Age: 39 Spouse’s/Partner's age:44 Annual gross income from employment or profession: E61000 Annual gross income spouse: E40000 Type of employment: Both public sector employees Expenditure pattern: Conservative since September 2018 when decision made to buy house. Take out cash for shopping rather than use laser cards. Since Sept. have saved E250pw each (savings accrued so far E16,475). Rough estimate of value of home Second Time Buyer: Value of apartment bought in 2007 is E160,000. First Time Buyer: owns 2 properties abroad (no mortgage) Mortgage on home Second Time Buyer: E162,253 - left to pay from initial E210,000 mortgage in 2007.Currently renting this on RAS scheme - E1050 per month. First Time Buyer: owns 2 properties abroad (no mortgage) Mortgage provider: AIB Type of mortgage: Tracker, interest only, fixed rate Tracker Interest rate 1.1% Other borrowings – car loans/personal loans etc We both have no loans Do you pay off your full credit card balance each month? We don't use credit cards Savings and investments: Savings accrued so far E16,475 since September 2018 Do you have a pension scheme? Yes, I pay E210pm into personal pension Do you own any investment or other property? Yes. Second Time Buyer: E162,253 - left to pay from initial E210,000 mortgage in 2007.Currently renting this on RAS scheme - E1050 per month. First Time Buyer: owns 2 properties abroad (no mortgage) Ages of children: None. Life insurance: Yes. What specific question do you have or what issues are of concern to you? We wish to buy a home c. July/August 2019 and are researching before we go to a bank. Specific questions are: a) How will a bank view us as a couple (one who has a mortgage already and paying off without issue and the other who owns property abroad (but no mortgage) for a deposit. I understand second time buyers require 20% and first time 10%. Are there exceptions to this - i.e., a case to be made for 15% deposit? b) The value of a new home we are looking for we are limiting to E100 to E150k and we are not afraid of refurbishment. Would there be any issues with us asking for a mortgage in this range based on above? How is the mortgage on the apartment of second time buyer viewed in terms of approval in principle sum? Is it better not to have a mortgage at all (i.e., sell?). Apologies for the basic questions. Any insights into couples with differing circumstances and how the central bank rules apply to this would be very welcome. Thanks.