Safety Nets for Consumers in Mortgage Arrears

According to The Central Bank of Ireland, at the end of June 2019, there were 723,280 private residential (PDH) mortgage accounts for principal dwellings held. Of this, 61,901 accounts still had outstanding payments, also referred to as being in arrears. as of June, there were a total of 61,901 total accounts in arrears. Within that, over 18,000 were within 90 days overdue, almost 5,000 were up to 180 days overdue and a staggering 27,792 accounts were over 720 days overdue. However, at the end of the quarter only 1,407 homes were repossessed. So what protections do homeowners have when they are in arrears? In Ireland there are many codes and acts that are specifically designed to protect the family home from repossession.

The main code that deals with family homes, is the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears (CCMA) which was put into place in 2013. The code is issued by the Central bank and relates to customers in arrears and pre-arrears situation. It does not however deal with investment properties. This code requires mortgage lenders to apply the Mortgage …

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Actual repossessions versus perceived repossessions

If you were to read the headlines and not delve into the figures you’d be forgiven for thinking banks are either taking back houses wholesale or are about to. There will be a marked increase that is for certain, but have a look at some of the actual figures below.

This shows actual repossessions versus surrenders and abandonments. It’s clear to see that jingle mail and people giving back properties voluntarily is far greater than those being ‘turfed out’. The ratio is generally more than 2:1 against repossessions.

Some of these properties are being sold at a loss, some have equity, others are owned by people who just leave the country, the main thing to consider though, is that for the 95,000 loans more than 3 months behind (the topline figure of almost 150,000 ‘in stress’ is a little misleading) only 200 were taken back without consent in 2012.

That’s a mere 0.2% of the loans in arrears, and it’s still a nearly insignificant 0.85% of …

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