Developer Michael O'Flynn has said it is highly unlikely that Ireland will see the emergence of another stock-market listed builder such as Cairn Homes to help address the country's deepening housing crisis.

O'Flynn: Private housebuilders will build homes to help beat crisis, not plcs

May 21, 2017 18:00

Developer Michael O'Flynn has said it is highly unlikely that Ireland will see the emergence of another stock-market listed builder such as Cairn Homes to help address the country's deepening housing crisis.

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Be afraid, be very afraid. As a journalist, you know the property nonsense is well and truly back when you get your first press release in eight years announcing Irish tour dates for an overseas property show.

Time to be very afraid as overseas property shows and rapid-fire house sales return

May 21, 2017 18:00

Be afraid, be very afraid. As a journalist, you know the property nonsense is well and truly back when you get your first press release in eight years announcing Irish tour dates for an overseas property show.

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With all the commotion of the last decade or so, markets are not very fashionable these days. We forget that markets work a lot of the time and when they work well, they are invaluable. They help identify who has the greatest need for something, as identified by how much they are willing to give up to get it, and transfer it to them.

Now is the time for a register of rental rates

May 22, 2017 2:30

With all the commotion of the last decade or so, markets are not very fashionable these days. We forget that markets work a lot of the time and when they work well, they are invaluable. They help identify who has the greatest need for something, as identified by how much they are willing to give up to get it, and transfer it to them.

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Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Home economics: Answering your property questions

May 19, 2017 2:30

Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

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House prices are set to zoom upwards this year and next. Rises of 10pc by the end of this year and by around 8pc in 2018 are predicted by Goodbody Stockbrokers.

Unpalatable action needed to slow our return to crazy boom days

May 18, 2017 2:30

House prices are set to zoom upwards this year and next. Rises of 10pc by the end of this year and by around 8pc in 2018 are predicted by Goodbody Stockbrokers.

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The average price of a house is set to soar by the end of 2018 - first jumping 10pc this year, and rising by another 8pc next year.

Property prices forecast to rise 10pc this year and 8pc in 2018

May 18, 2017 2:30

The average price of a house is set to soar by the end of 2018 - first jumping 10pc this year, and rising by another 8pc next year.

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THE average price of a house is set to jump by 10pc this year, and rise by another 8pc next year.

Study: House prices to jump 10pc this year - and 8pc in 2018

May 17, 2017 13:55

THE average price of a house is set to jump by 10pc this year, and rise by another 8pc next year.

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It was the advice for millennials that has left a generation divided: if you want to own a home, then stop buying avocado toast.

Stop splurging on avocado toast if you want a house, millennials told

May 17, 2017 2:30

It was the advice for millennials that has left a generation divided: if you want to own a home, then stop buying avocado toast.

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The European Commission has warned it is closely monitoring house prices in this country.

Europe monitoring price surge for signs of trouble

May 17, 2017 2:30

The European Commission has warned it is closely monitoring house prices in this country.

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I remember the day one of my friends first mentioned buying a house. We were all in our mid-20s. She was a year younger than me. I thought she was insane.

Don't get stressed at not being on the housing ladder - play the long game and enjoy your freedom

May 17, 2017 2:30

I remember the day one of my friends first mentioned buying a house. We were all in our mid-20s. She was a year younger than me. I thought she was insane.

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Young people would be able to get a foot on the property ladder if they stopped eating avocado on toast, according to an Australian millionaire.

Millennials would be able to afford a home 'if they stopped buying avocado on toast'

May 16, 2017 12:00

Young people would be able to get a foot on the property ladder if they stopped eating avocado on toast, according to an Australian millionaire.

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A leading bank has reported a surge in people applying for home improvement loans.

Bank of Ireland reports surge in home improvement loan applications

May 16, 2017 11:50

A leading bank has reported a surge in people applying for home improvement loans.

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The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent.

Students scramble for a place to stay amid soaring rents

May 15, 2017 2:30

The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent.

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A Cavan student attending university in Dublin warns that people will end up paying "crazy" money unless they start looking for accommodation as early as possible.

