MORE than 100 families and investors lost their houses due to banks denying them a low-cost tracker.

Revealed: More than 100 families and investors lost their homes in tracker mortgage scandal

Oct 17, 2017 12:00

MORE than 100 families and investors lost their houses due to banks denying them a low-cost tracker.

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Councils have been given until the end of the month to seal deals with developers to provide affordable homes in return for State funding.

Councils must seal affordable homes deals by end of month

Oct 16, 2017 2:30

Councils have been given until the end of the month to seal deals with developers to provide affordable homes in return for State funding.

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A not-for-profit housing body is in advanced talks with several banks to secure €500m backing to buy rental properties in arrears to prevent tenants being evicted.

Hall in €500m bid to stop eviction of buy-to-let tenants

Oct 15, 2017 23:02

A not-for-profit housing body is in advanced talks with several banks to secure €500m backing to buy rental properties in arrears to prevent tenants being evicted.

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The tracker mortgage scandal has been making headlines again in recent days as the issue is being examined by an Oireachtas committee. Here is everything you need to know about tracker mortgages and what went wrong for many who had them.

Explainer: What is the tracker mortgage scandal and who is affected?

Oct 13, 2017 8:27

The tracker mortgage scandal has been making headlines again in recent days as the issue is being examined by an Oireachtas committee. Here is everything you need to know about tracker mortgages and what went wrong for many who had them.

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FRIDAY 13th may be considered unlucky by the superstitious, but homes with that door number are cheaper.

Revealed: How 'unlucky' 13 can help you secure a cheaper home

Oct 13, 2017 2:25

FRIDAY 13th may be considered unlucky by the superstitious, but homes with that door number are cheaper.

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Property prices in Dublin have almost doubled since the market hit a low.

House prices soar 83pc in the capital

Oct 13, 2017 2:30

Property prices in Dublin have almost doubled since the market hit a low.

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People have died by suicide because banks took their tracker mortgages away, forcing them to pay too much, it was claimed.

'The bank have taken a huge part of our lives away from us' - families reveal devastation caused by tracker scandal

Oct 13, 2017 2:30

People have died by suicide because banks took their tracker mortgages away, forcing them to pay too much, it was claimed.

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Permanent TSB is expected to attract strong interest from debt markets when it refinances another €500m tranche of performing loans next week as bond market investors swoop on deals offering a positive yield.

Investors set to pile into PTSB auction

Oct 12, 2017 2:30

Permanent TSB is expected to attract strong interest from debt markets when it refinances another €500m tranche of performing loans next week as bond market investors swoop on deals offering a positive yield.

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The increase in the vacant sites levy could result in at least an additional €16m for the State if property owners fail to develop the sites after the first year.

Vacant site levy may raise extra €16m for State

Oct 12, 2017 2:30

The increase in the vacant sites levy could result in at least an additional €16m for the State if property owners fail to develop the sites after the first year.

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A €750M fund for builders, an ­ additional €75m to open up sites for residential development, and 3,800 new social homes in 2018 are among the main housing measures announced in Budget 2018.

Housing: More cash for new homes as Government sets out 'priority'

Oct 11, 2017 2:30

A €750M fund for builders, an ­ additional €75m to open up sites for residential development, and 3,800 new social homes in 2018 are among the main housing measures announced in Budget 2018.

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It would take a special type of fool to fall for anything you hear in the Budget as being "in your favour".

Why are people who work and are ambitious in life still being milked?

Oct 11, 2017 2:30

It would take a special type of fool to fall for anything you hear in the Budget as being "in your favour".

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Tens of thousands of families will see the benefits from cuts in the USC and income tax rates severely reduced by the abolition of mortgage interest relief.

Cut in mortgage interest relief will reduce tax gains

Oct 11, 2017 2:30

Tens of thousands of families will see the benefits from cuts in the USC and income tax rates severely reduced by the abolition of mortgage interest relief.

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There is no evidence that the controversial Help-to-Buy scheme for first-time buyers is leading to an increase in house prices or new supply, a report commissioned by the Government says - but it will be "vital" that prices are carefully monitored.

