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Make your first move 'first rate' with AIB's virtual event for first time buyers

AIB has teamed up with an exciting panel of property, sustainability, and design gurus to provide NI homebuyers with expert insight and advice as they prepare to take their first steps towards owning their own home.

Comedian and TikTok star Serena Terry, AKA Mammy Banter (centre), is pictured at Banana Block in Belfast with interior designer Paul Moneypenny (left) and AIB mortgage adviser Craig Service (right), ahead of AIB’s Rate My Home Live. The event will be virtually live streamed on Wednesday March 30 at 7pm

AIB’s ‘Rate My Home Live’ event will be live streamed on Wednesday March 30 at 7pm from community and culture hub, Banana Block in Belfast. It will see well known architectural designer, Oliver Heath, join local panellists to share practical advice and tips on how being energy efficient in your current or future home can have a positive impact on your health, wellbeing and happiness.


Oliver, best known for his appearances on BBC’s DIY SOS and Changing Rooms now specialises in sustainable design and architecture.

“Our lives and homes are undergoing enormous changes right now”, explains Oliver.

"Be it in the rise in energy bills, the desire to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, our agile working situations, and the need to look after our physical and mental wellbeing – our homes are central to all of this.

"Having some clarity on what to look for is essential, and events like this can really help first time buyers understand how to find and create homes fit for the future. I’m really looking forward to sharing my 25 years of industry and personal insight at the event.”

Architectural designer Oliver Heath will be on hand to answer questions at AIB’s ‘Rate My Home Live’ on Wednesday March 30 at 7pm

Hosted by local comedian and TikTok star Serena Terry, AKA Mammy Banter, Oliver will be joined by interior designer Paul Moneypenny, a former star of BBC’s Interior Design Masters, and local homeowner Joey McCauley from Antrim, who has gained a huge following on Instagram with her colourful home transformation and thrifty DIY tips.

Northern Irish influencer Joey McCauley (@ouremporium) has gained a huge following on her Instagram page after transforming her home using creative and sustainable DIY techniques


Viewers will be able to ask the guests questions on the night from the comfort of their sofas and together the panel will share tips on what to look out for when viewing potential homes, the benefits of energy efficiency and how to make your first house feel like a home. AIB mortgage adviser Craig Service will also be on hand to demystify the property buying process and share advice on how to get mortgage-ready.

AIB mortgage adviser, Craig Service will also be on hand to answer viewer’s questions


Rate My Home Live is the latest in a series of insightful events from AIB to help customers on their home journeys, and AIB’s Craig Service is excited to be taking part. Craig said: “With the right advice and support, finding and creating your dream home can be a rewarding experience, and we are delighted to help support people on this journey with Rate My Home Live.”

“With such a knowledgeable panel who’ll provide invaluable advice on everything from finding your first home and ‘going green’ to DIY and decorating tips, AIB’s Rate My Home Live is the perfect event for first time buyers.”


To register for the free online event, which will be live streamed on Wednesday March 30 at 7pm, visit ratemyhomelive.co.uk.

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