Mortgage rates are constantly under review and even though we might be expecting an ECB rate cut this week to 0.5% (which will be a historic low) it is highly likely that rates will sit still or even rise. The conundrum for consumers is about the rate choice, banks have just upped rates prior to any rate cut and by doing this then not passing on a rate cut they actually increase their margin significantly.
The best mortgage rates at present are below:
<50% LTV: AIB 3.34%
>80% LTV: AIB 3.79%
1yr fixed: AIB 4.15%
2yr fixed: BOI 4.49%
5yr fixed: PTsb 3.7%*
*The PTsb 5 year fixed rate is a good example of a pricing discrepancy that is related to the PTsb loan book, this rate is excellent, lower than the standard AIB variable and fixed for 5 years! The reason for this is that by lending on this type of property PTsb will increase their assets (to fix the loan to deposit ratio that is too high) quicker and in return they will give up some margin.
If you are taking any loan that is less than 50% LTV this is a natural choice of product.