May 17, 2024

Switch & Save with Moneycare

Harry Dwyer QFA
Managing Director
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In recent times, many homeowners have found themselves facing the end of fixed-rate mortgages, only to be offered new rates that seem sky-high, sometimes reaching as much as 7% APR. This abrupt increase can strain finances and leave individuals feeling overwhelmed by their mortgage payments. However, amidst these challenges, there's a silver lining: interest rates are currently trending downwards.

At Moneycare, we understand the importance of finding the right mortgage solution. With interest rates on a downward trajectory, now may not be the ideal time to lock into a fixed-rate mortgage. By exercising patience and exploring variable-rate options, homeowners can capitalize on short and medium-term benefits as interest rates continue to decrease.

Our team at Moneycare has cultivated relationships with adverse range of mortgage providers, ensuring that our clients have access to the most competitive rates on the market. For instance, consider the enticing offer from Haven Mortgages: a fixed-rate Green mortgage at just 3.45% for four years. This option is particularly advantageous for homeowners with a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate ranging from A1 to B3, aligning with the green building standards of recent years.

For those who prefer cash incentives, variable-rate mortgages present an attractive alternative. Currently, one of the most appealing offers includes a 2% cashback opportunity alongside a variable interest rate of 4.40%. Imagine the potential savings: switching a €200,000 mortgage over a 20-year period could yield €4,000 in cashback, with an additional 2% reduction in monthly repayments until December 2030.

Furthermore, it's worth reassessing the viability of holding onto costly tracker mortgages. With the European Central Bank (ECB) base rate at 4% and tracker rates ranging between 5.25% and 6%, homeowners may find greater value in transitioning to a fixed-rate option, such as the aforementioned Green mortgage at 3.45% for four years. This becomes especially pertinent for individuals with ten years or less remaining on their mortgage as gradual rate decreases are anticipated, though the threat of inflation could prompt the ECB to reverse course and raise rates once again.

In conclusion, the current mortgage landscape presents a wealth of opportunities for savvy homeowners to optimize their financial arrangements. By leveraging our expertise at Moneycare and staying attuned to market trends, individuals can secure mortgage solutions that align with their long-term goals and financial well-being.

HDFS Ltd, trading as Moneycare, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.


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