'Sort your house out early or pay crazy money' - says college student

May 15, 2017 2:30

A Cavan student attending university in Dublin warns that people will end up paying "crazy" money unless they start looking for accommodation as early as possible.

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The average person in Ireland is worth the princely sum of €137,000. What's more, people are getting wealthier at quite a clip, according to the Central Bank's latest figures released last week.

Strange things are happening in the economy - and budget outlook is bleak

May 14, 2017 18:05

The average person in Ireland is worth the princely sum of €137,000. What's more, people are getting wealthier at quite a clip, according to the Central Bank's latest figures released last week.

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Last Friday's official figures on house prices and property sales gave a mixed picture. Probably the best news was a slowdown in the rate of price increases. Over the first three months of the year, national property prices rose by 1pc. That is sharply down from the second half of last year when prices were rising by more than 1pc every month. The 2017 trend towards lower property inflation was even to be seen in Dublin, where demand for housing is growing most rapidly.

Housing market still remains dysfunctional

May 14, 2017 18:05

Last Friday's official figures on house prices and property sales gave a mixed picture. Probably the best news was a slowdown in the rate of price increases. Over the first three months of the year, national property prices rose by 1pc. That is sharply down from the second half of last year when prices were rising by more than 1pc every month. The 2017 trend towards lower property inflation was even to be seen in Dublin, where demand for housing is growing most rapidly.

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CBRE has called on the Government to follow the UK's Build To Rent (BTR) model, where some £27.7bn (€33bn) of equity is currently targeting the sector across the water.

Build to Rent would help solve housing crisis, claims CBRE

May 14, 2017 18:00

CBRE has called on the Government to follow the UK's Build To Rent (BTR) model, where some £27.7bn (€33bn) of equity is currently targeting the sector across the water.

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Kevin Hollingsworth is still shocked by the poor standards of construction that he sees in his work as a building surveyor.

Cracking up: the legacy of Celtic Tiger Ireland

May 14, 2017 2:30

Kevin Hollingsworth is still shocked by the poor standards of construction that he sees in his work as a building surveyor.

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Twenty happy families got the keys to their new homes this week as part of a joint venture to deliver 300 units between Co-Operative Housing Ireland and Galway City Council.

Families 'over the moon' to move into 'great location'

May 13, 2017 2:30

Twenty happy families got the keys to their new homes this week as part of a joint venture to deliver 300 units between Co-Operative Housing Ireland and Galway City Council.

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Galway city is home to almost 79,000 people, has two universities, a major hospital - and, like most towns and cities, suffers from a shortage of housing.

Shortage of homes - but bustling city has 2,800 vacant properties

May 13, 2017 2:30

Galway city is home to almost 79,000 people, has two universities, a major hospital - and, like most towns and cities, suffers from a shortage of housing.

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The housing market is being dominated by movers and not first-time buyers, despite the introduction of a tax rebate, new figures reveal.

Housing market dominated by movers despite lure of tax rebate

May 13, 2017 2:30

The housing market is being dominated by movers and not first-time buyers, despite the introduction of a tax rebate, new figures reveal.

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Sixteen luxury homes in Raheny in Dublin sold out in the space of three hours, making it the fastest new home sell-out so far this year.

Luxury homes sell out in just three hours

May 13, 2017 2:30

Sixteen luxury homes in Raheny in Dublin sold out in the space of three hours, making it the fastest new home sell-out so far this year.

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More than 65,000 houses have been left empty for five years or more as the country grapples with the deepest housing crisis in its history.

Revealed: 183,000 vacant homes lying idle in demand hotspots nationwide

May 13, 2017 2:30

More than 65,000 houses have been left empty for five years or more as the country grapples with the deepest housing crisis in its history.

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Large numbers of potential first-time buyers are unaware of the Government's help-to-buy scheme.

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

May 12, 2017 2:30

Large numbers of potential first-time buyers are unaware of the Government's help-to-buy scheme.

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The surge in property prices has pushed up the net worth of households.

Households' worth jumps on back of property price rise

May 11, 2017 2:30

The surge in property prices has pushed up the net worth of households.

