Homeowners face a sharp rise in their property tax bills - in some cases by as much as 350pc - if Central Bank predictions about price rises come to pass.

Homeowners face hikes of up to 350pc in property tax bills as prices increase

Aug 19, 2017 2:30

Homeowners face a sharp rise in their property tax bills - in some cases by as much as 350pc - if Central Bank predictions about price rises come to pass.

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House prices are set to rise by 15pc over the next three years, a survey conducted by the Central Bank has found.

Housing shortage to drive up prices by 15pc over the next three years

Aug 17, 2017 2:30

House prices are set to rise by 15pc over the next three years, a survey conducted by the Central Bank has found.

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Houses affected by pyrite may become easier to sell after the introduction of new standards outlining the risk of structural damage to the property.

New standards in place for homes with pyrite

Aug 16, 2017 2:30

Houses affected by pyrite may become easier to sell after the introduction of new standards outlining the risk of structural damage to the property.

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Solving the housing crisis is all about supply, but despite efforts from the Government, supply is still well below the level needed to meet demand.

All roads lead back to the State for a solution to our housing crisis

Aug 16, 2017 2:30

Solving the housing crisis is all about supply, but despite efforts from the Government, supply is still well below the level needed to meet demand.

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Large numbers of people are missing out on savings on household bills because of fears that switching is too much hassle.

Householders miss out on €300 a year due to 'fear of switching'

Aug 15, 2017 2:30

Large numbers of people are missing out on savings on household bills because of fears that switching is too much hassle.

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Plans to encourage elderly nursing home residents to rent or sell their vacant homes could lead to them suffering undue distress and anxiety, it has been claimed.

Health of the elderly is being 'put at risk' by plans for them to rent out their houses

Aug 15, 2017 2:30

Plans to encourage elderly nursing home residents to rent or sell their vacant homes could lead to them suffering undue distress and anxiety, it has been claimed.

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Becoming a landlord sounds like a major hassle at the best of times.

Kevin Doyle: Scale of housing crisis requires all possible solutions to be examined

Aug 14, 2017 2:30

Becoming a landlord sounds like a major hassle at the best of times.

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Nine out of every 10 homes put on the market are being sold for substantially different sums than the advertised asking price.

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

Aug 14, 2017 2:30

Nine out of every 10 homes put on the market are being sold for substantially different sums than the advertised asking price.

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Older people could soon be incentivised to become landlords under changes to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme.

Fair Deal change: Nursing home residents will be encouraged to lease out their homes

Aug 14, 2017 2:30

Older people could soon be incentivised to become landlords under changes to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme.

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The volume of new mortgages taken out in the year to June was up by a quarter on the same period last year, data shows.

Mortgage holders here pay €250 more than EU average each month

Aug 12, 2017 2:30

The volume of new mortgages taken out in the year to June was up by a quarter on the same period last year, data shows.

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KBC Bank said rising Irish house prices and reduced mortgages arrears here could boost the Belgian bank's profits by as much as €200m this year.

Irish house price rises boost Belgian bank's bottom line

Aug 11, 2017 2:30

KBC Bank said rising Irish house prices and reduced mortgages arrears here could boost the Belgian bank's profits by as much as €200m this year.

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Ireland's biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, has warned that the prices now being paid by investors for blocks of apartments to serve the rental sector are excessive.

'Apartment market is trading at unattractive prices for investors'

Aug 10, 2017 2:30

Ireland's biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, has warned that the prices now being paid by investors for blocks of apartments to serve the rental sector are excessive.

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As house prices continue to rise, the Government appears no closer to solving the problem of affordability. There's a good reason why. Why would any builder commit to delivering homes for €300,000 or less in Dublin, or €250,000 in Cork, when simply putting them on the market will fetch far higher sums?

Carrots have failed to get houses built... it's time to use the stick

Aug 10, 2017 2:30

As house prices continue to rise, the Government appears no closer to solving the problem of affordability. There's a good reason why. Why would any builder commit to delivering homes for €300,000 or less in Dublin, or €250,000 in Cork, when simply putting them on the market will fetch far higher sums?

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Developers have committed to building fewer than 1,300 affordable homes priced at €300,000 or less in Dublin despite being in line for a refund of development levies.

Builders refusing to commit to affordable homes as prices rise

Aug 10, 2017 2:30

Developers have committed to building fewer than 1,300 affordable homes priced at €300,000 or less in Dublin despite being in line for a refund of development levies.

