Visa stamps in Ireland and Mortgages

A visa is a paper document attached to a page of the holder’s passport, that serves as a form of pre-entry clearance which allows the holder to travel to the country that issued the visa. Most visas to Ireland are valid for 90 days, if you wish to stay for more than 90 days, you would have to apply to Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) for permission. You would need this permission if you are from a country outside of the EU and Switzerland. You will need this permission to work, study, live, join family or get a mortgage in Ireland as a citizen of a non-EU country.

There are about 12 visa stamps in Ireland which you can apply for, however, not all these stamps are eligible for a mortgage. Out of these 12 visa stamps, only 6 visa stamps are eligible for a mortgage.

– Stamp 1: This gives you the permission to work or operate a business in Ireland, subject to certain conditions. The conditions and privileges attached to Stamp 1 depend on various factors, including the individual’s …

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Thinking of moving home in 2024?

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

As many of us spend more time at home during the Festive season than we do throughout the year, we often look back and reflect on the past year and start thinking about potential changes we might make in 2024.

A lot of us will be thinking of moving home this year, maybe the family grew in 2023 and you are looking for more space, where as some people will be looking to downsize as their children move into a new home of their own. Maybe you are working remotely now and want to relocate to a different County? These are just some of the many reasons that you may wish to move home in 2024.

Many questions will be swirling around in your head, such as – How much can I borrow? What will my repayments look like? How can I save money? These are some of the many queries we are here to help you answer. Pick up the phone or drop me an email and …

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Switch and Save

Avant Money estimate that over €25bn of mortgages are on an interest rate higher than they need to pay.

With the cost of living at an all time high, could a 5 minute discussion with a broker save you money in the months and years ahead. It could be the best 5 minute chat you have ever had!

Switching your Mortgage from one provider to another is simple, your Broker will do the research for you and let you know if you will SAVE money.

Some lenders are offering a cashback incentive to help cover the costs with switching, this is a great benefit and something people should look out for. It’s not always right for everyone but certainly worth speaking about.

If you are looking for a financial health check, please drop me an email today or pick up the phone for a no obligation chat –  james.curd(at)mortgagebrokers.ie or 01 633 9248.

 

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Should I switch my Mortgage?

Should I switch my Mortgage? It’s a good question that many borrowers have been asking over the last year and a question that will become a lot more frequent as we head into 2024. Many people have secured themselves a great Mortgage rate over the past 5 years and will soon be looking at what their repayments will be after the ECB rate increases over the last 2 years.

 

Rates have been driven up by the lenders in response to the ECB rises and Mortgage holders will, unfortunately, see the impact of this when their current fixed period comes to an end, which is why it is well worth having a chat with a Broker to see if there is something better for you.

 

Some lenders have fantastic cashback products that can help with many things such as the Legal costs, or the increased monthly costs you are likely to incur. Some Lenders will have lower rates than you are currently paying, why would you pay more at your current lender?

 

In summary, the answer to my …

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Repayment Capacity

One of the most important elements of applying for a mortgage is repayment capacity. The lenders will want reassurance that you can pay the monthly mortgage amount that you would be due to pay.

You can demonstrate repayment capacity in many ways, the main three would be, savings, rent or your current mortgage.

As an example, if you mortgage repayments are going to be 1500 per month, the lenders will want to see you paying this amount for at least 6 months prior to an application. One common mistake we have seen recently is clients who are saving 1500 at the start of a month and gradually withdrawing it as the month progresses. If you save 1500 in at the start of the month and finish the month with an increase of 500 in savings, you have only saved 500 euros that calendar month.

We can offer our tips and explain the best way to monitor this at any stage, please feel free to contact me at james.curd(at)yes.ie

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No Deposit? No Worries!

In an inflated economy, saving up for a deposit can seem like the most difficult part of buying a home especially when most of your net income is going into paying rent and your monthly bills. While having a large deposit gives you the best chance of getting a good mortgage deal with a low interest rate and a bigger house, there are options available for people with lower deposits and government help to get you on the housing ladder.