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The surge in property prices has pushed up the net worth of households and the debts of consumers here are falling faster than elsewhere in the European Union.

Surge in property prices pushes up net worth of households

May 10, 2017 12:29

The surge in property prices has pushed up the net worth of households and the debts of consumers here are falling faster than elsewhere in the European Union.

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Savills Ireland has launched Workthere, a new service to help growing businesses find flexible, co-working, and services office space across Ireland.

Looking for flexible, co-working office space? Savills has the answer

May 10, 2017 12:23

Savills Ireland has launched Workthere, a new service to help growing businesses find flexible, co-working, and services office space across Ireland.

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Homeowners seeking insurance cover in flood-prone areas could be priced out of the market unless insurance companies, State agencies, property developers, banks and local authorities share data about at-risk areas.

Homes could be priced out of flood cover

May 9, 2017 2:30

Homeowners seeking insurance cover in flood-prone areas could be priced out of the market unless insurance companies, State agencies, property developers, banks and local authorities share data about at-risk areas.

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Rents have risen so much that it is now cheaper to buy almost everywhere than it is to rent.

Charlie Weston: It's time to try out something radical to boost housing supply

May 9, 2017 2:30

Rents have risen so much that it is now cheaper to buy almost everywhere than it is to rent.

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Local authorities "deliberately" left council houses vacant for periods of at least a year to secure funding from the Department of Housing for upgrades.

Councils are 'deliberately' leaving houses empty to secure State funds

May 9, 2017 2:30

Local authorities "deliberately" left council houses vacant for periods of at least a year to secure funding from the Department of Housing for upgrades.

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The cost of renting a home has continued to shoot up, while the number of properties available to rent is at an all-time low.

Country's average rent rises by €134 a month - and is now at an 'all-time high'

May 9, 2017 2:30

The cost of renting a home has continued to shoot up, while the number of properties available to rent is at an all-time low.

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A housing scheme in south Dublin sold out within hours of going on the market.

Sold out: First-time buyers snap up homes within hours of housing scheme going on the market

May 9, 2017 2:30

A housing scheme in south Dublin sold out within hours of going on the market.

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There is a busy week ahead for Irish data, including around the vexed housing market.

Week 18: Data to shed light on the housing market

May 8, 2017 2:30

There is a busy week ahead for Irish data, including around the vexed housing market.

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ULSTER Bank has set aside millions of euro to cover the cost of putting customers back on low-cost trackers and refunding them overcharged interest.

Ulster Bank sets aside millions of euro for tracker redress

May 5, 2017 16:34

ULSTER Bank has set aside millions of euro to cover the cost of putting customers back on low-cost trackers and refunding them overcharged interest.

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Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

Home Economics: Answering your property questions

May 5, 2017 2:30

Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

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Twenty-thousand first-time buyers are now set to chase half as many new homes, which will drive property prices sharply upwards for the rest of this year.

It doesn't add up: 20,000 first-time buyers chase 10,000 new homes

May 5, 2017 2:30

Twenty-thousand first-time buyers are now set to chase half as many new homes, which will drive property prices sharply upwards for the rest of this year.

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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Fans of William Shakespeare might forgive this journalist for twisting the "double, double toil and trouble" words spoken by the witches in 'Macbeth'.

Charlie Weston: It may not be a bubble yet, but make no mistake there is trouble ahead

May 5, 2017 2:30

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Fans of William Shakespeare might forgive this journalist for twisting the "double, double toil and trouble" words spoken by the witches in 'Macbeth'.

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Mortgage lending has grown 39 per cent to €1.4bn in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Mortgage lending surges to €1.4bn in the first three months of 2017

May 4, 2017 9:59

Mortgage lending has grown 39 per cent to €1.4bn in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

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A €1bn plan that would help thousands of people facing the prospect of home repossession is being hammered out by mortgage campaigner David Hall and State-owned AIB.

Campaigner and AIB hatch €1bn plan to keep families in their homes

May 1, 2017 2:30

A €1bn plan that would help thousands of people facing the prospect of home repossession is being hammered out by mortgage campaigner David Hall and State-owned AIB.