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Two questions arise in relation to the €225m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (Lihaf).

Paul Melia: No deals have been finalised - despite all the cash on offer

Aug 8, 2017 2:30

Two questions arise in relation to the €225m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (Lihaf).

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Lone Star - The Texas–based group founded by billionaire financier John Grayken is understood to have invested €5bn in Irish assets in the past four years across 10 transactions. It has also teamed up with respected Irish developers to enable them to resume their house-building projects.

The big players in the homes market

Aug 8, 2017 2:30

Lone Star - The Texas–based group founded by billionaire financier John Grayken is understood to have invested €5bn in Irish assets in the past four years across 10 transactions. It has also teamed up with respected Irish developers to enable them to resume their house-building projects.

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Major developers are in line to receive millions of euro in taxpayers' money to help offset the cost of building homes - but there are no guarantees they will be affordable.

Taxpayer to fund developers - with no guarantees on prices

Aug 8, 2017 2:30

Major developers are in line to receive millions of euro in taxpayers' money to help offset the cost of building homes - but there are no guarantees they will be affordable.

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Four out of the five most-viewed rental properties on Daft.ie are located in Dublin.

Revealed: The most-viewed rental properties on Daft.ie (and they're not all in Dublin)

Aug 7, 2017 10:59

Four out of the five most-viewed rental properties on Daft.ie are located in Dublin.

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Families are being priced out of the property market and working couples in some areas will soon need more than a third of their take-home pay each month to service a mortgage.

Families priced out of property market as a third of income needed for mortgage

Aug 7, 2017 2:30

Families are being priced out of the property market and working couples in some areas will soon need more than a third of their take-home pay each month to service a mortgage.

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Wanted: families to move to a picturesque rural village where rent costs less than €100 a week.

The village that wants you to make the big switch - and rent is just €100 a week

Aug 7, 2017 2:30

Wanted: families to move to a picturesque rural village where rent costs less than €100 a week.

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Mad-cap is the only way to describe proposals to tax the family home if it is sold by its owners.

Batty tax plan would hit families and make crisis worse

Aug 3, 2017 2:30

Mad-cap is the only way to describe proposals to tax the family home if it is sold by its owners.

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Older people and farmers will take to the streets to protest at any move to hit families with monster tax bills when they sell their home.

Tax on family homes 'would bring protesters on to the streets'

Aug 3, 2017 2:30

Older people and farmers will take to the streets to protest at any move to hit families with monster tax bills when they sell their home.

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A big gap has opened up between the numbers getting approved to take out a mortgage and those who end up drawing one down.

Revealed: How many secured approval for mortgage - but couldn't find a home to buy

Aug 3, 2017 2:30

A big gap has opened up between the numbers getting approved to take out a mortgage and those who end up drawing one down.

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A BIG gap has opened up between the numbers getting approved to take out a mortgage and the numbers who end up drawing one down.

Gap emerges between numbers approved for mortgage and those drawing one down

Aug 2, 2017 15:56

A BIG gap has opened up between the numbers getting approved to take out a mortgage and the numbers who end up drawing one down.

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House price growth in Ireland is set to outstrip the rest of Europe this year.

Ireland to outstrip Europe for house price growth - S&P

Aug 2, 2017 2:30

House price growth in Ireland is set to outstrip the rest of Europe this year.

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Banks would have to help their own customers compare mortgage rates with rivals and make it easier to switch under new proposals from the Central Bank.

Banks will be forced to help customers to switch mortgage

Aug 2, 2017 2:30

Banks would have to help their own customers compare mortgage rates with rivals and make it easier to switch under new proposals from the Central Bank.

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House price growth in Ireland is set to outstrip the rest of Europe this year.

House price growth of 8.5pc set to outstrip rest of Europe

Aug 1, 2017 16:11

House price growth in Ireland is set to outstrip the rest of Europe this year.

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THE Central Bank is proposing new rules to force banks to make it easier for their mortgage customers to move their loan to another lender.

Banks may be forced to help mortgage holders switch lender

Aug 1, 2017 11:14

THE Central Bank is proposing new rules to force banks to make it easier for their mortgage customers to move their loan to another lender.

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A flurry of foreign investors spending big on small properties is fuelling rapid bidding wars and price growth in Dublin's plush, leafy suburbs.

