Some quick Tips about Irish Mortgages and getting a Mortgage in Ireland.

If you have never bought a house then all the talk you will hear about mortgages might be fairly confusing and even frightening. Back in the olden days when I had a personality (the mortgage industry eventually strips you of that) I was training up as a mortgage advisor and even though it was all I did the whole day through every day of the week it took me a long time to become a Professional Broker, that and examinations such as the Mortgage Diploma. So I can only imagine how it must feel for people who are looking for a mortgage and looking to get straight talking advice. Who do you trust? How can you be sure that you are not being ill advised or ripped off?

In this post I will give you a few quick ‘checks’ you can do to ensure you are dealing with a professional broker. Firstly, you can ask the broker if they are regulated by the Financial Regulator and if you are the suspicious type you can ask to see their certificate of …

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What is a mortgage broker? Why use a mortgage broker?

Today’s blog entry will be shorter than usual, because I have to leave soon to go to the annual MoneyMate awards for 2008, Irish Mortgage Brokers has been shortlisted for Mortgage Broker of the Year. The awards are kind of like the Oscars of the Irish finance world, it’s a time when all of the incredibly dull folks (like me) get to let our hair down and talk about things like APR and not have to be ashamed. Just kidding, it’s actually a savage craic shin-dig. We were shortlisted last year as well, and in fact I’m hoping that we can stop being the bridesmaid and become the bride this time around!

We have gotten a few queries lately from people asking about mortgage brokers and what we actually do, because I work in this industry for a living I was under the assumption (now proved to be false) that people knew what we do. I went out onto Lombard Street and asked a few folks, …

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