No proof Help-to-Buy fuels prices - report

Oct 11, 2017 2:30

There is no evidence that the controversial Help-to-Buy scheme for first-time buyers is leading to an increase in house prices or new supply, a report commissioned by the Government says - but it will be "vital" that prices are carefully monitored.

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Existing customers of EBS are set to be disappointed as the lender confirmed it is not cutting its variable rate.

EBS cuts its fixed rates - but not its variables

Oct 9, 2017 2:30

Existing customers of EBS are set to be disappointed as the lender confirmed it is not cutting its variable rate.

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As Budget day approaches we have had lots of speculation that Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe might use some tax levers to get more houses built more quickly.

Budget will need more stick than carrot to fix the housing crisis

Oct 8, 2017 18:00

As Budget day approaches we have had lots of speculation that Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe might use some tax levers to get more houses built more quickly.

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Prior to September, KBC Bank's app took 26 steps to open an account. A new and improved app launched last month reduced that process down to five steps. Next on the horizon is mortgages which can be approved in three hours.

KBC working towards three-hour approvals for mortgages

Oct 8, 2017 18:00

Prior to September, KBC Bank's app took 26 steps to open an account. A new and improved app launched last month reduced that process down to five steps. Next on the horizon is mortgages which can be approved in three hours.

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Homeowners could save as much as €133,000 on their mortgage by switching to a cheaper lender, an analysis by mortgage brokers Dowling Financial and the Sunday Independent has found.

How to save a six-figure sum on your mortgage repayment

Oct 8, 2017 18:00

Homeowners could save as much as €133,000 on their mortgage by switching to a cheaper lender, an analysis by mortgage brokers Dowling Financial and the Sunday Independent has found.

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The former deputy governor of the Central Bank has described the Help-to-Buy scheme for prospective homeowners as "a mad idea".

Help-to-Buy is 'a mad idea' - former Central Bank official

Oct 6, 2017 2:30

The former deputy governor of the Central Bank has described the Help-to-Buy scheme for prospective homeowners as "a mad idea".

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A mortgage price war has broken out after a second lender cut its variable and fixed rates.

Good news for house hunters as mortgage rate war 'on the horizon'

Oct 6, 2017 2:30

A mortgage price war has broken out after a second lender cut its variable and fixed rates.

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Lender Haven has cut its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers.

Haven cuts its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers

Oct 5, 2017 9:21

Lender Haven has cut its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers.

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Real pressure points are forming in the economy. The favourable winds that helped bring our unemployment rate down from 15pc in 2011 to below 7pc now are shifting.

Economy will suffer unless we can make Ireland a better place to live and work

Oct 5, 2017 2:30

Real pressure points are forming in the economy. The favourable winds that helped bring our unemployment rate down from 15pc in 2011 to below 7pc now are shifting.

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The average mortgage loan is now creeping back to near peak levels, the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) has said.

Mortgage loans are creeping back near their peak

Oct 5, 2017 2:30

The average mortgage loan is now creeping back to near peak levels, the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) has said.

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Estate agent Sherry Fitzgerald has called for "significant Government intervention" to bring about stability to the housing market.

'Significant Government intervention' needed to tackle the housing crisis – Sherry Fitzgerald

Oct 3, 2017 9:04

Estate agent Sherry Fitzgerald has called for "significant Government intervention" to bring about stability to the housing market.

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People with tracker mortgages are highly vulnerable to rises in interest rates despite having a low-cost loan.

People with tracker mortgages vulnerable to rises in interest rates despite low cost loan

Oct 2, 2017 17:17

People with tracker mortgages are highly vulnerable to rises in interest rates despite having a low-cost loan.

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Glenveagh Properties is set to build 1,000 per year by 2020, and 2,000 homes in the long term.

Glenveagh Properties to build 2,000 homes

Oct 2, 2017 8:36

Glenveagh Properties is set to build 1,000 per year by 2020, and 2,000 homes in the long term.

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Using Eircodes to identify properties would help provide better data on house completions, vacancy rates, prices and average rents, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) boss Pádraig Dalton says.

Using Eircodes could provide new property data to address the crisis

Oct 2, 2017 2:30

Using Eircodes to identify properties would help provide better data on house completions, vacancy rates, prices and average rents, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) boss Pádraig Dalton says.