How foreign cash buyers are spending big on small properties

July 30, 2017 18:00

A flurry of foreign investors spending big on small properties is fuelling rapid bidding wars and price growth in Dublin's plush, leafy suburbs.

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Similar properties on the same road in a south Dublin community have soared in value by €150,000 since late 2014.

Values soar €150,000 in less than three years on one road in capital

July 29, 2017 2:30

Similar properties on the same road in a south Dublin community have soared in value by €150,000 since late 2014.

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We might think we are out of the woods when it comes to the fallout of the last housing crash. But there is still a day of reckoning for many people based on decisions they made over a decade ago.

Day of reckoning looms for those who took out interest-only mortgages in boom era

July 27, 2017 2:30

We might think we are out of the woods when it comes to the fallout of the last housing crash. But there is still a day of reckoning for many people based on decisions they made over a decade ago.

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The price of a house rose nationwide by almost €24,000 last year.

House prices up €24,000 as figures show sharp drop in empty homes

July 26, 2017 2:30

The price of a house rose nationwide by almost €24,000 last year.

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MyHome.ie is introducing new procedures to review property advertisements that will potentially breach quality legislation.

MyHome.ie announces new procedures to tackle discriminatory property advertisements

July 21, 2017 11:18

MyHome.ie is introducing new procedures to review property advertisements that will potentially breach quality legislation.

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It's good news for house hunters as 550 units have been given the green light by planners in North Dublin.

Good news for house hunters as 550 new houses and apartments given the green light for Dublin

July 20, 2017 10:49

It's good news for house hunters as 550 units have been given the green light by planners in North Dublin.

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Initiative Ireland is aiming to finance €60m in construction loans to allow the building of 250 family homes.

Initiative Ireland aiming to finance €60m in construction loans to build 250 family homes

July 19, 2017 11:31

Initiative Ireland is aiming to finance €60m in construction loans to allow the building of 250 family homes.

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Ireland's biggest private residential landlord, Ires Reit, is set to make a financial killing on its acquisition and investment in apartments in Sandyford, in south Co Dublin.

Landlord will bag €1.6m a year from its apartment investment

July 18, 2017 2:30

Ireland's biggest private residential landlord, Ires Reit, is set to make a financial killing on its acquisition and investment in apartments in Sandyford, in south Co Dublin.

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New property millionaires are being created at a rate of a dozen a week. There are now close to 4,000 homeowners in Ireland whose property is worth €1m or more.

Ireland's 4,000 new property millionaires as house prices are up 40pc in just five years

July 18, 2017 2:30

New property millionaires are being created at a rate of a dozen a week. There are now close to 4,000 homeowners in Ireland whose property is worth €1m or more.

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Irish banks will be forced to rein in "unsustainably high" mortgage rates by 2019, Macquarie Bank has predicted in a blisteringly negative assessment on the growth prospects of the State's pillar lenders.

Macquarie predicts bleak growth prospects for Irish banks

July 18, 2017 2:30

Irish banks will be forced to rein in "unsustainably high" mortgage rates by 2019, Macquarie Bank has predicted in a blisteringly negative assessment on the growth prospects of the State's pillar lenders.

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While the number of new homes sold in the first half of the year has risen, the data from the Property Price Register (PPR) shows it is largely being driven by output in the Greater Dublin area and two cities.

Rise in the sales of new homes being driven by key locations

July 17, 2017 2:30

While the number of new homes sold in the first half of the year has risen, the data from the Property Price Register (PPR) shows it is largely being driven by output in the Greater Dublin area and two cities.

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Housebuyers are paying an extra €19,000 for their homes compared with a year ago - effectively wiping out any gain from the Government's first-time buyers' grant.

House prices increase by €19k in a year - wiping out gains from help-to-buy scheme

July 17, 2017 2:30

Housebuyers are paying an extra €19,000 for their homes compared with a year ago - effectively wiping out any gain from the Government's first-time buyers' grant.

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Average house prices rose by 11.9pc in the 12 months to April, according to the CSO. The annual rate of house-price inflation has more than doubled over the past 12 months. Yet the construction of new houses and apartments remains at very low levels.

Land hoarding is pushing up price of new houses

July 16, 2017 18:00

Average house prices rose by 11.9pc in the 12 months to April, according to the CSO. The annual rate of house-price inflation has more than doubled over the past 12 months. Yet the construction of new houses and apartments remains at very low levels.

