Q1: Could I benefit from switching my mortgage?
Yes, most likely you could.
Figures show that more than 200,000 Irish households are on standard variable rates that are much higher than current mortgage rates.
Q2: Does it cost to switch my mortgage?
Yes, but these costs are covered.
There are valuation and conveyancing fees involved in switching your mortgage.
However, the banks are eager for your business and have attractive offers to encourage you to switch. These offers are cash sums that cover the costs involved with switching your mortgage. Plus there’s often some money left over - which goes straight into your pocket!
Q3: How much money can I save?
Each person who wants to switch their mortgage will have different circumstances.
How much you can save depends on the mortgage rate you’re paying right now, your outstanding balance and the term your mortgage still has to run. Each Irish household that switches their mortgage will save a different sum of money.
However, this blog post shows you how the maths works, and how you may be able to save up to €5,000 per year.
Q4: What documents will I need to switch my mortgage?
You will need the following documents to switch your mortgage:
● Photo identification
● Employment Detail Summary (P60) for last year
● Six most recent payslips
● Certificate of income stamped by your employer
● Statements for the last six months for your current accounts
● Statements for the last six months for your savings accounts
● Credit cards statements for the last six months
● Loan statements for the last 12 months
Q5: Is there any time switching my mortgage is not a good idea?
There are two separate scenarios that would rule out switching your mortgage.
Firstly, if your property is in negative equity, switching your mortgage is not at option presently.
Secondly, if you’ve struggled with your credit score recently, then you’ll need to wait a while before you can apply for a mortgage switch. Use that time to improve your credit score and then the banks will be willing to work with you.