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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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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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Mortgage switching 2022

Last year of the people approved for a mortgage about half of those are first-time buyers. The slowing in the numbers approved for a home, comes as some lenders have already said they increasing their rates. (AIB, Bank of  Ireland, EBS, Haven and Permanent TSB). Around 775 homeowners need mortgages or are switching to another lender at any given time

If you want to buy a house, you have to pay the owner for the house and have to pay your bank for lending the money. Still more than 200,000 households repaying their mortgage on standard rates.

Homeowners should now consider their rates. But there is a risk for those on fixed rates. If they roll out of fixed-term contract in one or two years, the rates could be higher. The prospect of higher mortgage costs is prompting to switch from variable or short-term fixed rates in a bid to the expected increase.

If you decide to switch mortgage, you need a solicitor to take care of the processing, paperwork and liaising. The cost and workload is about half of …

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Irish Mortgage Brokers featured in the Irish Times

We were mentioned in the Irish Times in a piece by Cliff Taylor about the increase in the number of people seeking to refinance their home.

Rather than a fear of higher interest rates, Karl Deeter, of Irish Mortgage Brokers, believes it is primarily driven by people facing tightening (link to article here)

The crux of the point being made is that as inflation is affecting people and rates look set to rise that it is naturally driving people to consider ways to get better prices on one of their biggest outgoings and to get some assurance on what the price levels of their outgoings will be.

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Low rate mortgage Ireland

Ireland is a country with the second-highest mortgage rates. Despite a slight dropping in 2021 the rates borrowers still overpay more than the eurozone average which is 1.27 percent. In 2021 the mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest in four years yet they are still more than double the average eurozone.

In August 2021 the fixed-rate mortgages were weighted to be 2.62 percent, down 4 basis points. The interest rate stood at 3.31 percent in August 2021, down 15 basis points year on year. So in Ireland, an average borrower is paying 180 euros a month more than in other European countries.

The reason behind it is that mortgage lending in Ireland is considered risky and banks struggle to enforce security if loans go into arrears so they must hold around three times the level of capital to safeguard against potential loan losses. The Central Bank statistics show that only in Greece the rates are higher.

This was a guest post by Agáta Hánová who interned with us in December 2021.

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Avant Money turned 1 year old, and in that time they changed everything.

Avant Money is part of the Bankinter group and they have been in the market for just one year and in that time they have been transformational in terms of what they have achieved in the current landscape.

To begin with they came in and offered the lowest rates we have ever had since the days of tracker mortgages, their fixed rates were also available for longer durations at these low rates than the other leading rates of the day. After that they brought out a suite of fixed rates which were also at the forefront of the market.

As a lender who distributes exclusively through brokers this is wonderful in our view as it drives people towards independent financial advice and greater selection. We can’t wait to see what Avant Money has coming down the line in year two!

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Smart Home Technology Pros and Cons

 

With each passing day, technology is advancing and adopting smart home technology is becoming a necessity in Ireland. In the past, a smart home was considered a luxury but today, it has grown to be an essential part of life. In this article, we are going to look at the pros and cons of smart home technology.

Pros

Convenience

The first advantage of smart home technology is convenience. Essentially, all systems within the home can be integrated, automated and customized to your needs. A smart home technology can enable you to interact with various electronic systems or gadgets. Whether you need to turn up the thermostat in the evening before you arrive home or monitoring security, smart home technology has got you covered.

Efficiency

The second advantage is efficiency. With a mobile app or a touch of a button, you are able to control various systems or gadgets in your house. With the help of a smart home technology, you are able to efficiently operate your home’s temperature, lighting, or other appliances with a single click from …

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4 Important Renovations to Increase the Value of your Home

 

If you are thinking about renovating your house, you need to begin by asking yourself if the project will add value to the property or not. There are many different quick and easy renovations which may change your home into an attractive, modern, and functional space. Even better, when you later sell the property, the return on investment will be really high. These are 4 renovations that will make your home more functional and modern. 

Bathroom renovations

Without a doubt, the your bathroom is one of the most important spaces in the home. When the bathroom is new, it can give off a good feeling of cleanliness. When you begin the process of renovating the home, ensure that the design is clean and that it has modern lines. Additionally, be sure to have grey and white colors at the center stage. Apart from a spacious shower, remember to paint the tiles, improve lighting, and install new fixtures. 

Kitchen remodeling

Kitchen renovation is one that adds the most value to your home since it transforms the space to a more …

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Backyard Renovation That Will Add Value to Home

 

When homeowners think of renovating their homes, one of the areas that take the most time and money is inside the house. Although indoors is vital, including backyard renovation on their to-do list will significantly increase the home’s value. A pleasant garden usually means using the outdoor areas to expand the living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms for many homebuyers. In recent years, research shows that homeowners are investing more in renovating their homes to increase their home value, and the backyard is one of them because it not only increases the value but also helps homeowners recoup some of the costs used in renovating the house when they plan to sell the house. Here are some backyard renovations that can help to add value to the home: –

Outdoor Kitchen. This feature can make your home more desirable and increase in value. Moreover, the exterior kitchen makes entertaining a breeze and creates a luxury that many people dream of having. It also provides an exciting atmosphere that will improve your experience in the open air. Outdoor Seating Area. …

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