Newstalk Lunchtime: Jonathan Healy and Karl Deeter on Insolvency Service of Ireland

We spoke to Jonathan Healy about the new insolvency service, how it was not going to be possible to determine its success for at least three months (as protective certs last 70 days and can last more), as well as the importance of understanding that the security behind a debt is a very different concept to the decency of the creditor.

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Mortgage writedowns occurring, but how much?

We often hear that banks are writing down mortgage debts, but then the lenders themselves say ‘this isn’t happening’. For such a large rumour there is a surprising lack of evidence on either side of the argument, although we do see scant documentation indicating this in some cases.

If you click on the picture it will give you the larger version of the kind of documents we see from time to time. In this instance the client has said they owe over €200,000 but that they lender will take less than half of this, settling on a figure of c. €90,000 to clear in full or they’ll owe the difference if it goes for less.

The property seems to be at a significant discount to others in the same area, and unless the person in question is not being honest (we have no reason to think they aren’t) then the letter indicates over …

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