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Today's Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown poll shows a surge in optimism over the past six months. Never, in the three decades the pollster has been posing the question, has a larger share of respondents been more upbeat about their future personal financial situation. More than one in three people believes that they will be better off in a year's time than now. It was just one in five last October.

Optimism surges, but so too do fears of another property crash

Apr 30, 2017 18:04

Today's Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown poll shows a surge in optimism over the past six months. Never, in the three decades the pollster has been posing the question, has a larger share of respondents been more upbeat about their future personal financial situation. More than one in three people believes that they will be better off in a year's time than now. It was just one in five last October.

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Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

Home Economics: Answering your property questions

Apr 28, 2017 2:30

Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

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KBC has become the latest bank to cut its fixed rates for mortgage holders.

KBC latest bank to cut fixed rates for mortgages

Apr 28, 2017 2:30

KBC has become the latest bank to cut its fixed rates for mortgage holders.

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More than 800 sites owned by local authorities and public bodies will be offered to the private market to help boost housing supply.

State to offer more than 800 sites for at least 50,000 new homes

Apr 27, 2017 2:30

More than 800 sites owned by local authorities and public bodies will be offered to the private market to help boost housing supply.

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This is the first time the Government has a picture of exactly what lands are under its control, and therefore available for housing.

Paul Melia: State plan finally lays foundation to resolve this crisis

Apr 27, 2017 2:30

This is the first time the Government has a picture of exactly what lands are under its control, and therefore available for housing.

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A number of apartment tenants ordered to vacate their homes as the properties were put up for sale have been "assured" they will be able to remain in their homes under a new proposed agreement with the Simon Community of Ireland homeless charity.

Charity negotiates purchase of apartments as tenants left facing threat of eviction

Apr 27, 2017 2:30

A number of apartment tenants ordered to vacate their homes as the properties were put up for sale have been "assured" they will be able to remain in their homes under a new proposed agreement with the Simon Community of Ireland homeless charity.

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There has been a strong rise in the numbers of people living in middle-income households in this country, a leading US think tank found.

The middle class expansion: US think tank reports sharp rise in numbers living in middle-income households in Ireland

Apr 25, 2017 11:38

There has been a strong rise in the numbers of people living in middle-income households in this country, a leading US think tank found.

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Long-term renters should look at ways in which they can financially protect themselves, similar to mortgage holders, a leading insurance company has said.

Long term renters urged to look at protection similar to mortgage holders

Apr 25, 2017 8:30

Long-term renters should look at ways in which they can financially protect themselves, similar to mortgage holders, a leading insurance company has said.

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Housing Agency boss John O'Connor is under no illusions about how long it will take for house prices and rents to stabilise.

'House prices and rents won't stabilise for up to three years'

Apr 24, 2017 2:30

Housing Agency boss John O'Connor is under no illusions about how long it will take for house prices and rents to stabilise.

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Homeowners and landlords unable to pay their mortgages could see the negative equity portion of their loans written off to help restore the property market to normality, under proposals outlined by the head of the Government's Housing Agency.

Writing off negative equity 'would ease crisis'

Apr 24, 2017 2:30

Homeowners and landlords unable to pay their mortgages could see the negative equity portion of their loans written off to help restore the property market to normality, under proposals outlined by the head of the Government's Housing Agency.

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ON an autumn day in 1948, architect Herbie Simms consumed a bottle of whiskey and threw himself under a steam locomotive in Dún Laoghaire.

Comment: It’s time to stop faffing about and start treating this housing crisis like the emergency that it really is

Apr 23, 2017 9:51

ON an autumn day in 1948, architect Herbie Simms consumed a bottle of whiskey and threw himself under a steam locomotive in Dún Laoghaire.

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In April 2007 - 10 years ago to the very month - residential property prices peaked. The huge bubble in house prices, which had been inflating for years, then began to deflate. It happened slowly at first but as 2008 dawned it began to happen quickly.

There is no bubble - but housing's still a headache

Apr 23, 2017 18:09

In April 2007 - 10 years ago to the very month - residential property prices peaked. The huge bubble in house prices, which had been inflating for years, then began to deflate. It happened slowly at first but as 2008 dawned it began to happen quickly.

