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A team of property experts will be put under the limelight at iconic Belfast venue

Register now for AIB's free Your Home event taking place on Wednesday April 26

EXPERT ADVICE: AIB's Your Home event will take place at the Limelight, Belfast on Wednesday April 26. Getting ready to take part are AIB's Julie McCullagh and Philip McBride from McKee's Solicitors, pictured with event host, Q Radio broadcaster Declan Wilson (centre)
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The Limelight in Belfast is gearing up for a different type of gig on Wednesday April 26 as a panel of property experts take to the stage to share top tips and guidance with local first time buyers.


AIB’s ‘Your Home’ event, hosted by Q Radio breakfast presenter Declan Wilson, will bring legal, mortgage and estate agent specialists together all under one roof for a live panel discussion and Q+A to help demystify the property process for the audience.

On stage

Joining Declan on stage will be AIB Mortgage Advisor Julie McCullagh, solicitor Phillip McBride, head of the Property Law Team at McKee’s Solicitors, estate agent Olga McAteer from McAteer Solutions and recent first time buyer, Francesca McKee, better known on Instagram as @Frans_Travels.

READY TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS: AIB Mortgage Advisor, Julie McCullagh will be one of the panellists

Together, the panel will share guidance on everything a first time home buyer should know, from the market landscape and paperwork to house hunting tips and the mortgage process.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS: The team ready to answer all your questions on the night

Tickets available

To register AIB’s Your Home event, scan the QR code or visit AIB NI’s Instagram channel. Tickets are free, but hurry, places are limited!

Limelight’s doors will open at 6pm, for refreshments before the panel discussion starts.

How do I start my mortgage journey?

Ahead of AIB’s Your Home event, we caught up with AIB mortgage advisor and panellist Julie McCullagh to find out more about how first time buyers can start their mortgage journey and what sort of tips audience members can look forward to on the night.

Julie explains: “Buying your first home is exciting and we want to keep it that way. Our aim is to break down the mortgage journey into simple steps and explain some of the technical jargon.

“The Homes team at AIB is committed to helping first-time buyers – we want to see you settled in your home as quickly as you do!”

AIB’s Handy Mortgage Roadmap

  • Calculate Your Affordability

    Use AIB’s handy online affordability calculator or get in touch with AIB to request a five minute chat.

  • Find your Dream Home

    The fun part, searching for your future home!

  • Contact a Solicitor

    You’ll need a solicitor to handle the legal aspects of your mortgage process.

  • Complete your Application

    Once you have an offer accepted, you can formally apply for a mortgage! Most of AIB’s mortgages have no application fee or booking fee.

  • Valuation Time

    AIB provides a free valuation of your property for first time buyers!

  • Exchange of Contracts

    Your solicitor will help guide you through this process.

  • Completion

    Your solicitor will arrange for a lender to draw down funds from your mortgage and you can move into your home!



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