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MortgageLooking for a Mortgage?

If you are looking to take out your first mortgage or need advice on your existing mortgage, you have landed on the right page.
We have been providing mortgage advice for over to 25 years.

What do we offer?

Whether this is your first or second time around, need advice on your existing mortgage or you are seasoned property investor, we offer 

  • Impartial advice
  • Mortgage Solutions build around your individual circumstances
  • We deal with the leading lenders in Ireland

How we work?

Initially we have a chat by phone, we can tell you very quickly whether the plans you have are possible or not. Once you know, you can move forward or we will tell what you need to fix in order to move forward. 

Switching is Easy

You may be able switch mortgage providers to get a better rate. You may be able to release the equity in your house to do other things, like renovate etc.
As Financial Brokers we will research the market place to bring you the best mortgage (for you) at the best available rate. At Advice First our Key Focus is our customers. We are committed to providing you with a quality service at all times

 At a Glance

  • Whether first or second time buyer, investment property ot holiday home
  • Trustworthy advice
  • Lending lenders
  • Compare all lenders

Still Unsure?

Why not give us a call and we will assess your ability to get a mortgage and how much you can borrow, and confirm if it is good value for money or if a better alternative is available.

 Call us today in Letterkenny: 074 910 3938  Email us

The above if for information purposes only and does not constitute financial advice in any, we recommend that you speck with us before making any financial decisions. We recommend a holistic approach to financial planning and we can help you put your plans in place.

 Tips for getting mortgage ready!

Does your job provide you with a steady income?

Lenders are now looking closely at basic income; bonuses and overtime cannot be guaranteed to be taken into account when a lender is assessing your application. Make sure you have six months of payslips, last year’s P60 and a salary cert completed by your employer (you can obtain a salary cert from your Financial Broker).

How long have you been in permanent employment?

To obtain a mortgage you must have completed your probationary period and you should have at least six months (but preferably twelve months) in continuous employment. Do you plan on remaining in the same geographical area for a few years? If you are planning to move location within the next few years then perhaps purchasing is not ideal for you.  House prices can rise as well as fall, as we’ve witnessed within the last number of years, and therefore if you are only purchasing for the short term, the risk of negative equity increases.  Negative equity is when the outstanding mortgage on your home is more than the market value of your home. This means that even when you sell the house you will be left with debt.

Costs to consider

Do you have enough money set aside for the deposit, valuation and legal fees, and for furnishing the property? You will be required to have between 10% and 20% of the purchase price of the property you intend buying. You must show the lender evidence on paper – e.g. bank statements and gift confirmation (if any) of this deposit prior to the loan offer being issued. You should also consider the additional costs incurred in taking a mortgage, including the cost of the valuation and the cost of the solicitor. Shop around and find out what the average cost will be: it may vary a little due to location etc.  You should never instruct a valuation or solicitor until you get advice from your Financial Broker, as the valuation and solicitor have to be on your lender’s valuer and solicitor panel.   Your Financial Broker will have details regarding this.

Showing regular savings

Lenders will require evidence of savings. Not only is this showing that you can live within your means, it also demonstrates good financial planning and an ability to make repayments. Do you have 3 months’ or 3 weeks (if paid weekly) payslips, current and saving bank statements?

Documentation needed

When you go to your Financial Broker or lender you should bring with you:

  • 3 months /weeks payslips
  • six months current account statements
  • six months saving bank accout/Credit Union statements
  • 12 months loan account statements, for all existing loans including existing mortgages
  • More Recent P60.

Watch out for

Check that you have not had any unpaid direct debits or standing orders on your statements (these are sometimes denoted by referral fees).  If there are unpaid direct debits or standing orders, check why this occurred and explain this to your Financial Broker/Lender. Doing this can save a lot of time later in the process.

Show ability to repay

Can you show ability to repay i.e. paying rent? You can demonstrate an ability to repay by showing a strong savings history and strong payment history, i.e. ability to pay a specified rent each month. It is important that the rent and savings transactions can be seen on your bank account statements. Loans which have recently been paid off are also useful to show ability to repay.

Do you live within your means, avoiding overdrafts? If you have an overdraft, check your six months bank statements and ensure you are not continually falling into the overdraft.  If you do not have an overdraft, ensure that you have never overspent and initiated an unauthorised overdraft.

Check also that you have not been “living from one pay cheque to another”.  If this is the case, very strong savings records may help.

How is your credit history?

Don’t forget – if you are unsure about your credit history or if you missed payments in the past, log on to and pay a small fee to get your credit report sent directly to you. You should show this to your Financial Broker/lender when applying for a loan.

You will be required to have between 10% and 20% of the purchase price of the property you intend buying

Why would you need to use a Advice First?

Advice First are experts in financial matters, and we specialise in mortgage sourcing.  We will work with you to understand your requirements in relation to obtaining a mortgage and guide you through the mortgage application process. We will assess a number of lenders in the market, providing you with a broad choice.

We will recommend the mortgage term, rate and lender most suitable for you. We will also recommend other products such as mortgage protection and in some cases home insurance.

Why would you need to use a Advice First?

There are a number of decisions you will need to make when applying for/obtaining a mortgage:

  • How much should I borrow?
  • Which lender should I borrow from?
  • How long should I borrow for?
  • Should I request a fixed or variable rate mortgage?
  • Which type of mortgage protection cover is best suited to my needs?

We will be able to explain the choices available to you in simple language, allowing you to make an informed decision. They can guide you on the decisions you need to make, based on your personal and financial circumstances. They will then help you through the process of applying for a mortgage. Ultimately, your Financial Broker will ensure that you choose the best mortgage to suit your needs and circumstances.

If Unsure

Why not give us a call and we will assess your ability to get a mortgage and how much you can borrow, and confirm if it is good value for money or if a better alterative is available.

 Call us today in Letterkenny: 074 910 3938 or Dublin: 01 556 36 38

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