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THIS is the plush accommodation available to students in Dublin next semester - but it's not cheap.

Watch: Peek inside the luxury student digs in Dublin where rent starts at €225 per week

July 15, 2017 6:32

THIS is the plush accommodation available to students in Dublin next semester - but it's not cheap.

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Q. When my parents died last year, they left the family home equally to their children. My portion from the sale amounts to around €76,000. I plan to pay off some debts and change my car, but I will still be left with around €38,000. Rather than put this on deposit, with rates so poor, can I put it into a pension plan and, if so, what one is the best value? I work in the leisure industry, but my employer doesn't have a pension plan.

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

July 14, 2017 2:30

Q. When my parents died last year, they left the family home equally to their children. My portion from the sale amounts to around €76,000. I plan to pay off some debts and change my car, but I will still be left with around €38,000. Rather than put this on deposit, with rates so poor, can I put it into a pension plan and, if so, what one is the best value? I work in the leisure industry, but my employer doesn't have a pension plan.

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Restrictions on the height of apartment buildings are limiting the supply of much-needed housing, Nama's chief executive has warned.

'Apartment height restrictions hinder supply - they should be 15 storeys in cities,' says Nama

July 14, 2017 2:30

Restrictions on the height of apartment buildings are limiting the supply of much-needed housing, Nama's chief executive has warned.

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The Government is opposing Fianna Fáil's proposal to set up an independent mortgage resolution office aimed at providing extra protection for householders in arrears.

Government opposes FF plan on mortgage arrears

July 13, 2017 2:30

The Government is opposing Fianna Fáil's proposal to set up an independent mortgage resolution office aimed at providing extra protection for householders in arrears.

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The State risks wasting €800m a year on rental assistance payments instead of building social housing, a new report has warned.

State risks 'wasting €800m' on rental help

July 13, 2017 2:30

The State risks wasting €800m a year on rental assistance payments instead of building social housing, a new report has warned.

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The new chairperson of the Oireachtas Budget Committee has reignited the debate on property tax, claiming that homeowners in south Co Dublin are being "disproportionately hit".

Homeowners in south Dublin are being 'disproportionately hit' by property tax - TD

July 13, 2017 2:30

The new chairperson of the Oireachtas Budget Committee has reignited the debate on property tax, claiming that homeowners in south Co Dublin are being "disproportionately hit".

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The surge in property prices has picked up pace, with a renewed increase in Dublin values.

Fresh bubble fear as property prices jump yet again

July 12, 2017 2:30

The surge in property prices has picked up pace, with a renewed increase in Dublin values.

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THE surge in property prices has picked up pace.

House prices surge by 12pc - latest CSO statistics

July 11, 2017 11:21

THE surge in property prices has picked up pace.

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A radical plan to delve into property assets to ease a future pension crisis has been outlined at the Citizens' Assembly.

State should 'claw back' money to top up pensions

July 9, 2017 2:30

A radical plan to delve into property assets to ease a future pension crisis has been outlined at the Citizens' Assembly.

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Brexit is being blamed for a massive slump in the housing market in London.

London market hit by Brexit fears

July 8, 2017 2:30

Brexit is being blamed for a massive slump in the housing market in London.

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Maureen and Ryan are happy homeowners. They have bought a new house in an estate on the outskirts of a Dublin town or suburb, but it could be close to any other city, town or village. They've paid €300,000, but as first-time buyers their plight has been eased through the €15,000 they got under the Government's Help-to-Buy scheme, which is now under review by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Happy homeowners becoming part of an 'old' community

July 8, 2017 2:30

Maureen and Ryan are happy homeowners. They have bought a new house in an estate on the outskirts of a Dublin town or suburb, but it could be close to any other city, town or village. They've paid €300,000, but as first-time buyers their plight has been eased through the €15,000 they got under the Government's Help-to-Buy scheme, which is now under review by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

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It's a solution to the housing crisis that's right under our nose.

Solution to the housing crisis is under our noses and would regenerate cities, towns and villages

July 8, 2017 2:30

It's a solution to the housing crisis that's right under our nose.

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We live in a rambling period house which we love, but it means that the usual home insurance sellers won't talk to us about cover. Our current broker is now quoting an increased rate of nearly €300 this year, taking our annual premium to over €2,000 for the first time, which is very expensive for us. Is there any other solution you can offer?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

July 7, 2017 2:30

We live in a rambling period house which we love, but it means that the usual home insurance sellers won't talk to us about cover. Our current broker is now quoting an increased rate of nearly €300 this year, taking our annual premium to over €2,000 for the first time, which is very expensive for us. Is there any other solution you can offer?