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Owners of vacant properties will be offered new government loans to refurbish houses and get them back on to the private property market, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

Report will recommend number of initiatives to revive properties, including turning heat on banks

Apr 23, 2017 18:45

Owners of vacant properties will be offered new government loans to refurbish houses and get them back on to the private property market, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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A surge in the number of returning emigrants - some with significant cash savings for down payments on a new house - has emerged as the latest pressure point in pushing up property prices.

Return of 1,500 emigrants a week boosts property

Apr 23, 2017 2:30

A surge in the number of returning emigrants - some with significant cash savings for down payments on a new house - has emerged as the latest pressure point in pushing up property prices.

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This year is looking like the construction industry's resurrection will fully manifest itself. It looks set to increase output by 30pc on 2016 to reach about €16bn, or around 8pc of GNP. By mid-2018, it will have hired an additional 50,000 employees at a rate of 1,000 per month since the nadir of 2013, having lost over 100,000 employees at that point.

Building the way to manage our boom/bust cycle better

Apr 23, 2017 2:30

This year is looking like the construction industry's resurrection will fully manifest itself. It looks set to increase output by 30pc on 2016 to reach about €16bn, or around 8pc of GNP. By mid-2018, it will have hired an additional 50,000 employees at a rate of 1,000 per month since the nadir of 2013, having lost over 100,000 employees at that point.

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There are 2,003,645 houses and apartments across the State, an increase of just 8,800, or 0.4pc, since 2011.

Stock: Official stats overestimate the rate of construction

Apr 21, 2017 2:30

There are 2,003,645 houses and apartments across the State, an increase of just 8,800, or 0.4pc, since 2011.

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Some 3,308 buildings containing a total 11,680 homes are completely vacant, the CSO 'Housing in Ireland' report says.

Vacant Homes: More than 3,300 apartment buildings completely empty

Apr 21, 2017 2:30

Some 3,308 buildings containing a total 11,680 homes are completely vacant, the CSO 'Housing in Ireland' report says.

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Two figures revealed in the Central Statistics Office's 'Housing in Ireland' report set out the profoundly dysfunctional nature of the housing market. The first is that 3,308 apartment blocks dotted across the country, capable of providing 11,680 homes, are completely vacant.

Using State lands and cutting VAT on new homes will help address housing shortage

Apr 21, 2017 2:30

Two figures revealed in the Central Statistics Office's 'Housing in Ireland' report set out the profoundly dysfunctional nature of the housing market. The first is that 3,308 apartment blocks dotted across the country, capable of providing 11,680 homes, are completely vacant.

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The average age at which people buy their first home has rocketed to 35, with thousands of families trapped in unsuitable accommodation.

Age of first-time buyers rises as housing supply fails to increase

Apr 21, 2017 2:30

The average age at which people buy their first home has rocketed to 35, with thousands of families trapped in unsuitable accommodation.

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Living in her parents' house while trying to raise two young children was a necessary struggle for 27-year-old Laura Ryan.

'How long will it take before I can buy a house?' - Young mum (27) lived in parents' home while fiancé worked 100 miles away

Apr 21, 2017 2:30

Living in her parents' house while trying to raise two young children was a necessary struggle for 27-year-old Laura Ryan.

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The number of houses for sale dropped to an all-time historic low of 22,100 in January.

Supply of homes for sale falls to historic low

Apr 20, 2017 2:30

The number of houses for sale dropped to an all-time historic low of 22,100 in January.

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The housing crisis is deepening at a startling pace, with the rate of price rises picking up dramatically.

Housing crisis deepens as prices rise 11pc with no slowdown in sight

Apr 20, 2017 2:30

The housing crisis is deepening at a startling pace, with the rate of price rises picking up dramatically.

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A Dublin-based estate agent has been ordered to pay €3,000 to a single mother after being found to discriminate against her status when renting an apartment.

'The landlord wanted couples only' - Estate agent has to pay €3,000 after discriminating against woman

Apr 20, 2017 2:30

A Dublin-based estate agent has been ordered to pay €3,000 to a single mother after being found to discriminate against her status when renting an apartment.