The average first-time buyer puts down a 10% deposit on their first home, which could mean finding a daunting €30,000 (on a €300,000 property) or more. However, there are also a few government schemes to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. These include the Help to Buy & First home Shared equity scheme.

Although the Help to buy scheme only applies to new build properties, with the purchase price of less than €500,000 and has a maximum amount of €30,000 that you can claim (please see more information about the scheme on the Citizens information website or …

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First Time Buyers

First Time Buyers guide

 

As a First Time Buyer, the idea of purchasing a new home can be a daunting prospect and you will be asking yourself numerous questions. How much can I (we) borrow? How much of a deposit will I need? Where should my deposit come from?

These are some of the questions we are here to answer, our goal is to give you the knowledge and peace of mind that you have a Broker who will guide you through the process and keep you informed every step of the way, right up until you have your keys.

As a First Time Buyer, lenders will Mortgage up to 90% of the property value and allow you to borrow up to 4x your income. For example if you were to purchase a property for 300k you could borrow up to 270k from a lender. You would then need an income of 67,500 per annum to qualify for this amount, if you are applying as joint applicants this is a salary of 33,750 per annum each, however the split does …

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Securing Your Dream Home: The Deposit Requirement

When embarking on the journey of homeownership, one crucial aspect that often comes into focus is the deposit. In Ireland, the question arises: Does a customer always need to have a 10% deposit? In this article, we delve into this important question, shedding light on the deposit requirements for prospective homebuyers in various scenarios. Understanding these requirements is essential for individuals looking to enter the property market with confidence and clarity.

The Importance of the Deposit

Before addressing the specific deposit requirements, let’s recognize the significance of this initial investment. The deposit plays a vital role in securing a mortgage and demonstrates the buyer’s commitment and financial capability to lenders. It also affects the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, which determines the percentage of the property’s value that can be financed through a mortgage.

Deposit Requirements for First-time Buyers

For first-time buyers in Ireland, the answer to the question is straightforward: Yes, a customer must have a 10% deposit. This means that potential homeowners need to have saved at least 10% of the property’s purchase price before applying for a mortgage. Once …

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Mortgage Myths Busted

Mortgages for anyone can be confusing, especially for young people or first time home-buyers. There are several common misconceptions or myths when talking about mortgages. Here we will set the record straight and bust those mortgage myths. 

It is NOT true that you have to be an existing member of a bank to get approved for a mortgage. Mortgage applications are assessed on a case to case basis. Being established at a bank already does not affect the outcome or make you more or less likely to get approved. Existing members also do NOT get better agreements. 

Having evidence of gambling will NOT exclude you from being able to get you a mortgage. Having several transactions to online gambling websites may raise some concerns to lenders but occasional transactions will not strike your eligibility and will not be held against you. 

It is NOT impossible to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed. Many people think if you’re self employed it is challenging to get a mortgage and a home. Being self-employed does not exclude you from being approved from getting …

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Beating the Rising Cost of Living: Strategies to Navigate Inflation and Protect Your Finances

The cost of living has been on the rise, affecting consumers worldwide, including Ireland. Factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, and supply chain disruptions have contributed to the inflationary pressure, resulting in higher prices for essential and non-essential goods and services. In this article, we will explore the impact of inflation on personal finances and provide practical tips to help you manage the increased cost of living.

Understanding Inflation 

Inflation is the term used to describe the rise in prices over time, which diminishes the value of money. This means that you can purchase fewer goods and services for the same amount of money than before. With inflation reaching 9.5% in Ireland as of October 2022, it is crucial to be aware of its implications on your finances.

Strategies to Manage the Increased Cost of Living

Make a budget: Creating a monthly budget allows you to track your expenses and identify areas where you can reduce costs. The 50/30/20 rule is a helpful budgeting guideline that suggests allocating 50% of your income to essential items, 30% to wants, and …

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