Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sunday Business Post: Opinion piece ‘Banks must learn to forgive and forget’ 25th April 2011

When a bank holds a loan worth €200,000 it is an asset valued at that figure. Even if the security for the loan is a property that has fallen in value to €100,000.
So it is no surprise that banks will do whatever it takes in order to avoid turning their asset into a 50 per cent loss. In fact, even if the loan getting into trouble it doesn’t get written down to €100,000 -that only happens after the asset value has been realised. This is in part why we have three repossessions per 100,000 mortgages, while Britain has 65 times more, at about 200 per 100,000. At the same time, there has been huge political pressure via politicians and the Central Bank (formerly the Financial Regulator), via the thrice reworked Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears to ensure that we don’t allow people to get their homes repossessed as long as they engage’ with the lender.

News of the World: Getting wealthy (first installment) 25th April 2011

THE saying “Give a man fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life” is a useful way to look at personal finances. After all, there are plenty of people who can tell you what to do, or give you advice to get you through the next day/week/month, but it isn’t nearly as powerful as being able to take control of your own cash.

Irish Times: Questions & Answers April 14th

Can I release equity in my home under age 55? Question: Can you tell me if it’s possible to release equity in my home prior to reaching the age of 55? I own my home outright and have no family to pass it on to when I die. I bought my house last October but it needs a great deal of upgrading which I have very little prospect of being able to afford any time soon.

Irish Times: Karl Deeter & Jim Power mentioned in reference to their Pat Kenny show appearance

Wednesday’s Today with Pat Kenny (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) provided a more less heartening illustration of contemporary mores. The economist Jim Power and the mortgage broker Karl Deeter were in the studio to discuss AIB’s tentative debt-forgiveness proposals for distressed mortgage holders.

News of the World: Deposit accounts 18th April 2011

Deposit accounts are one of the safest places you can put your money, the issue with them traditionally has been that they tend to under-perform versus alternatives with some risk (like stocks and bonds). But that doesn’t mean you should only ever opt for risk, a steadily increasing plain vanilla deposit account can make a big difference over time, indeed, it lead Albert Einstein to once say that ‘the most powerful force in the universe is compound interest’.

TV3 Morning Show: on the Allsops property auction

The Morning Show with Sybil and Martin covered the recent auction in Dublin, we were delighted to take part

Midweek on TV3: Debt forgiveness?

Midweek on TV3 had a segment on debt forgiveness and it featured some commentary from Karl Deeter of our company. The piece is above, the topic is provocative!

News of the World: Standard Financial Statement

A ‘Standard Financial Statement’ (the MABS version) is available in this link. You can download it as part of the first step in getting control of your finances back on track via our weekly News of the World column!

Today with Pat Kenny on RTE1: 13th April 2011 on Mortgage debt forgiveness

The enormity of the black hole facing banks and taxpayers is summed up by Economist David McWilliams today who says that “the banks will take €500 million a week out of the economy for the next two years”. It is a gloomy summary of our predicament – and a crisis that has squeezed homeowners, taxpayers and businesses. One sector has been given a glimmer of hope by AIB. The bank yesterday suggested that it might write off the debt of struggling borrowers. Debt forgiveness for those with mortgages they can’t repay. Joining Pat was Karl Deeter, Operations Manager with Irish Mortgage Brokers and Jim Power Chief Economist with Friends First.

Daily Star and Irish Daily Mail stories

Karl Deeter of was mentioned in two papers, his commentary was via his role as Operations Manager with Irish Mortgage Brokers