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The early introduction of a vacant site tax to encourage builders to use development land is set to be tabled by a powerful Dáil committee as Budget talks enter their final week.

Bring in vacant site tax now - we can't wait until 2019, Donohoe to be warned

Oct 2, 2017 2:30

The early introduction of a vacant site tax to encourage builders to use development land is set to be tabled by a powerful Dáil committee as Budget talks enter their final week.

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David Hall has a simple answer to those who criticise his new deal with AIB that attempts to keep struggling borrowers in their homes: "Even Jesus Christ couldn't restructure these mortgages."

AIB homes deal: a new dawn for struggling borrowers or unfair help?

Oct 1, 2017 18:00

David Hall has a simple answer to those who criticise his new deal with AIB that attempts to keep struggling borrowers in their homes: "Even Jesus Christ couldn't restructure these mortgages."

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AN Architect, who designed and built his own house nine years ago for 25,000, has said the building has been "very good and enjoyable" to live in with his two teenage children and his wife.

Meet the architect who built a three-bedroom house for his family... for €25,000

Sep 29, 2017 10:59

AN Architect, who designed and built his own house nine years ago for 25,000, has said the building has been "very good and enjoyable" to live in with his two teenage children and his wife.

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KBC Bank Ireland said it is unlikely to meet a Central Bank deadline for reporting on the number of customers affected by over charging on tracker mortgages.

Number of homes lost in tracker loans scandal rises

Sep 29, 2017 2:30

KBC Bank Ireland said it is unlikely to meet a Central Bank deadline for reporting on the number of customers affected by over charging on tracker mortgages.

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The enhanced mortgage-to-rent scheme launched by mortgage campaigner David Hall offers hope to thousands of families trapped in an arrears nightmare.

Q&A: Those who opt for the scheme will lose ownership of their homes, but won't have to move

Sep 28, 2017 2:30

The enhanced mortgage-to-rent scheme launched by mortgage campaigner David Hall offers hope to thousands of families trapped in an arrears nightmare.

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Moves by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to scrap the 'Help-to-Buy' scheme may be in doubt after the State-backed lender charged with ramping up house building endorsed the policy.

Reprieve for 'Help-to-Buy' scheme on cards after backing

Sep 28, 2017 2:30

Moves by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to scrap the 'Help-to-Buy' scheme may be in doubt after the State-backed lender charged with ramping up house building endorsed the policy.

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The number of people getting the go-ahead from the banks to buy a home has continued to rise.

More people getting go-ahead to borrow to buy home as mortgage approval numbers soar

Sep 27, 2017 10:53

The number of people getting the go-ahead from the banks to buy a home has continued to rise.

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Families who are in deep arrears have been given fresh hope that they will be able to stay in their homes - as renters.

Families who can't pay mortgage to rent back their homes in new deal

Sep 27, 2017 2:30

Families who are in deep arrears have been given fresh hope that they will be able to stay in their homes - as renters.

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Over 10,000 people have contacted a new national database aimed at recording and utilising Ireland's stock of vacant houses.

Over 10,000 contact new empty houses database with vacant property data across Ireland

Sep 26, 2017 14:12

Over 10,000 people have contacted a new national database aimed at recording and utilising Ireland's stock of vacant houses.

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In some Dublin areas it has become twice as expensive to rent as it is to buy, and renters are moving back in with their parents in increasing numbers in a move to try get on the property ladder.

Renters paying twice as much as mortgage holders

Sep 26, 2017 7:45

In some Dublin areas it has become twice as expensive to rent as it is to buy, and renters are moving back in with their parents in increasing numbers in a move to try get on the property ladder.

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The average three bed semi-detached house nationally has risen by 3.1pc to €221,843 since June, as the housing crisis continues to grow.

Revealed: The price of a three-bed semi-detached house is rising by €500 a week

Sep 25, 2017 7:03

The average three bed semi-detached house nationally has risen by 3.1pc to €221,843 since June, as the housing crisis continues to grow.

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The price of an average semi-detached Dublin home is €1,300 more than it was just one week ago, as the property crisis continues to escalate.