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Property prices are rising fastest in the west of Ireland, official figures have revealed.

Getting 'boomier'? Property prices jump by almost 20pc in parts of the West

Apr 19, 2017 11:28

Property prices are rising fastest in the west of Ireland, official figures have revealed.

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Housing Minister Simon Coveney has hit out at attempts "to catch the Government out" over the number of new homes being built.

There is no spin on house-building stats, insists minister

Apr 17, 2017 2:30

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has hit out at attempts "to catch the Government out" over the number of new homes being built.

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Ulster Bank's move to cut the prices of fixed-rate mortgages will shift the market here farther from the long-standing bias for variable rates - something that makes us unusual in Europe.

Donal O'Donovan: The shift to fix comes with a period of volatility on the cards

Apr 17, 2017 2:30

Ulster Bank's move to cut the prices of fixed-rate mortgages will shift the market here farther from the long-standing bias for variable rates - something that makes us unusual in Europe.

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Ulster Bank is to reduce its fixed rates for new and existing customers and make it easier for them to qualify for the new interest rates.

Hopes of interest rates war as Ulster Bank makes it cheaper to get a loan

Apr 17, 2017 2:30

Ulster Bank is to reduce its fixed rates for new and existing customers and make it easier for them to qualify for the new interest rates.

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They're young, they're teachers and they want to buy a house in Dublin - but they have to leave Ireland do it.

'We've to move to Abu Dhabi to save for a house in Dublin'

Apr 17, 2017 2:30

They're young, they're teachers and they want to buy a house in Dublin - but they have to leave Ireland do it.

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The failure of banks to make greater attempts to repossess properties where the mortgage is not being paid is curious. Nobody wants to see people, especially families, turfed out of their homes.

Charlie Weston: Banks should take action against freeloading mortage defaulters

Apr 16, 2017 18:00

The failure of banks to make greater attempts to repossess properties where the mortgage is not being paid is curious. Nobody wants to see people, especially families, turfed out of their homes.

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Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

Home Economics: answering your property questions

Apr 14, 2017 2:30

Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

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AIB has agreed to sell a €400m portfolio of 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages to Goldman Sachs in the biggest deal of its kind since the financial crisis.

'Vulnerable' tenants worry as AIB sells off mortgages

Apr 14, 2017 2:30

AIB has agreed to sell a €400m portfolio of 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages to Goldman Sachs in the biggest deal of its kind since the financial crisis.

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The Central Bank said it was considering imposing new rules on banks to make it easier for mortgage-holders to switch to another lender to reduce the cost of their repayments.

New rules may make switching mortgages easier

Apr 12, 2017 2:30

The Central Bank said it was considering imposing new rules on banks to make it easier for mortgage-holders to switch to another lender to reduce the cost of their repayments.

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THE Central Banks said it is considering imposing new rules on banks to make it easier for mortgage holders to switch to another lender to reduce the cost of their repayments.

Bank rule changes on the cards to make mortgage switching easier

Apr 11, 2017 12:41

THE Central Banks said it is considering imposing new rules on banks to make it easier for mortgage holders to switch to another lender to reduce the cost of their repayments.

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Perhaps the most startling figure in the KBC Homebuyer survey relates to the 70,000 'ready and able' prospective purchasers seeking a home. If the market was looking for a signal to begin building, that figure alone should suffice.

Paul Melia: Prices will go through roof until we build more homes - and, crucially, the right type

Apr 11, 2017 2:30

Perhaps the most startling figure in the KBC Homebuyer survey relates to the 70,000 'ready and able' prospective purchasers seeking a home. If the market was looking for a signal to begin building, that figure alone should suffice.

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Demand for housing is set to get even stronger as more first-time buyers enter the market.

Property supply so low only half who want to buy can find a home

Apr 11, 2017 2:30

Demand for housing is set to get even stronger as more first-time buyers enter the market.

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The number of legal proceedings issued by banks to repossess homes has halved in the past two years.

Legal cases to repossess homes fall by half in two years

Apr 10, 2017 2:30

The number of legal proceedings issued by banks to repossess homes has halved in the past two years.

