Got a question about mortgages? Take a look at our FAQ below or give us a call on 0818 50 24 24 for more info.
A mortgage is simply a long-term loan that’s used to pay for a house.
There are a number of easy ways to begin your application:
With a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate and monthly repayments are fixed for a set time as agreed between the lender and borrower.
Although a fixed rate means your repayments cannot increase for a set period of time, your repayments will not fall during the fixed rate period. As a result, you could miss out on lower interest rates and lower repayments. Fixed rates may cost more over the long run but they offer peace of mind as you know your repayments will not rise during the fixed rate period.
Variable rates offer the most flexibility. They allow you to increase your repayments, use a lump sum to pay off all or part of your mortgage or re-mortgage without having to pay any fixed rate breakage fees.
However, because variable rates can rise and fall, your mortgage repayments can go up or down during the term of your loan.
Your repayments will depend on how much you borrow, the term or length of your mortgage as well as the interest rate that you’re charged. See our handy online Mortgage Calculator for an indication of how much your monthly repayments might be.
The minimum loan amount you can borrow for a mortgage is €40,000. The minimum loan amount for further advances is €25,000.
The maximum amount you can borrow depends on several factors such as your income and your capacity to repay your loan. For a guideline on how much you could potentially borrow check out our online Mortgage Calculator.
Every mortgage has a life span or term. Our minimum term is 5 years and you could also possibly qualify for the maximum term possible which is 35 years. Our Buy to Let mortgages have a maximum term of 25 years.
A shorter term means you’ll pay your mortgage off quicker but it also means your monthly repayments will be higher.
There are various documents you’ll need to complete during the application process. Read the full list of documents required here.
LTV, or loan-to-value, is all about how much mortgage you have in relation to how much your property is worth. It's normally a percentage figure that reflects the percentage of your property that is mortgaged, and the amount that is yours (the amount you own is usually called your equity).
For example, if you have a mortgage of €150,000 on a house that's worth €200,000 you have a loan-to-value of 75% - therefore you have €50,000 as equity.
Stamp duty is payable at 1% on properties up to the value of €1 million euro and 2% on properties over this amount.
Every lender will look at various criteria before deciding whether to approve a mortgage. Some of the main factors that are taken into account are:
In all cases the primary focus is on your repayment capacity.
Central bank deposit rules require a 10% deposit for first time buyers. So if the value of your property is €300,000, you’d need a deposit of €30,000.
We’ve a range of deposits and savings account options to help you save for your deposit. Call into your local branch or take a look at what savings and deposits options we have available.
You’ll generally need to arrange home insurance and mortgage protection before drawing down your loan.
Home insurance is a property insurance which covers private homes, buildings and contents. The cost of home insurance often depends on what it would cost to rebuild your house and how much it would cost to replace all of the contents of the house. To get a quote today, simply drop into your local permanent tsb branch, call us on 0818 818 747 or visit our Home Insurance section to find out more.
When taking out a mortgage you’ll also need to consider how it’ll be paid off in the unlikely event of your death before the mortgage has been fully repaid. When you get a mortgage to buy your home, you’ll generally be required by your lender to take out mortgage insurance. This is a particular type of life assurance taken out for the term of the mortgage and is designed to pay it off on the death of the borrower or joint borrower before the end of the mortgage term.
Wherever you are on your mortgage journey, whether you’re ready to make an application, or just want to ask some questions – we’re here to support you so book an appointment today with our mortgage team!
We’ll outline the mortgage process and the required documents you’ll need for your application and you can then gather and submit the documents required at a time that suits you, allow 1-2 weeks for gathering these documents.
Once we receive your application and supporting documentation, we will get back to you in 3 working days to let you know if it’s ready to go to our underwriting team for a full assessment, or if we need any further documents or information from you first.
Once we submit the documents to our underwriting team for full assessment we’ll let you know if we can approve your application within 10 working days, however if your completed application is submitted for assessment during business hours we aim to give Mortgage Credit Approval in 72 hours. In the rare event that we can’t come to a decision in that timeframe, we’ll be in touch to let you know and to inform you of when we will have a decision.
Once your application for credit is approved, and you have found your home, you will be required to arrange for a valuation of your property. A credit check will also be undertaken on all applicants of the mortgage and you will need to arrange Life Insurance and Home Insurance. We will issue all the loan information you need to complete the purchase to your solicitor and once you sign the documents, your solicitor will arrange the transfer of funds and collection of your keys to your new home.
These are our new business variable rate products and are structured in terms of the Loan to Value (Level of debt as a percentage of the property value).
They represent a 0.50% reduction on our MVRs for the first 12 months of the mortgage for all Loan to Values up to 90%.
After the initial 12 months the Discounted MVR matures to our MVRs (dependent on the mortgages original LTV). The MVR will be 0.50% above the Discounted MVR.
|LTV Bracket||Discounted MVR Rate|
|Less than or equal to 50%||3.10%|
|Greater than 50% & less than or equal to 60%||3.20%|
|Greater than 60% & less than or equal to 70%||3.30%|
|Greater than 70% & less than or equal to 80%||3.35%|
|Greater than 80% & less than or equal to 90%||3.40%|
After the initial 12 months your Discounted MVR matures to one of our MVRs (dependent on the mortgage LTV at drawdown), which are variable rates for our existing customers.
It's important to remember that Discounted MVRs are variable rates and can increase or decrease. The MVR may vary from time to time without regard to variations in any other interest rate used by permanent tsb.
|LTV Bracket||MVR Rate|
|Less than or equal to 50%||3.60%|
|Greater than 50% & less than or equal to 60%||3.70%|
|Greater than 60% & less than or equal to 70%||3.80%|
|Greater than 70% & less than or equal to 80%||3.85%|
|Greater than 80% & less than or equal to 90%||3.90%|
|Greater than 90%||3.95%|
All new variable rate Home Loan customers whose LTV is 80% or less and who receive mortgage approval on or after 16th July 2015. These include:
No, existing permanent tsb customers cannot avail of our Discounted MVRs.
We will however shortly be writing to qualifying permanent tsb Home Loan customers outlining how they can transfer to one of our Base MVRs, which is assessed based on their current Loan to Value
No, Discounted MVRs are not available to Buy-to-Let customers.
We currently do not offer discounts to our MVRs at this LTV, however customers looking to apply for a mortgage with an LTV greater than 80% can continue to apply for our MVR’s or our comprehensive suite of fixed rates.
Talk to one of our dedicated mortgage consultants who will be able to advise you whether or not you can qualify to apply for one of our Discounted MVRs.
We will be writing to all Home Loan customers who have a Letter of Approval, but have not drawn down the loan, advising them about the launch of our Discounted MVRs.
If customer chooses the discounted variable rate they subsequently will receive a revised Letter of Approval confirming the change in rate and the mortgage Terms & Conditions, subject to satisfying full credit assessment and criteria.
Your repayments will alter in line with the prevailing MVR at the date of maturity.
It’s important to remember that MVRs are variable rates and can increase or decrease. The MVR may vary from time to time without regard to variations in any other interest rate used by permanent tsb.
You will be notified in writing of any changes to both your rate and repayment. This will confirm your amended rate, repayment and the effective date.
Once your mortgage matures to a MVR this will remain on the MVR until a time where the you decide to change the terms and conditions of the product.
No. Discounted MVRs are only available to customers whose Letter of Approval is issued on or after 16th July 2015 and confirms that a Discounted MVR is the rate applying.
Find out more about what you need on your mortgage journey here.
Wherever you are on your home buying journey, we’re here to support you along the way.