Homes are beyond the reach of normal working families

Sep 25, 2017 2:30

The price of an average semi-detached Dublin home is €1,300 more than it was just one week ago, as the property crisis continues to escalate.

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In 1957, aged just 18, Galwegian Peter Walsh travelled with the first-ever Irish team to enter the WorldSkills competition in Madrid for skilled tradesmen.

Get Ireland building again: can we reform our way out of crisis?

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

In 1957, aged just 18, Galwegian Peter Walsh travelled with the first-ever Irish team to enter the WorldSkills competition in Madrid for skilled tradesmen.

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Ceire Sadlier is a freelance writer. She is currently renting a house in Donnycarney with her husband and two children. They also rent out an apartment for what she describes herself as "obnoxious money", but says it still does not quite cover the costs of owning it.

'It's obnoxious, the rent we are getting from our apartment, yet it doesn't quite cover the costs of owning it'

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

Ceire Sadlier is a freelance writer. She is currently renting a house in Donnycarney with her husband and two children. They also rent out an apartment for what she describes herself as "obnoxious money", but says it still does not quite cover the costs of owning it.

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David and Jennifer (their full names are withheld) believed a move from Dublin back to their native Cork would help them on to the next phase of their lives.

It's hard to believe we have ended up like this...

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

David and Jennifer (their full names are withheld) believed a move from Dublin back to their native Cork would help them on to the next phase of their lives.

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2007 There are signs that all is not well in the property market - new developments aren't selling out, buyers are pulling out of sales and a daft.ie report indicates a slowdown in prices in the second quarter of the year. But vested interests are still talking a buoyant game and not everyone is happy with those who question the strength of the market. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern puts it bluntly: "Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity… I don't know how people who engage in that don't commit suicide."

Timeline: Ten years of chaos

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

2007 There are signs that all is not well in the property market - new developments aren't selling out, buyers are pulling out of sales and a daft.ie report indicates a slowdown in prices in the second quarter of the year. But vested interests are still talking a buoyant game and not everyone is happy with those who question the strength of the market. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern puts it bluntly: "Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity… I don't know how people who engage in that don't commit suicide."

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Ihave decided to start a matchmaking agency. To sign up there's no heavily-filtered selfie or witty/flirtatious description of your interests required. Instead, I'll be looking for people who are in full-time, permanent employment with a clean credit rating and no loans. Those with a history of regular rent payments and a steady build up of savings are highly sought after. Sensible spender to boot? That's the new sexy.

To realise that having your own castle might be an impossibility is a bitter pill to swallow

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

Ihave decided to start a matchmaking agency. To sign up there's no heavily-filtered selfie or witty/flirtatious description of your interests required. Instead, I'll be looking for people who are in full-time, permanent employment with a clean credit rating and no loans. Those with a history of regular rent payments and a steady build up of savings are highly sought after. Sensible spender to boot? That's the new sexy.

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You only have to look at the raw statistics to see that Ireland is in the depths of a housing crisis that affects wide swathes of society - from the unemployed struggling to get by, to professional people in well-paid steady jobs.

No homes to go to

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

You only have to look at the raw statistics to see that Ireland is in the depths of a housing crisis that affects wide swathes of society - from the unemployed struggling to get by, to professional people in well-paid steady jobs.

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Just 130 new social houses have been delivered from a total of almost 3,000 promised more than 18 months ago - with 630 under construction.

Just 130 houses have been built from a tranche of 3,000 promised last year

Sep 23, 2017 2:30

Just 130 new social houses have been delivered from a total of almost 3,000 promised more than 18 months ago - with 630 under construction.

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The Government is considering using taxpayers' money to buy property 'off the plans' from developers on a large scale, in order to convince them to build.

Developers could be paid upfront by the Government in bid to kick-start building

Sep 23, 2017 2:30

The Government is considering using taxpayers' money to buy property 'off the plans' from developers on a large scale, in order to convince them to build.

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The construction sector is booming and demand for new property is being met. That statement refers to the commercial property sector. It does not apply to the housing side of the industry, which is malfunctioning badly. That, in turn, is creating difficulties and distress for a growing share of the population.