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Next week, it will be exactly 10 years since RTE broadcast a television documentary I made on the property market. The programme suggested that we were in grave danger of a sharp house price crash and it examined what a financially traumatic event like that might look like.

Could Ireland's new property crisis beggar us once again?

Apr 9, 2017 2:30

Next week, it will be exactly 10 years since RTE broadcast a television documentary I made on the property market. The programme suggested that we were in grave danger of a sharp house price crash and it examined what a financially traumatic event like that might look like.

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Kevin Nolan, Hibernia Reit: One of the biggest issues we need to address to increase the supply of new housing in Dublin is to use the land banks owned by the State more effectively.

How would developers solve housing dilemma?

Apr 9, 2017 2:30

Kevin Nolan, Hibernia Reit: One of the biggest issues we need to address to increase the supply of new housing in Dublin is to use the land banks owned by the State more effectively.

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Homeowners on variable mortgages could save as much as €17,000 on their mortgage over the next five years by locking into a cheap fixed rate, an analysis by the Sunday Independent and the mortgage brokers, Dowling Financial has found.

Your Money: The quick fix that could save you up to €17,000 on your mortgage

Apr 9, 2017 18:00

Homeowners on variable mortgages could save as much as €17,000 on their mortgage over the next five years by locking into a cheap fixed rate, an analysis by the Sunday Independent and the mortgage brokers, Dowling Financial has found.

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Last week's census results showed that Ireland's population was one of the fastest growing in the EU in the five years to 2016.

Census result shows homes crisis is likely to get worse

Apr 9, 2017 2:30

Last week's census results showed that Ireland's population was one of the fastest growing in the EU in the five years to 2016.

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Young people should not give up on the dream of owning their own home, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has insisted.

Prices must fall - but dream of owning a home is still achievable, insists Coveney

Apr 8, 2017 2:30

Young people should not give up on the dream of owning their own home, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has insisted.

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Address building costs: In Dublin, it costs just over €330,000 to build a three-bedroom semi-detached home. Just 45pc of this is bricks and mortar. The remainder is made up of levies, builders' profit, professional fees and VAT. Cutting the VAT rate would knock around €40,000 off the cost of a house, and the measure could be applied to homes priced at affordable rates.

10 things that could help boost supply and provide more affordable homes in Ireland

Apr 8, 2017 2:30

Address building costs: In Dublin, it costs just over €330,000 to build a three-bedroom semi-detached home. Just 45pc of this is bricks and mortar. The remainder is made up of levies, builders' profit, professional fees and VAT. Cutting the VAT rate would knock around €40,000 off the cost of a house, and the measure could be applied to homes priced at affordable rates.

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Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

Home Economics: Answering your property questions

Apr 7, 2017 2:30

Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

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Regulators at the Central Bank have held discussions with gardaí about the taking of low-cost tracker mortgages from homeowners.

Tracker scandal raised with gardaí

Apr 5, 2017 2:30

Regulators at the Central Bank have held discussions with gardaí about the taking of low-cost tracker mortgages from homeowners.

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The number of homes changing hands has plummeted by as much as 17pc in areas with acute housing shortages due to the lack of new supply coming on to the market.

Fewer homes changing hands as prices continue to soar

Apr 5, 2017 2:30

The number of homes changing hands has plummeted by as much as 17pc in areas with acute housing shortages due to the lack of new supply coming on to the market.

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Boom-time borrowers are highly vulnerable to a rise in European interest rates, particularly those in their 30s, a new Central Bank study has found.

Boom buyers face €200-a-month mortgage hike

Apr 5, 2017 2:30

Boom-time borrowers are highly vulnerable to a rise in European interest rates, particularly those in their 30s, a new Central Bank study has found.

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House prices have risen so high that only rich people on big salaries can afford to buy a home, with the Help-to-Buy scheme blamed for pushing up values.

Help-to-Buy is behind surging house prices - Central Bank

Apr 5, 2017 2:30

House prices have risen so high that only rich people on big salaries can afford to buy a home, with the Help-to-Buy scheme blamed for pushing up values.

