If you’re on the hunt for a new mortgage, finding the right deal can be tricky. Here’s how the right mortgage broker could save you time and money.
They’re qualified mortgage experts that can help you find the right mortgage for your needs, they’re also known as intermediaries or mortgage advisers.
Mortgage brokers are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and authorised to:
A mortgage intermediary can not only help you find the best mortgage rates, but can also support you through the application process. A broker can help:
Some brokers are tied to one specific lender, whereas other mortgage brokers have access to a panel of lenders or the whole of the market.
An independent mortgage broker, in order to call themselves independent, can only charge a fee and not take a commission from a lender.
Tied mortgage brokers don’t have access to all the mortgage products in Ireland so you could miss out on deals that are cheaper or more suitable for your circumstances.
Some brokers charge a fee for mortgage advice or to arrange your mortgage application. The fee may be based on a percentage of the mortgage amount or charged at a flat rate.
However, many online brokers are free because they get a commission from the lender so don’t pass on charges to the borrower. Commission from lenders is typically around 1% of the mortgage.
Shop around and find out exactly what each broker will charge you or how they are paid. They should be able to tell you the full cost upfront.
Yes, mortgage brokers have access to a wider range of products which could mean you get a cheaper mortgage deal.
Even if you have to pay a broker fee, the savings you could make by getting a cheaper mortgage rate could dwarf the cost of using them.
A mortgage adviser can guide you through a complex and time-consuming process, but if you’re confident of finding the best rates and securing a mortgage on your own, mortgage advice may not be necessary.
Here’s the pros and cons of using a broker:
Some lenders will only accept a mortgage application from a mortgage broker or only from a mortgage broker appointed to their panel.
If you want to go it alone, our Complete guide to mortgages could help you get started on your mortgage journey.
There are several ways to find a mortgage broker, you can use the Brokers Ireland’s website to find a broker nearby.
Your mortgage lender may provide you with a choice of brokers in your area.
Alternatively, you may find a mortgage deal on a comparison website that’s arranged by a broker or you can search for a free online broker.
Remember, some brokers offer a face to face service, whereas others operate purely online.
To get the best mortgage advice, before you sign up with a broker find out:
Finally, check out reviews and recommendations via social media, their website or word of mouth.
Find the best first time buyer and home mover mortgage deals in Ireland using our comparison.
Yes, and getting your mortgage through a broker can be the best option if you’re self-employed. They can access a wider range of lenders and are more likely to find a mortgage tailored to your financial circumstances.
Read more about how to get a mortgage if your’re self employed in our helpful guide.
Yes, if you’re building your own home, an adviser can help you find the best rate self build mortgage. If you’d like to know more about self build mortgages, our Guide to self build mortgages in Ireland is full of useful tips.
All individuals who advise on Mortgages are now required to hold a qualification such as the QFA (Qualified Financial Adviser). You can see a full list on the Central Bank of Ireland website.
The QFA is a professional designation that meets the Central Bank’s Minimum Competency Code (MCC) requirements for selling and advising of retail financial products set out in the Code.
Yes, there are restrictions on the use of the terms ‘broker’ and ‘independent’ and mortgage advisers have to comply with a set of rules and standards.
For example, a broker, in order to call themselves independent, can only charge a fee and not take a commission.
You can check the Central Bank of Ireland’s Register of Mortgage Credit Intermediaries. Online brokers will state their authorisation on their website. You will usually find the regulation notice at the bottom of the page.
It’s a mortgage product that’s only available directly from your bank or lender and is not made available to mortgage intermediaries.
It’s an agreement from a lender showing the amount they are willing to lend you, based on information you’ve provided and your credit record. An AIP may also be called a Mortgage in Principle (MIP) or a Decision in Principle (DIP).
An AIP is free and it’s usually valid for six months. Find out more in our guide, How to get a mortgage Approval in Principle in Ireland.