From lack of housing to soaring rents - how to fix the housing crisis revealed

Sep 24, 2017 2:30

The construction sector is booming and demand for new property is being met. That statement refers to the commercial property sector. It does not apply to the housing side of the industry, which is malfunctioning badly. That, in turn, is creating difficulties and distress for a growing share of the population.

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Thousands of people face being caught in a "mortgage for life" trap where they must still pay off their home loan after retirement.

Mortgage for life: Thousands will have to pay mortgages well into their retirement

Sep 22, 2017 2:30

Thousands of people face being caught in a "mortgage for life" trap where they must still pay off their home loan after retirement.

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The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has warned it may look for higher pay increases for workers to cope with the rising housing costs.

Unions eyeing higher pay rises so workers can cope with the cost of housing

Sep 21, 2017 2:30

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has warned it may look for higher pay increases for workers to cope with the rising housing costs.

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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.

Mortgage war intensifies with KBC offering 10 year fixed rate

Sep 20, 2017 2:30

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.

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Two new towns have been designated rent pressure zones as the average cost rose by 6.6pc in the year to June.

Two new towns designated 'rent pressure zones' as costs soar 6.6pc

Sep 20, 2017 2:30

Two new towns have been designated rent pressure zones as the average cost rose by 6.6pc in the year to June.

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The Department of Housing is set to spend up to €60,000 studying renters to find out who wants to buy and who is happy to continue renting, Independent.ie has learned.

Revealed: Why the Government is about to spend €60k studying renters

Sep 16, 2017 13:00

The Department of Housing is set to spend up to €60,000 studying renters to find out who wants to buy and who is happy to continue renting, Independent.ie has learned.

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Mortgage lenders will now have to cut their rates in response to AIB reducing its variable, fixed and loan-to-value rates, experts said.

Mortgage wars: Rival banks expected to reduce rates in response to AIB cuts

Sep 16, 2017 2:30

Mortgage lenders will now have to cut their rates in response to AIB reducing its variable, fixed and loan-to-value rates, experts said.

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Around five years ago I loaned my son €48,000 to pay off his ex-wife so he could stay in their marital home. I agreed not to charge him interest, but it was always the understanding he would pay me back when he sold the apartment, which was his intention once prices rose.

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Sep 15, 2017 2:30

Around five years ago I loaned my son €48,000 to pay off his ex-wife so he could stay in their marital home. I agreed not to charge him interest, but it was always the understanding he would pay me back when he sold the apartment, which was his intention once prices rose.

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Northern Ireland's largest home-builder, Lagan Homes, is set to tap into huge latent demand for houses in the Republic as it plans to enter the market south of the Border next year, the Irish Independent has learned.

NI's Lagan Homes sets its sights on the Republic

Sep 14, 2017 2:30

Northern Ireland's largest home-builder, Lagan Homes, is set to tap into huge latent demand for houses in the Republic as it plans to enter the market south of the Border next year, the Irish Independent has learned.

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The rate of growth in the Irish construction sector is at its slowest in 29 months, dragged down by a continuing decline in civil engineering activity.

Rate of growth in building sector at 29-month low

Sep 11, 2017 2:30

The rate of growth in the Irish construction sector is at its slowest in 29 months, dragged down by a continuing decline in civil engineering activity.

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Are you trying to save in the hope of securing a mortgage - but confused about what lies ahead?

Red flags and hidden costs: Need-to-know tips for the first-time buyer applying for a mortgage

Sep 10, 2017 8:07

Are you trying to save in the hope of securing a mortgage - but confused about what lies ahead?

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Lining up property to provide for your retirement might seem like a clever idea - particularly given the recent recovery in the market and the steep rent being pocketed by many of today's landlords. For many people, a bricks-and-mortar investment is easier to understand than the vagaries of the stock market and this can sometimes increase the appeal of property as an investment.

Hidden dangers of funding your retirement through property

Sep 10, 2017 18:00

Lining up property to provide for your retirement might seem like a clever idea - particularly given the recent recovery in the market and the steep rent being pocketed by many of today's landlords. For many people, a bricks-and-mortar investment is easier to understand than the vagaries of the stock market and this can sometimes increase the appeal of property as an investment.