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ONLY people on high incomes can now afford to buy a home, Central Bank Governor Philip Lane told TDs.

'Only people on high incomes can afford to buy a home' - Central Bank Governor

Apr 4, 2017 12:09

ONLY people on high incomes can now afford to buy a home, Central Bank Governor Philip Lane told TDs.

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The State's consumer protection body has come out against moves by politicians to cap variable mortgage rates.

Consumer watchdog opposes new law to cap interest rates on variable mortgages

Apr 4, 2017 2:30

The State's consumer protection body has come out against moves by politicians to cap variable mortgage rates.

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Figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that a total of 4,698 applications have been made under the Help-to-Buy incentive since it opened on January 1.

4,700 apply looking for help - almost 53 every day

Apr 4, 2017 2:30

Figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that a total of 4,698 applications have been made under the Help-to-Buy incentive since it opened on January 1.

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Large numbers of accidental landlords are risking being unable to make an insurance claim because they have not made it clear they are renting out their property.

Accidental landlords risk losing claims on insurance

Apr 4, 2017 2:30

Large numbers of accidental landlords are risking being unable to make an insurance claim because they have not made it clear they are renting out their property.

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One-in-five first-time buyers getting State help to purchase a home is buying property worth more than €375,000, new figures show.

Help-to-Buy scheme cost set to soar beyond €70m

Apr 4, 2017 2:30

One-in-five first-time buyers getting State help to purchase a home is buying property worth more than €375,000, new figures show.

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Housing Minister Simon Coveney has rejected Opposition demands to suspend the Government's help-to-buy scheme, amid claims it is fuelling the latest surge in house prices.

Minister rejects calls to shut down scheme for first-time buyers

Apr 3, 2017 2:30

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has rejected Opposition demands to suspend the Government's help-to-buy scheme, amid claims it is fuelling the latest surge in house prices.

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Last week, Paschal Donohoe and I announced specific infrastructure projects that will unlock housing supply under a €226m infrastructure fund.

Simon Coveney: We're breaking down the walls that are slowing supply of homes

Apr 3, 2017 2:30

Last week, Paschal Donohoe and I announced specific infrastructure projects that will unlock housing supply under a €226m infrastructure fund.

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A Dublin man has said the only mortgage available to him and his wife would not enable them to buy the house their family needs.

'We can't afford to buy or rent house our family needs'

Apr 3, 2017 2:30

A Dublin man has said the only mortgage available to him and his wife would not enable them to buy the house their family needs.

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House prices soared 9pc in a year on the back of new buyers clamouring to get hold of property in limited supply.

Help-to-Buy scheme fuels surge in house prices

Apr 3, 2017 2:30

House prices soared 9pc in a year on the back of new buyers clamouring to get hold of property in limited supply.

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Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

Home Economics: Answering your property questions

Mar 31, 2017 2:30

Personal Finance expert Sinead Ryan answers your property questions.

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A state-rescued bank has been accused of exploiting its mortgage customers by offering those who want to fix an interest rate that is more than double what other banks are charging.

Permanent TSB 'charging double' its rivals to fix rate

Mar 30, 2017 2:30

A state-rescued bank has been accused of exploiting its mortgage customers by offering those who want to fix an interest rate that is more than double what other banks are charging.

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Private sector rents grew by 7.8pc across Ireland in Q4 2016 according to the latest Quarterly Rent Index from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

Dublin rents now over 8pc higher than 2007 peak - as average monthly costs reach €986

Mar 29, 2017 11:53

Private sector rents grew by 7.8pc across Ireland in Q4 2016 according to the latest Quarterly Rent Index from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

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Not a single home has been built using a €400m fund set aside for housing in 2015, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Not one home built from €400m fund set up in 2015

Mar 29, 2017 2:30

Not a single home has been built using a €400m fund set aside for housing in 2015, the Irish Independent can reveal.

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Landlords are asking for up to five months' rent upfront, raising concerns that they are discriminating against certain types of tenants.

Discrimination fears as landlords demand five months' rent upfront

Mar 29, 2017 2:30

Landlords are asking for up to five months' rent upfront, raising concerns that they are discriminating against certain types of tenants.

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