A mortgage is a loan you take out to buy a property. They are available from most banks and building societies. There are excellent sources of information and advice available which will guide you when buying your own home.
- National Consumer Agency (NCA) – Gives impartial information and advice on mortgages. For further information please visit www.nca.ie/nca/mortgages
- The Money Advice Service – Contains useful, impartial information that can help guide you. For further information please visit Mortgages – a beginner’s guide on the Money Advice Service website
- NI Direct – Provides some information on how to buy a home, with links to other websites containing more detailed advice and information. Buying a home – step by step guide
- Housing Advice NI – Provides a wide range of information on housing issues and can provide impartial advice on mortgages. Housing Advice NI – mortgages
A bank will make a commercial decision on whether or not to accept your mortgage application, on the basis of the risk profile of the proposed loan.
Banks may not discriminate against any EU citizens on grounds of nationality. However, your country of residence or the location of the property to be mortgaged can often make it difficult to obtain a mortgage.
Banks frequently refuse to grant mortgages for properties located in another country, or to people whose source of income or place of residence is not in the country where the bank is established. Many banks see this as an unacceptable risk in case of default on loan repayments.
- Border People – Mortgage Interest Relief in Ireland
- Citizens Information – Owning a home
- Citizens Information – www.keepingyourhome.ie
- Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) – www.mabs.ie
- Debt Advice NI – Mortgages
Page last checked: January 2016
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