Plans for College Green area make it a magnet for investors

The Luas Cross City route, plans for a pedestrian plaza at College Green, and the recently approved proposals for Hines and Peterson Group’s redevelopment project at the former Central Bank complex, are all providing a major boost to the attractiveness of the College Green and Dame Street areas for occupiers and investors. Butlers Chocolates has […]

October 26, 2017 Uncategorized

Ireland’s housing crisis is ‘completely normal’

Ireland’s housing crisis is “completely normal” and its level of homelessness is one of the lowest in Europe, outgoing chairman of the Government’s Housing AgencyConor Skehan has said. Mr Skehan, who departs the role next month, said the agency had warned the Government and the Minister for Housing against “sowing the seeds” of the next […]

October 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Mortgage war intensifies with KBC offering 10 year fixed rate

    More shots have been fired in the mortgage war with KBC Bank introducing a new low-cost fixed-rate deal for new and existing customers. It comes just days after AIB challenged the market with a range of rate cuts. Financial experts said banks cutting rates were signs that they are stepping up competition, with […]

September 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Customers to save hundreds as AIB cuts variable mortgage rate

AIB has announced a 0.25pc reduction in its standard variable rate (SVR) on mortgages, the fifth rate reduction for existing customers in three years. The banks variable rate will reduce to 3.15pc, which is the lowest variable rate on the Irish market. The cut will apply to both new and existing AIB customers, with 100,000 […]

September 18, 2017 Uncategorized

Mortgage-to-rent scheme to keep people with arrears in homes

Loans in arrears to be bought from banks by private investors under Government plan A new mortgage-to-rent scheme, currently being finalised by the Government and expected to be launched in the coming weeks, will keep thousands of families currently under threat of eviction in their homes, it is expected. Proponents of the scheme say it […]

September 11, 2017 Uncategorized

Local property tax must be based on new valuations says think tank

  It is “critical” that local property tax be based on up to date valuations from 2019, a think tank has said – even if it is to lead to increases of as much as 125% for some homeowners. Public Policy, an independent thinktank chaired by Professor Frank Convery and funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, in […]

August 29, 2017 Uncategorized

90pc of properties are selling for different sum to the asking price

                    Nine out of every 10 homes put on the market are being sold for substantially different sums than the advertised asking price. First-time buyers and families hoping to secure a home are being invited to view properties which end up selling for figures vastly different […]

August 14, 2017 Uncategorized

Pace of growth in Irish construction sector slowed in June, survey finds

The rate of expansion in construction activity in the Republic slowed in June, with the civil engineering segment of the market contracting slightly even as the housing and commercial subsectors remained strong, according to a report published on Monday. The latest reading of the monthly Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) shows that activity […]

July 11, 2017 Uncategorized

Seven things you’re entitled to under the new renting rules

New rented accommodation regulations are set to come into effect today, ending speculation that bedsits would re-enter the market as a solution to the housing “crisis”. The updated regulations will require some landlords to install additional safety features in rented properties, with a particular emphasis on fire safety and air quality. Signed off by former […]

July 3, 2017 Uncategorized

Long-term rental model to replace home ownership

Changing marriage and jobs trends are among the factors that are impacting on the type of homes that are needed in Ireland and the amount of them. The latest census statistics show that lifestyle and population trends are changing. To address the challenge this presents, the corporate landlord looks set to play an increasing role. […]

June 30, 2017 Uncategorized
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