Bank of Ireland cuts mortgage rates as competition heats up

Bank of Ireland has cut its mortgage rates as banks scramble to benefit from the rising mortgage market. It is the fourth bank in two months to cut rates. But the banks are only cutting fixed rates as they do not want borrowers switching lenders to get better rates.   Bank of Ireland has cut […]

June 13, 2017 Uncategorized

Property price rises pick up steam again as hikes up over 10pc

The pace of property price rises has picked up again. They were up 10.5pc in the year to April, which was stronger than the 9.6pc increase in March, according to the latest information from the Central Statistics Office. Prices rose by 1.1pc in the month of April, as a chronic shortage of supply means buyers […]

June 8, 2017 Uncategorized

Varadkar’s property tax cut for Dublin homeowners

Fine Gael leadership front-runner Leo Varadkar wants to change how the property tax is collected and distributed, which would significantly benefit homeowners in Dublin and the commuter belt. The Social Protection Minister said councils should be allowed vary the tax rate by more than the 15pc currently allowed. The move would either cut bills or […]

May 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Varadkar says landlords ‘should be treated like any other business’

    Speaking at a grassroots event in Wicklow tonight, Mr Varadkar said in modern Ireland it is “almost a bad thing” to be someone who owns and rents out a number of properties. He said landlords “really should be treated like any other business” in that “if you have a loss you can offset […]

May 23, 2017 Uncategorized

Many potential first-time buyers are unaware of the help-to-buy scheme

  Large numbers of potential first-time buyers are unaware of the Government’s help-to-buy scheme. A survey commissioned by Bank of Ireland found 39pc of potential first-time buyers are not aware of the tax incentive to buy newly built homes. This is despite the fact the Government’s controversial help-to-buy scheme has received massive media attention. Four […]

May 12, 2017 Uncategorized

There’s little risk of a big crash, but housing market is still a concern

In last week’s Sunday Independent, we learnt that a substantial fraction of the population – almost two in five – are worried about another housing crash. The public has every right to be concerned about what is happening in the housing sector. As each year passes, with only a small fraction of the 50,000 or […]

May 10, 2017 Uncategorized

Lack of supply pushes rents higher than during the boom

  A person looking to rent in the Republic can expect to spend €2,700 more keeping a roof over their heads for the next 12 months than they would have shelled out in a year at the height of the boom. And that average, highlighted in the latest rental report, is before tax so […]

May 9, 2017 Uncategorized

It may not be a housing bubble, but the squeeze is getting worse

There may not be a bubble. But we are caught in a slow-motion housing squeeze. The market is emerging from a complete melt-down – an economic heart attack, which stopped new building in its tracks and froze activity. Now the re-emergence of new buyers – driven by a rising economy and the availability of loans […]

May 8, 2017 Uncategorized

Mortgage approvals surge 62.% in first quarter of 2017

 Mortgage approvals surged 62 per cent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Thursday by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). And the value of the loans approved is rising even faster – by 77.5 per cent year on year. However, the number of loans […]

May 4, 2017 Uncategorized

Dublin firmly on Brexit move map as inquiries rise

The volume of enquiries from UK-based businesses seeking to relocate to Dublin is on the rise, according to the findings of the latest quarterly commercial property monitor from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). Nearly two-thirds (64pc) of Dublin-based respondents to the latest survey now claim to have seen evidence of companies considering the […]

May 2, 2017 Uncategorized
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