Did you know that Mortgage Brain doesn’t just operate in the UK? In 2003, we branched out to the Republic of Ireland, launching a mortgage solution system for Irish brokers, lenders and consumers.
Who is Mortgage Brain Ireland?
Mortgage Brain Ireland has held the exclusive distribution licence for our software in the Republic of Ireland for over a decade. Just like Mortgage Brain, our Irish counterparts are the leading providers of mortgage software, with many individual advisers and broker companies currently using the software. They have also created Ireland’s first free mortgage comparison and calculator app: IrishMortgages. This is equivalent to the UK app UKMortgages.
What is the IrishMortgages app?
The app was launched last year, and is the first free mortgage comparison app in Ireland, having been used over 30,000 times by Irish consumers in the past year. It allows users to explore various mortgage and affordability options throughout the country. The app also enables users to find a qualified Irish broker to assist with the process.
It incorporates a mortgage calculator, which is able to determine the cost of a mortgage per month, the deposit size, and the income an individual will need for this size mortgage.
IrishMortgages then calculates how much someone can borrow, based on the latest Central Bank lending rules, which are updated daily. The app also keeps a clear record of all searches done, which is a handy comparison and tracking tool for consumers.
How can an app like this help?
The mortgage app is particularly useful in Ireland as there is a national problem with individuals not understanding mortgages correctly.
Research has found that almost seven out of ten people in Ireland don’t know how much interest they will pay their lender over the lifespan of their mortgage. This highlights the need for the work being done by Mortgage Brain Ireland to teach and inform consumers.
What else does Mortgage Brain Ireland offer?
Just like Mortgage Brain in the UK, Mortgage Brain Ireland offers Mortgage Trading Exchange (MTE), which speeds up the mortgage application process considerably.
The MTE software permits brokers to trade electronically, allowing them to send, track and view applications and documents online. This eliminates the need for paper, thus enabling the process to be a lot smoother.
The Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors (AEMA) has also recently adopted Mortgage Brain Ireland. AEMA account for almost 50 percent of mortgage broker business in Ireland and are implementing MTE from Mortgage Brain in their move to an electronic mortgage-trading platform.
Lenders only need to integrate MTE once into their back office – there’s no need to build and maintain multiple bridges to systems from different broking firms. This saves both time and money.
What is the overall goal for the company?
Mortgage Brain Ireland estimates that, over the next four years, the industry could save €12 million in both cost savings and productivity, so long as both brokers and lenders adopt this standard electronic mortgage trading platform.
Therefore, the end goal for Mortgage Brain Ireland is to make the mortgage application process digital and establish a common trading platform for the industry as a whole.
As previously mentioned, research has shown that consumers in Ireland are not completely clear when it comes to mortgages and the process it entails. Mortgage Brian Ireland is aiming to provide support and information in order to educate consumers, ensuring they are as informed as they can be about the mortgage process and know exactly what they need to do.