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More than 400 of Ireland's 'Lost Generation', many with significant cash savings for a down-payment on a new house, are returning home each week.

They're back, cash rich and want a home

Sep 10, 2017 20:58

More than 400 of Ireland's 'Lost Generation', many with significant cash savings for a down-payment on a new house, are returning home each week.

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The Government has been given the green light to use controversial compulsory purchase order powers to force the owners of more than 180,000 vacant homes to sell or rent their properties, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

AG clears way for forced sales of vacant homes

Sep 10, 2017 20:30

The Government has been given the green light to use controversial compulsory purchase order powers to force the owners of more than 180,000 vacant homes to sell or rent their properties, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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Louise Meade bought an apartment in February 2017 - she writes about her experience as a first-time buyer:

'With rent at the moment...people will never be able to get ahead' - First time buyer couple 'wanted to live together' but stayed at home to save deposit

Sep 11, 2017 2:30

Louise Meade bought an apartment in February 2017 - she writes about her experience as a first-time buyer:

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On the hunt for a new home? Narrow down the search with our guide to new homes schemes around the country.

Your easy-to-use guide to the brand new house scheme launches countrywide

Sep 11, 2017 2:30

On the hunt for a new home? Narrow down the search with our guide to new homes schemes around the country.

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It's a rosier outlook for new home buyers this year than last, with supply beginning to increase as a result of the Help to Buy scheme. However, the number of new developments still falls far short of demand.

The essential new home buyers' guide

Sep 11, 2017 2:30

It's a rosier outlook for new home buyers this year than last, with supply beginning to increase as a result of the Help to Buy scheme. However, the number of new developments still falls far short of demand.

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Irish banks have been quietly trying to deal with their dirty secret since 2015. It relates to the way they ripped off up to 15,000 of their customers by wrongly denying them access to tracker mortgages.

No justice for tracker victims while banks left to investigate 'dirty secret' themselves

Sep 7, 2017 2:30

Irish banks have been quietly trying to deal with their dirty secret since 2015. It relates to the way they ripped off up to 15,000 of their customers by wrongly denying them access to tracker mortgages.

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Permanent TSB is writing to buy-to-let investors who are in arrears, telling them that if they sell their properties the bank will write off any residual debt.

Bank to write off debts for landlords willing to sell their properties

Sep 6, 2017 11:31

Permanent TSB is writing to buy-to-let investors who are in arrears, telling them that if they sell their properties the bank will write off any residual debt.

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Support schemes to underpin growth in the Irish housing market "are a good thing", but should not create short-term spikes in demand or pricing, the CEO of builders merchanting giant Grafton has warned.

Government must not create house price spike - Slark

Sep 4, 2017 2:30

Support schemes to underpin growth in the Irish housing market "are a good thing", but should not create short-term spikes in demand or pricing, the CEO of builders merchanting giant Grafton has warned.

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The tracker mortgage scandal is set to widen again.

Tracker mortgage scandal grows as 20,000 affected

Sep 4, 2017 2:30

The tracker mortgage scandal is set to widen again.

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If you own a home, then you should feel guilty. How dare you. Don't you know we have a rental and a housing crisis? The best thing you could do is to encourage your children to stop paying exorbitant rents and move back home to allow them save up for a deposit.

Scandal of bankers and politicians trying to make you feel guilty if you own your home

Sep 3, 2017 18:00

If you own a home, then you should feel guilty. How dare you. Don't you know we have a rental and a housing crisis? The best thing you could do is to encourage your children to stop paying exorbitant rents and move back home to allow them save up for a deposit.

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Conall MacCoille: Chief economist at Davy

Where to from here? The future of the housing market

Sep 4, 2017 2:30

Conall MacCoille: Chief economist at Davy

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Property investor Paddy McKillen has won the battle for a prime 10-acre site in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

McKillen secures €30m Blackrock site

Sep 3, 2017 18:00

Property investor Paddy McKillen has won the battle for a prime 10-acre site in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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Rocketing rents are encouraging a newfangled option to slash accommodation costs in Ireland.

