Public Sector Employees

Mortgages tailored for public sector employees in Ireland.

Public Sector Mortgage

Certain lenders have recently created mortgages specially designed for public sector employees. Allocations for employee pay scales, overtime and allowances are now taken into consideration. Rates start from as low as 2.4% APR making mortgages easier than ever for public sector employees to get.

Who Qualifies?

Public Sector Employees in Ireland – Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Guards, Lecturers, Civil Servants.

Only 1 spouse needs to work in the public sector to qualify.

First time buyers and second time buyers or residential property investments.

Applicants must have a proven repayment capacity to meet stress test repayments.

The property must be in Ireland.

What's different about public sector mortgages?

Basic Pay

Basic pay will now betaken as two points up the pay scale when applying for a mortgage. You will now be assessed with a higher wage on your application.

Overtime

100% of your overtime completed can be included in the basic wage.

Probation Period

In the case of probation periods, there will include existing public sector employees promoted or transferred on 12 month’s probation. Whereas new entrants will be determined on a case by case basis, depending on their employment history.

Contractual Allowances

100% of your contractual allowances can be applied. This will mean you will be able to take out a larger mortgage if needed.

Gift

100% of the deposit can be gifted provided repayment capacity is evident.​

Maximum Age

The maximum age at mortgage expiry has increased up to 70 and no proof of pension is required. There can be up to 4 individuals per application which will give more flexibility for applicants.

Fixed or Variable Rate?

Loan to Value<60%<70%<80%<90%
Variable Rates2.45%2.45%2.70%2.70%
3 Year Fixed1.95%2.10%2.20%2.35%
5 Year Fixed1.95%2.10%2.20%2.50%
10 Year Fixed2.40%2.55%2.70%2.85%
15 Year Fixed2.50%2.65%2.80%2.95%
20 Year Fixed2.60%2.75%2.90%2.99%

Rates effective as of 20-08-2021. Terms & Conditions apply.

How does it work in practice?

Public Sector Mortgage Example

  • Mary is a teacher who needed to borrow €156,000 to purchase her first home.
  • As a teacher on point 6 of the salary scale and earning €40,942 she was limited to borrowing €143,297 based on 3.5 times her income.
  • We sourced a lender who will allow multiples based on 2 points up the salary scale.
  • Mary’s earnings were now based on point 8 of the salary scale, equating to €44,873 and granted her approval to borrow the €156,000 she needed.
  • Best of all, at a fixed rate of 2.6% for 5 years.

Top Tips

In order to get a mortgage, you have to provide proof that you can repay it. So you’ll need to provide proof of long term employment. Casual employment and job seeker allowances are not accepted as proof of employment.

Contract workers need to provide proof of three rolling contacts. If you are in receipt of bonuses or commission income, lenders will calculate an average over a period of time.

You need to eat, sleep and have fun once the mortgage is paid, so don’t over extend yourself.

Public Sector Mortgage FAQs

A mortgage is simply a long-term loan that’s used to pay for a house.

A first time buyer is defined as a borrower to whom no housing loan has ever before been advanced. Where the borrower under a housing loan is more than one person and one or more of those persons has previously been advanced a housing loan, none of those persons is a first-time buyer. (Central Bank of Ireland).

Central bank deposit rules require a 10% deposit for first time buyers. So if the value of your property is €200,000, you’d need a deposit of €20,000.

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.

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.

The process can be daunting so it makes sense to find a mortgage broker  that can take the pressure off. A good advisor will simplify the process, gather all your information, advise you on ways to save for a deposit, know whether you should opt for a 25 or 35 year term, and most importantly, they’ll shop around for the best possible mortgage deal for you. It doesn’t cost you a cent to chat with an advisor because their fees are usually covered by the mortgage lenders.

  • Assess your chances of getting a mortgage
  • Recommend measures to secure mortgage approval
  • Fill out your application and make sure you have everything in place
  • Get a quote from each bank for you and recommend the best
  • Calculate the additional tax and legal expenses involved in the purchase
  • Make sure all runs smoothly and stress-free for you

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