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Ibec has said that the ‘living wage’ is a fundamentally flawed concept and is the wrong way to address cost of living pressures.

Ibec blasts Living Wage as 'fundamentally flawed concept' as it increases by 20c to €11.70

July 5, 2017 13:54

Ibec has said that the ‘living wage’ is a fundamentally flawed concept and is the wrong way to address cost of living pressures.

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The controversial 'Help-To-Buy' scheme is helping drive the property market to heights not seen since the boom years.

Help-to-Buy sees average Dublin house price rise €32,000 this year

July 3, 2017 2:30

The controversial 'Help-To-Buy' scheme is helping drive the property market to heights not seen since the boom years.

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The cost of a semi-detached three bedroom home here has risen by around €24,000 in the last six months, a new report has revealed.

Revealed: How much a three bedroom semi-detached house is in each of these counties

July 2, 2017 23:59

The cost of a semi-detached three bedroom home here has risen by around €24,000 in the last six months, a new report has revealed.

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Standing in the back garden of our new home we could barely contain our excitement. After eight months of weekend viewings and spiralling bidding wars - followed by the inevitable heartbreak - we had managed to get our hands on a home... and we weren’t letting go.

'It's not the perfect home but it offers shelter from the raging bidding war' - First-time buyer couple on FINALLY getting that house

July 2, 2017 11:53

Standing in the back garden of our new home we could barely contain our excitement. After eight months of weekend viewings and spiralling bidding wars - followed by the inevitable heartbreak - we had managed to get our hands on a home... and we weren’t letting go.

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The number of new and second-hand houses changing hands has collapsed in recent months, with only 324 transactions being registered in the first half of June.

House sales grind to near halt in first half of 2017

July 2, 2017 18:00

The number of new and second-hand houses changing hands has collapsed in recent months, with only 324 transactions being registered in the first half of June.

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As the founder of the New Land League, Jerry Beades has defended distressed borrowers against banks seeking to repossess their property.

Land League chief leads hot pursuit of debts in Qatar

July 2, 2017 18:00

As the founder of the New Land League, Jerry Beades has defended distressed borrowers against banks seeking to repossess their property.

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The number of people approved for a mortgage surged by a third last month, driven largely by first-time buyers.

First-time buyers are driving surge in mortgage approvals

June 30, 2017 2:30

The number of people approved for a mortgage surged by a third last month, driven largely by first-time buyers.

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House prices are shooting up by €2,000 a month and are now almost 12pc higher than they were a year ago.

House prices to rise for up to 10 years - property report

June 30, 2017 2:30

House prices are shooting up by €2,000 a month and are now almost 12pc higher than they were a year ago.

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The number of people approved for a mortgage surged by a third last month, driven largely by first-time buyers.

Surge in mortgage approvals looks set to fuel house price increases

June 29, 2017 10:59

The number of people approved for a mortgage surged by a third last month, driven largely by first-time buyers.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is to meet with local authorities in the coming weeks to ensure they have sufficient resources to complete building inspections in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy which has claimed at least 80 lives.

Review of funding for fire safety inspections after Grenfell blaze

June 29, 2017 2:30

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is to meet with local authorities in the coming weeks to ensure they have sufficient resources to complete building inspections in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy which has claimed at least 80 lives.

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Property owners could be offered local authority loans to bring vacant homes back into use and help tackle the housing crisis.

Loan scheme aims to bring vacant homes into use

June 29, 2017 2:30

Property owners could be offered local authority loans to bring vacant homes back into use and help tackle the housing crisis.

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There is "no evidence" short-term lettings such as Airbnb directly affect the housing crisis, which should be addressed by using vacant homes, according to a leading economist.

Airbnb-style lettings 'have no effect' on housing crisis

June 29, 2017 2:30

There is "no evidence" short-term lettings such as Airbnb directly affect the housing crisis, which should be addressed by using vacant homes, according to a leading economist.

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On Thursday evening, the Dáil accepted a Green Party motion to improve regulation of building standards and quality, implement a remedial scheme to assist homeowners resolve serious structural and safety issues resulting from defective building standards, and also provide new legal rights to protect home buyers.

