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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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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Unlocking Financial Freedom: Paying Off Equity Shares

In the realm of homeownership, equity shares have emerged as an innovative solution for individuals aspiring to step onto the property ladder. While equity shares provide a valuable opportunity to own a portion of a property, questions often arise regarding the flexibility of payments and the ability to pay off equity in lump sums. In this article, we will explore the intriguing possibility of making lump sum payments towards equity shares in Ireland and shed light on the specific guidelines governing this process.

Understanding Equity Shares 

Before delving into the intricacies of lump sum payments, let’s first grasp the concept of equity shares in Ireland. Equity shares, also known as shared ownership or shared equity, allow individuals to purchase a percentage of a property while the remaining portion is owned by a housing association or the government’s affordable housing scheme. This arrangement enables prospective homeowners to access the property market with a more affordable initial investment.

The Power of Lump Sum Payments

Now, let’s address the pressing question: Can a customer pay lump sums off their equity share in Ireland? …

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Understanding the Impact: How Interest Rate Hikes Affect Irish Mortgages

In this blog, we journey through the intricate world of interest rates and their profound influence on our mortgages. With recent rumblings of potential interest rate hikes, it’s essential to understand how these changes can impact our financial lives. We’ll explore the key aspects of interest rate hikes, their implications for Irish mortgages, and provide real-life examples to help you grasp their significance. So, let’s dive in and gain a deeper understanding of this critical subject.

 

The Basics: Interest Rates and Mortgages

Before we delve into the impact of interest rate hikes, let’s refresh our understanding of the fundamentals. Interest rates are the cost of borrowing money, and they directly affect the amount you pay on your mortgage. When interest rates rise, the cost of borrowing increases, leading to adjustments in mortgage payments. Conversely, when rates decrease, mortgage payments may become more affordable.

The Ripple Effect: Monthly Mortgage Payments

Interest rate hikes have a direct impact on your monthly mortgage payments. As rates rise, your mortgage interest charges also increase, resulting in higher monthly payments. For example, let’s consider …

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What does “Get Rich Quick” even mean?

It is not uncommon that you probably have stumbled upon these ads where people claiming, “Want to know how I got rich quick? Watch my video for more!”. They show off their riches while standing in front of large mansions and Lamborghinis and if you continue to listen, they most likely tell you an inspirational story about how they came from rags to riches. We know this cannot be real, but we all have a small voice in our head saying, “Is it actually possible?”. Are they actually teaching us useful financial advice that could put us in jeopardy or are they just a regular old conman?

We may typically think of a conman to be the same thing as a thief or a liar but a true conman does not force us to do anything. They do not forcefully steal our possessions away from us, rather they trick us into giving up our own things. They are manipulators and we are obsessed with them. We see them in movies and comics but fail to see them in our day …

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Equity release for people over 60

There is a growing need for equity release for people who have properties with a lot of equity but who also don’t have money or an income to sustain them. This is often the twin forces of property prices that have risen so strongly in the last 30 years coupled with greater financial needs or low pension provision.

In this video some of the details are described and mentioned by David Brady of Spry Finance.

Spry Finance Q&A from Seniors Money on Vimeo.

Some points worth noting are that at times you may borrow money and make no repayments and this creates a reverse amortization or ‘growing loan’ effect. That said,  you can also pay the interest and in that case the loan doesn’t grow.

Equity release loans are underwritten on the borrowers age and the value of the property, because there isn’t an expectation of repayment you don’t have to qualify for the loan based on earnings the way you would with a regular mortgage.

To find out more you can make an enquiry …

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Talking property and mortgages on the radio

We were glad to chat with Wendy Grace on Spirit Radio about mortgage switching and the time it takes to get it done.

Our view is that the biggest enemy to most people isn’t rates or delays, it’s inertia, so getting on top of your finances is key.

Talk to a broker today! Don’t walk by massive savings, there are still great deals to be had.

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How Open Banking and API change the way you bank

The United Kingdom introduced open banking legislation in 2018 to support and improve the loan system. Prior to this legislation, the loan application and paper processing took a long time to check and complete. As a result, the mortgage lenders made a lot of money thru open banking because it makes working with loans easier and lowers administrative costs, they also do not have to select data points manually. It also encourages the transition from traditional banking to online banking. But what exactly is “open banking?” It means that banks are permitted to disclose information about a customer’s financial data to third parties.

However, not all businesses agree that automating work processes is a good idea. Nine out of ten knowledge workers who analyze this believe that automatic work has enhanced employees’ work lives. The standardization process helps you minimize errors, save time, which in turn allows you to reduce costs and increase productivity and efficiency.

Our world is becoming more fast-paced and more technological so you must keep up with the progress. A lot of companies use big data …

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Lockdowns cause surge on home improvement spending in Ireland

The coronavirus pandemic created many unforseen circumstances in people’s daily lives. Perhaps the biggest among these was the effects of the lockdown. People had to stay in their homes for much longer than they normally would, and many people were stuck working at home. It is no surprise, then, that a record number of home improvement projects have been carried out over the last year and a half.

Research by Aviva Insurance Ireland shows that 1.5 million homeowners have carried out work on their homes over the past year, with the total cost of these projects coming in at more than €11 billion. In addition to these numbers, another 861,000 people have plans to undertake home improvement projects, the survey says. The survey captured almost every type of home improvement imaginable, from minor fixes like painting a room or replacing windows, to large projects like building extensions onto homes or adding a home office, the latter of which was definitely popular as the country and the world transitioned to a remote work environment.

Aviva Insurance added that this surge in …

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Commercial Real Estate Investment

 

Introduction

Any property can be a good investment. In this sense, commercial real estate is a property used solely to conduct business or generate income through renting or selling. This diverse group of properties includes a single store, warehouse, offices, shopping malls, hotels, apartments, vacant land, and warehouses.

Given the current population and economic growth trends in Ireland, many people are interested in buying and investing in commercial property. Moreover, emerging market cities are becoming increasingly concentrated among Ireland’s largest urban agglomerations, resulting in increased demand for commercial real estate.

 One thing to note is that before anyone decides to invest in the commercial market, it is vital to have a detailed understanding of the industry and all of its components. Moreover, the need for well-informed investment decisions is critical. When calculating appropriate returns and risks associated with a target asset and evaluating the potential contribution to property pricing of new market trends, commercial properties are the best way to invest.

Reasons to choose commercial real estate as a way of investing

Commercial real estate provides a plethora of …

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