Students in rent trap signing up as 'guardians'

Sep 3, 2017 21:56

Rocketing rents are encouraging a newfangled option to slash accommodation costs in Ireland.

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'Buy-to-flip' speculators seeking to capitalise on rising home prices are snapping up properties to renovate and resell for a 'quick buck'.

'Buy-to-flip' investors take punt on property

Sep 3, 2017 21:56

'Buy-to-flip' speculators seeking to capitalise on rising home prices are snapping up properties to renovate and resell for a 'quick buck'.

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Prices in the Dublin market are set to hit boom-time levels within the year, according to Pat Davitt, head of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV).

Property prices in the Dublin market to hit boom-time levels 'within the year'

Sep 3, 2017 18:30

Prices in the Dublin market are set to hit boom-time levels within the year, according to Pat Davitt, head of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV).

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Sara Ortiz is from Madrid. A psychology student who has come to Ireland to study in Maynooth College for a year as part of her university degree, the 27-year-old has been left in shock at Dublin's rental market - but even more so by the lack of action being taken to combat renters' woes.

'Dublin's rental market is totally crazy... one landlord showed me where he'd be sleeping in the living room' - Spanish student

Sep 3, 2017 20:00

Sara Ortiz is from Madrid. A psychology student who has come to Ireland to study in Maynooth College for a year as part of her university degree, the 27-year-old has been left in shock at Dublin's rental market - but even more so by the lack of action being taken to combat renters' woes.

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IT ain’t easy being a young house hunter these days.

Charlie Weston: Soon only the rich kids will be able to afford to buy a home

Aug 31, 2017 11:38

IT ain’t easy being a young house hunter these days.

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Surging prices are forcing house hunters to get approval for larger mortgages.

House hunters being pushed into more debt as prices surge

Aug 31, 2017 2:30

Surging prices are forcing house hunters to get approval for larger mortgages.

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More than one-third of property buyers in the 25 to 45 age group are moving house on the grounds of securing proximity to a target school or to locate in its catchment area, it can be revealed.

Proximity to school now a priority for a third of young housebuyers

Aug 29, 2017 2:30

More than one-third of property buyers in the 25 to 45 age group are moving house on the grounds of securing proximity to a target school or to locate in its catchment area, it can be revealed.

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A major German community-oriented bank that wants to bring its model to Ireland believes it could play a role in solving the housing crisis.

Major German lender targets Ireland with new mortgage model

Aug 27, 2017 18:00

A major German community-oriented bank that wants to bring its model to Ireland believes it could play a role in solving the housing crisis.

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People who have a spare room in their home, and who live near a college or university, have been encouraged to rent it out to students. There is generous tax relief available for renting out a room, but despite this the take-up of the scheme has been poor.

Charlie Weston: Taking in a student could provide useful extra income and the tax relief is generous

Aug 27, 2017 18:00

People who have a spare room in their home, and who live near a college or university, have been encouraged to rent it out to students. There is generous tax relief available for renting out a room, but despite this the take-up of the scheme has been poor.

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Amid soaring property prices and rents that are once again skewing the cost of living in urban centres, there's always the option of moving to the country where things seem considerably cheaper.

How to save a fortune on a home by settling down in rural Ireland

Aug 27, 2017 18:00

Amid soaring property prices and rents that are once again skewing the cost of living in urban centres, there's always the option of moving to the country where things seem considerably cheaper.

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Q: I am looking to pay off an educational and kitchen loan I have by taking a six- month moratorium on my mortgage. It will cost me an additional €30 on my mortgage every month afterwards but would save me €300 per month on these loans and give me breathing space. Is this a wise decision and are there any implications that the bank is not telling me like whether it will affect my credit rating or issues with switching mortgage to a different bank at a later date?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

Q: I am looking to pay off an educational and kitchen loan I have by taking a six- month moratorium on my mortgage. It will cost me an additional €30 on my mortgage every month afterwards but would save me €300 per month on these loans and give me breathing space. Is this a wise decision and are there any implications that the bank is not telling me like whether it will affect my credit rating or issues with switching mortgage to a different bank at a later date?

