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A fresh call was made in Athlone on Thursday last for Westmeath householders in serious mortgage arrears to engage with their lenders as there is now a fresh urgency to find solutions and leave families in their homes.
Fahy Law has brought together a network of independent Irish legal firms who have launched a new initiative to collectively assist many residential mortgage holders in Ireland, who may be entitled to significant and substantial interest rate rebates form banks, building societies and vulture funds.
Home for Life - the state-backed mortgage to rent finance scheme - has the potential to help a number of the 578 cases in Mayo reported to have over 720 days of mortgage arrears, according to the company's CEO. At the Housing Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo County Council this week, Home for Life's chief executive officer, Paul Cunningham, suggested that these arrears cases, which the Central Bank's Long-Term Mortgage Arrears in Ireland Report note as being 'in serious mortgage arrears', could be helped by the scheme.
Buying your first home in Ireland can seem like a mountain to climb. Just reading the Irish news would be enough to put off even the most determined of Irish buyers.
Brokers Ireland has appealed to politicians to consider very carefully the No Consent, No Sale Bill 2019 currently going through the Oireachtas on the basis that it is likely to negatively impact mortgage holders in terms of interest rates and stymie badly needed competition in the banking sector.
Would be First Time Buyers (FTBs) in Athlone and its environs are getting their affairs in order before year end, to ensure they are primed and ready for action once new bank lending exemptions open again in 2019.
Galway county councillors have spoken out against the size of loan applied by the council for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme.
More than half of all mortgage holders in Leinster say that they were not informed by their banks that it was possible to take out mortgage protection cover with a different provider to the bank with whom they secured their mortgage.
Experts at MyMortgages.ie say market developments are signalling an impending explosion in the fixed rate mortgage market in Ireland. KBC is the latest to slash its rates to five year fixed rate to 2.8 percent with Ulster Bank offering a 2.3 percent two year fixed rate and a 3.25 percent fixed rate for seven years. PTSB have also recently dropped its fixed rates to 3.7 percent for existing customers. According to the mortgage brokers, these cuts signal real savings for mortgage holders.
Responding to the recent Banking and Payments Federation Ireland mortgage drawdowns for the second quarter of 2018, Brokers Ireland have stated that the standout figure is a 95.5 percent year-on-year increase in the volume of re-mortgaging/switching, indicating that Irish consumers are getting the message there is value to be had in switching.