Greater regulation of our building standards would make it easier to fund social housing

June 26, 2017 2:30

On Thursday evening, the Dáil accepted a Green Party motion to improve regulation of building standards and quality, implement a remedial scheme to assist homeowners resolve serious structural and safety issues resulting from defective building standards, and also provide new legal rights to protect home buyers.

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Construction work has yet to begin on some 23,000 homes in the capital despite full planning permission being in place.

Work has yet to start on 23,000 homes in capital which have permission

June 26, 2017 2:30

Construction work has yet to begin on some 23,000 homes in the capital despite full planning permission being in place.

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Brexit is damaging recovery in the regional property market with Donegal particularly impacted by uncertainty following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Brexit is stalling recovery in the Border housing market

June 26, 2017 2:30

Brexit is damaging recovery in the regional property market with Donegal particularly impacted by uncertainty following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

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Mortgages are squeezing out cash buyers in large numbers for the first time since the downturn, helping drive house price rises to boom-time levels across swathes of the country.

Rush for mortgages is pushing up prices faster than in boom

June 26, 2017 2:30

Mortgages are squeezing out cash buyers in large numbers for the first time since the downturn, helping drive house price rises to boom-time levels across swathes of the country.

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We threw it away. Measures introduced two-and-a-half years ago by the Central Bank to curb runaway property inflation were only ever a temporary stop-gap. The aim was to control prices to buy time to enable the State to fast-track housing development in a market which is now seeing the worst supply levels in a lifetime. It was plenty of time.

Comment: Relaxing deposit rules just not an option, even if it means families must save up €83,000

June 26, 2017 2:30

We threw it away. Measures introduced two-and-a-half years ago by the Central Bank to curb runaway property inflation were only ever a temporary stop-gap. The aim was to control prices to buy time to enable the State to fast-track housing development in a market which is now seeing the worst supply levels in a lifetime. It was plenty of time.

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There has been much talk this past week - following Minister Eoghan Murphy's comments about help-to-buy - that July will be a bumper month for the housing market. In particular, the new minister talked about help-to-buy being reviewed and potentially scrapped if it is found that the scheme is pushing up house prices.

The clue is in the title - a housing boom needs housing

June 25, 2017 18:30

There has been much talk this past week - following Minister Eoghan Murphy's comments about help-to-buy - that July will be a bumper month for the housing market. In particular, the new minister talked about help-to-buy being reviewed and potentially scrapped if it is found that the scheme is pushing up house prices.

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It really does look like bye bye to Simon Coveney's Help-to-Buy scheme for first-time house buyers. Coveney's successor, Eoghan Murphy, didn't waste any time signalling that this particular waste of public money would be coming to an end in the autumn budget.

Richard Curran: Time to say bye bye to ill-conceived Help-to-Buy housing scheme

June 25, 2017 18:00

It really does look like bye bye to Simon Coveney's Help-to-Buy scheme for first-time house buyers. Coveney's successor, Eoghan Murphy, didn't waste any time signalling that this particular waste of public money would be coming to an end in the autumn budget.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been warned that further interference in the property market and prematurely ending the help-to-buy scheme will inflate property prices and demand for housing.

More bad news for house-hunters as property prices set to soar in July thanks to 'interference'

June 25, 2017 18:31

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been warned that further interference in the property market and prematurely ending the help-to-buy scheme will inflate property prices and demand for housing.

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My brother and I are investing in a regulated property fund based in the IFSC. Although we're satisfied that it's well run by a reputable firm, we're both concerned at the limit on insurance should something go wrong with the company. Both of us were burned in the Custom House Capital failure. The State guarantee is only €20,000. Is there any way we can cushion ourselves should something similar happen?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

June 23, 2017 2:30

My brother and I are investing in a regulated property fund based in the IFSC. Although we're satisfied that it's well run by a reputable firm, we're both concerned at the limit on insurance should something go wrong with the company. Both of us were burned in the Custom House Capital failure. The State guarantee is only €20,000. Is there any way we can cushion ourselves should something similar happen?

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Irish homes are spending less on food and more on mortgage repayments and rent, latest official figures reveal.

Irish homes spending more on mortgages and rent - and less on food

June 21, 2017 13:12

Irish homes are spending less on food and more on mortgage repayments and rent, latest official figures reveal.

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'I want to pass on a couple of Dublin city apartments I own to my sons tax-free. Is this possible?'