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Move back home with my parents and save for a mortgage like Orla and her boyfriend? Sure Bank of Ireland, no problem, I'll do that straight away.

Saying my parents could help me save is a bit rich coming from bank we all bailed out

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

Move back home with my parents and save for a mortgage like Orla and her boyfriend? Sure Bank of Ireland, no problem, I'll do that straight away.

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Local authorities should beef up inspection and establish an NCT-style certification system for the private rental housing market, according to the housing agency Threshold.

Charity calls for certificate system aimed at the private rental market

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

Local authorities should beef up inspection and establish an NCT-style certification system for the private rental housing market, according to the housing agency Threshold.

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Permanent TSB is set to shake up the mortgage market by offering new borrowers cash back every time they make a payment on their home loan.

How customers can get a cash 'reward' for paying the mortgage

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

Permanent TSB is set to shake up the mortgage market by offering new borrowers cash back every time they make a payment on their home loan.

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Bank of Ireland has pulled an advertisement in which it highlighted a young woman and her boyfriend who moved back to their parents' houses to save for a mortgage.

'Ludicrous' BoI advert is pulled after online anger

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

Bank of Ireland has pulled an advertisement in which it highlighted a young woman and her boyfriend who moved back to their parents' houses to save for a mortgage.

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The building industry has warned that house prices may soar on the back of pay rises for construction workers.

House price warning on back of pay hike

Aug 25, 2017 2:30

The building industry has warned that house prices may soar on the back of pay rises for construction workers.

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Old fashioned 'digs' are the best short-term solution to the student housing crisis, the Education Minister has said.

'Digs' are best solution to housing crisis - Bruton

Aug 24, 2017 2:30

Old fashioned 'digs' are the best short-term solution to the student housing crisis, the Education Minister has said.

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The next time you feel like complaining about the size of your mortgage, you might want to spare a thought for Beyoncé and husband Jay Z.

Beyoncé and Jay Z take out €44m mortgage for mansion

Aug 24, 2017 2:30

The next time you feel like complaining about the size of your mortgage, you might want to spare a thought for Beyoncé and husband Jay Z.

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Anna Higgins will have about €50 a week to cover her food, transportation and other basics when she returns to college next month - if she's lucky.

'I spend wisely and I never go out ... but I can't find an affordable room anywhere'

Aug 24, 2017 2:30

Anna Higgins will have about €50 a week to cover her food, transportation and other basics when she returns to college next month - if she's lucky.

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A mother of two, who is studying to be a teacher, is going without food to try to save the deposit for a rented house - if she can find one.

'There are days I don't eat' - Student teacher and mum-of-two 'going without food' in bid to save deposit

Aug 24, 2017 2:30

A mother of two, who is studying to be a teacher, is going without food to try to save the deposit for a rented house - if she can find one.

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The next time you feel like complaining about the size of your mortgage, you might want to spare a thought for Beyonce and husband Jay Z.

Think your monthly mortgage is high? Beyonce and Jay Z's eye-watering repayments on €75m mansion bought from Irish developer

Aug 23, 2017 14:07

The next time you feel like complaining about the size of your mortgage, you might want to spare a thought for Beyonce and husband Jay Z.

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My landlady cried, actually cried when she told me she was selling the house. Well, I started crying first and that set her off. She told me she was sorry, that I'd been a great tenant, that she was reluctant to let the house go, but that she had to do it. I can't blame her really. The house was snapped up. "You have it lovely," the estate agent said, threatening to set me off again.

Rent-a-disaster: when a landlord decides to sell

Aug 24, 2017 2:30

My landlady cried, actually cried when she told me she was selling the house. Well, I started crying first and that set her off. She told me she was sorry, that I'd been a great tenant, that she was reluctant to let the house go, but that she had to do it. I can't blame her really. The house was snapped up. "You have it lovely," the estate agent said, threatening to set me off again.

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The State's nursing home support scheme will not be used as a means to address the housing crisis, Health Minister Simon Harris has warned.

Fair Deal shake-up to focus on the elderly, not solving the housing crisis - Harris

Aug 21, 2017 2:30

The State's nursing home support scheme will not be used as a means to address the housing crisis, Health Minister Simon Harris has warned.

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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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