Category Archives: Budget 2011
ECB interest rate cut of at least 0.25% is expected to be announced at lunchtime today. Good news for mortgage holders, who will save Euro 104.17 per month on a Euro 500k mortgage.
Customers with tracker mortgages will automatically benefit but hopefully the other Irish lenders will pass on the reduction to their variable rate customers. Permanent TSB continues to charge very high rates in an attempt to subsidise their tracker mortgages, but it may be worth digging out any signed documentation and taking some advice. Continue reading
Section 23 allowances bought by investors are not being abolished.
However high earners will have to pay a 5% surcharge on income relieved by property incentives. The government is now incentivising the purchase of investment property again, but it is likely that only the very wealthy will be able to do this, since mortgage credit for such projects is very scarce.
Tinkering with the property market has often had undesired results. Continue reading