June 21, 2017 12:13

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An advertisement for €700-a-month log cabins has been removed after a backlash.

Would you pay €700 a month to live in a log cabin in Coveney's constituency?

June 21, 2017 2:30

An advertisement for €700-a-month log cabins has been removed after a backlash.

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A recovery in the housing sector to meet new and pent-up demand risks undermining the public finances if not managed properly, the Fiscal Advisory Council has warned.

Tax take from housing 'could cause public finance issues'

June 21, 2017 2:30

A recovery in the housing sector to meet new and pent-up demand risks undermining the public finances if not managed properly, the Fiscal Advisory Council has warned.

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Catholics are continuing to experience the longest waiting times for social housing in Northern Ireland, according to a new report by the Equality Commission (ECNI).

Catholics wait six months longer for social housing in the North

June 20, 2017 2:30

Catholics are continuing to experience the longest waiting times for social housing in Northern Ireland, according to a new report by the Equality Commission (ECNI).

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The Government's help-to-buy programme has "failed miserably" according to Fianna Fáil - with a leading housing expert calling for it to be scrapped.

'Help-to-buy scheme failed miserably' - Fianna Fáil

June 19, 2017 2:30

The Government's help-to-buy programme has "failed miserably" according to Fianna Fáil - with a leading housing expert calling for it to be scrapped.

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If there is one thing investors do not like, it is uncertainty - and Brexit clearly makes the investment landscape more unpredictable. Will there be a hard Brexit? How will trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland be impacted? What will happen to property prices and sterling? These are just some of the questions that are top of investors' minds.

British property and sterling could be biggest casualties of Brexit

June 18, 2017 18:00

If there is one thing investors do not like, it is uncertainty - and Brexit clearly makes the investment landscape more unpredictable. Will there be a hard Brexit? How will trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland be impacted? What will happen to property prices and sterling? These are just some of the questions that are top of investors' minds.

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Bank of Ireland's move to cut some of its mortgage rates and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission's call for greater competition in the mortgage market are likely to make it more difficult for the banks to keep widening their net interest margins.

Are greedy mortgage lenders about to see enormous margins squeezed?

June 18, 2017 18:00

Bank of Ireland's move to cut some of its mortgage rates and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission's call for greater competition in the mortgage market are likely to make it more difficult for the banks to keep widening their net interest margins.

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The most notable feature of the Irish residential market during the opening months of 2017 was the increase in activity in the first-time buyer cohort. This follows the introduction of several Government initiatives during 2016, largely targeting this group of buyers. The newly implemented help-to-buy incentive has witnessed a high applicant level during the first quarter.

Low stock in Cork brings challenges

June 19, 2017 2:30

The most notable feature of the Irish residential market during the opening months of 2017 was the increase in activity in the first-time buyer cohort. This follows the introduction of several Government initiatives during 2016, largely targeting this group of buyers. The newly implemented help-to-buy incentive has witnessed a high applicant level during the first quarter.

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Over the past few years a casual observer of the landscape of some of our more salubrious streets and suburbs would have seen some far-from-subtle changes.

Money moves in on streets of big change

June 18, 2017 18:57

Over the past few years a casual observer of the landscape of some of our more salubrious streets and suburbs would have seen some far-from-subtle changes.

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It's little surprise that Ireland's new wave of construction has been met with fear. Ugly, ill thought-out buildings and bad planning destroy cities. Two decades of this has left Ireland despoiled with ghost estates, monotonous residential developments on Dublin's commuter belt and shabbily built blocks of flats.

The sky's the limit - but as with all property, it's about the right location

June 18, 2017 18:56

It's little surprise that Ireland's new wave of construction has been met with fear. Ugly, ill thought-out buildings and bad planning destroy cities. Two decades of this has left Ireland despoiled with ghost estates, monotonous residential developments on Dublin's commuter belt and shabbily built blocks of flats.

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House prices in one of Dublin's most salubrious suburbs could take an unexpected dip if a number of new 'supersize' developments get the go-ahead.

Residents feel under siege by city's 'supersize' developments

June 18, 2017 18:56

House prices in one of Dublin's most salubrious suburbs could take an unexpected dip if a number of new 'supersize' developments get the go-ahead.

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Fianna Fáil has accused Fine Gael of being responsible for an "explosion of rent" as well as the construction of "unsafe fire traps" across the country.

