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26th Apr 2024

Four things you need to have in order before applying for a mortgage

Sophie Collins


The housing market is a daunting feat at the moment

But if you are dreaming of owning your first home and feel overwhelmed by the prospect of saving for a deposit, there are some things you can do to feel more prepared.

Despite the housing market feeling like an impossibly out of reach goal for many people in Ireland, there are ways you can set yourself up for success.

So don’t fret! 

With some practical tips and a bit of discipline, you can turn that dream into a reality sooner than you’d think.

We’ve compiled a list of advice from Bank of Ireland that will help you on your way to getting that coveted mortgage approval.

Here’s how:

1. Work out a budget 

Start by evaluating your finances to determine how much you can comfortably afford to set aside each month. 

Take stock of your essential expenses, such as rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and other financial commitments. 

Understanding your monthly overheads will give you a clear picture of your financial landscape.

2. Make savings where you can 

Review your spending habits and identify areas where you can cut back on non-essential expenses. 

While individual indulgences may seem insignificant, they can accumulate over time and eat into your savings potential. 

Analyse your bank statements to tally up the costs of these extras, then prioritise what you can eliminate to redirect funds towards your deposit goal.

3. Set up a dedicated savings account 

Simplify your saving strategy by opening a separate savings account specifically earmarked for your home deposit. 

Choose a name that inspires motivation, such as ‘My Dream Home,’ to keep your goal at the forefront of your mind. 

Establish a monthly direct debit from your main account to your savings account, automating the process and ensuring consistent contributions. 

This not only streamlines your saving efforts but also demonstrates financial responsibility to potential lenders.

4. Get your finances in order

Assess any outstanding debts or loans that may impede your savings progress. 

Prioritise paying down high-interest debts, such as credit cards or personal loans, to free up more funds for saving. 

Managing your finances responsibly not only improves your ability to save but also enhances your creditworthiness, which is crucial when applying for a mortgage.

By following these practical tips and staying committed to your savings plan, you’ll be well on your way to securing that elusive first home deposit. 

Remember, every small step counts towards making your homeownership dreams a reality.