‘Drivetime’ Karl spoke about how mortgages being ‘cross boarder’ may not result in better prices for Irish consumers any time soon.

Obviously it would be great for the broker industry who are the natural distributors of such products, but there are many other factors at play including the largely under utilized Insurance Mediation Directive.

The piece finishes with some thoughts on rent control (or ‘certainty’) which are being suggested by Alan Kelly.

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‘Rent certainty’, it’s false promises based on false premises…

The Labour party aren’t fooling anybody with their calls for ‘Rent Certainty’ to be linked to the consumer price index (CPI), unless the nation is populated by financially illiterate people which I don’t believe to be the case. That is why it is correct of Fine Gael to resist measures which have already proven to be ineffective countless times in Europe and elsewhere.

We can take the sabre rattling of foreign investors saying they won’t buy here if we price fix as a given, and we can discount much of the clamour from the usual vested interests in property and instead focus on the economic facts (and fallacies) as they stand.

Firstly, why is it such a con-job? The main reason is that housing is only one aspect of what creates the ‘consumer price index’ and therefore it’s like basing the price of oil on the same thing, you can’t imply the cost of a specific item on the cost of a basket of consumables which are not related.

Correction, you can do whatever you like, it just doesn’t make …

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2015 Mail on Sunday, myth of repossessions

Mail on Sunday highlight some of our research from the courts

Bill Tyson was writing in the Mail on Sunday and highlighted some of the research we have helped to carry out on the courts around Ireland when it comes to documenting repossessions.

We were pleased to see this get coverage that wasn’t driven by emotive bylines and rather considered the facts as presented.

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Podcast: How to get cheap insurance with Darragh Farrell, episode 00003

In this podcast we briefly looked at how to get cheap insurance. The amount of people who overpay for insurance is high in our opinion, and while it’s great that some folks seem to want to do all they can to make insurance companies profitable, we don’t agree with that so we spoke about ways to chop your bill down while keeping the same cover.

Darragh Farrell has been with us for almost a decade and has been a financial advisor for far longer, he holds his QFA and is also the person who heads up our sister site which is purely about financial services.

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