Fine Gael is blamed for 'unsafe buildings'

June 17, 2017 2:30

Fianna Fáil has accused Fine Gael of being responsible for an "explosion of rent" as well as the construction of "unsafe fire traps" across the country.

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Up to 20 people are staying at a Dublin premises which has been described in the High Court as a potential fire danger and a risk to the general public as well as those living there.

Premises court ruled 'a fire danger' still has 20 people living in it

June 17, 2017 2:30

Up to 20 people are staying at a Dublin premises which has been described in the High Court as a potential fire danger and a risk to the general public as well as those living there.

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The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says that even before the Grenfell Tower fire in London, there had been "major concerns" over fire safety in multi-unit dwellings in Ireland, particularly those built between 2000 and 2008.

Fears as many as 70pc of apartments built here between 2000 and 2008 are fire deficient

June 17, 2017 2:30

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says that even before the Grenfell Tower fire in London, there had been "major concerns" over fire safety in multi-unit dwellings in Ireland, particularly those built between 2000 and 2008.

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I own a flat in Dublin purchased in 1986 at €70,000, now valued around €350,000. If I sell now, I understand I will be liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT). But can I then gift the amount from the sale to my son within his limit for Gift Tax or bypass this altogether by gifting the flat directly to him?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

June 16, 2017 2:30

I own a flat in Dublin purchased in 1986 at €70,000, now valued around €350,000. If I sell now, I understand I will be liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT). But can I then gift the amount from the sale to my son within his limit for Gift Tax or bypass this altogether by gifting the flat directly to him?

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If you are one of the 300,000 non-tracker mortgage holders who is paying around €150 to €200 a month in excessive interest rates, you won't get much comfort from reading the report on mortgage rates published yesterday by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

It's time to shout 'stop' on excessive charges

June 16, 2017 2:30

If you are one of the 300,000 non-tracker mortgage holders who is paying around €150 to €200 a month in excessive interest rates, you won't get much comfort from reading the report on mortgage rates published yesterday by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

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The State's consumer protection body has fired a warning shot across the bows of banks that use cashback deals and loyalty discounts to compete for mortgage customers.

Banks warned over cashback mortgage deals

June 16, 2017 2:30

The State's consumer protection body has fired a warning shot across the bows of banks that use cashback deals and loyalty discounts to compete for mortgage customers.

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A state-rescued bank has cut its fixed mortgage rates after being accused of exploiting its customers.

Bank accused of 'gouging' loyal customers cuts its fixed rates

June 15, 2017 2:30

A state-rescued bank has cut its fixed mortgage rates after being accused of exploiting its customers.

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House prices are not overvalued here even if they are rising strongly, the Central Bank has said.

House prices here are not overvalued, insists the Central Bank

June 15, 2017 2:30

House prices are not overvalued here even if they are rising strongly, the Central Bank has said.

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Rental costs have continued to increase but there are signs that the rises may be moderating.

Rate of rent rises is 'moderating' as pressure zone rules take effect

June 15, 2017 2:30

Rental costs have continued to increase but there are signs that the rises may be moderating.

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None of Dublin City Council's four under-construction 'rapid- build' home schemes will be completed by the end of the month as planned.

Rapid-build homes facing deadline delay

June 13, 2017 2:30

None of Dublin City Council's four under-construction 'rapid- build' home schemes will be completed by the end of the month as planned.

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The principals of Irish investment firm FL Partners are understood to be exploring social housing projects worth €50m in Dundalk and Clonmel.

Investment firm FL Partners in €50m social housing plan

June 11, 2017 18:00

The principals of Irish investment firm FL Partners are understood to be exploring social housing projects worth €50m in Dundalk and Clonmel.

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Property investor and developer Foxglove Finance expects to fund 350 residential units over the next 12 months.

Developer Foxglove Finance out to deliver 350 completed homes

June 11, 2017 18:00

Property investor and developer Foxglove Finance expects to fund 350 residential units over the next 12 months.

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The housing market is getting more confused than ever. Luminaries such as the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC), the OECD and outgoing finance minister Michael Noonan all waded in on the debate this week about whether there is a bubble.

Richard Curran: More groundwork needed on how to combat housing bubble fears

June 11, 2017 18:00

The housing market is getting more confused than ever. Luminaries such as the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC), the OECD and outgoing finance minister Michael Noonan all waded in on the debate this week about whether there is a bubble.

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