The Benefits of Switching:
● The ability to borrow at a lower interest rate
● The option of utilizing your home’s equity for additional cash
● The opportunity to switch to a product more suitable to your financial situation
● The flexibility to consolidate your debts into a single, affordable monthly payment
Tom and Laura, aged 37 and 35 with 20 years left on their mortgage and an outstanding balance of €180,000.
3.7% – interest rate
€1,062 – repayment per month
2.25% – interest rate
€200,000 – new mortgage amount (extra €20,000 released for new kitchen)
€1,035pm – new repayment per month (€27pm cheaper + NEW kitchen)
Switcher Costs & Criteria:
How it works?
The upper limit on switcher mortgages is 90% of the current value of your home. Switcher mortgages were specifically excluded in the changes to mortgage rules introduced by the central bank in early 2015.
How much does it cost?
As a guide you should budget in the region of €1,200 for legal costs to switch your mortgage. Currently there are incentives from lenders varying between €1,000 and €2,000 towards legal costs.
A valuation fee of approx €150 euro is also payable as the new lender will require an up to date valuation before a loan offer is issued.
The switching process
You will need to have life cover to the value and term of your new mortgage in place before you draw down.
Redemption penalties may arise if you are breaking an existing fixed rate mortgage agreement. If you are looking to switch and are in a fixed rate mortgage agreement you will need to check with your current lender what if any penalty is payable if you switch.