Solving the housing crisis is not difficult. It's a simple matter of building enough affordable homes in the right locations, and to keep building them until all who need a home are housed. Yes it is that simple.

19 simple steps to finally getting the housing crisis under control

Jan 1, 2019 2:30

Solving the housing crisis is not difficult. It's a simple matter of building enough affordable homes in the right locations, and to keep building them until all who need a home are housed. Yes it is that simple.

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House prices will rise by 4.2pc in the new year – but only if there is a soft Brexit, according to a nationwide survey of estate agents.

House prices 2019: property owners warned no deal Brexit will take Ireland 'into the unknown'

Dec 31, 2018 2:30

House prices will rise by 4.2pc in the new year – but only if there is a soft Brexit, according to a nationwide survey of estate agents.

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'Brexit affects the property market too," is the core message from this year's Irish Independent/REA annual house price forecast.

Mark Keenan: 'Only certainty is more uncertainty as UK exit moves toward endgame'

Dec 31, 2018 2:30

'Brexit affects the property market too," is the core message from this year's Irish Independent/REA annual house price forecast.

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HOUSE prices nationally rose by 5.5pc - or €1,000 a month - during 2018, but the level of price increase in Dublin fell dramatically when compared with a year earlier.

Property Ireland 2018: House price rises slow dramatically in Dublin but other cities continue to soar

Dec 30, 2018 2:30

HOUSE prices nationally rose by 5.5pc - or €1,000 a month - during 2018, but the level of price increase in Dublin fell dramatically when compared with a year earlier.

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The property market was paralysed in the last quarter of the year as lending rules and Brexit concerns kept prices static.

Property market paralysis strikes as lending rules and Brexit collide

Dec 26, 2018 2:30

The property market was paralysed in the last quarter of the year as lending rules and Brexit concerns kept prices static.

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More than 10,000 households are to pay property tax for the first time on the back of reforms to be announced in the New Year.

More than 10,000 households will soon have to pay property tax for first time

Dec 26, 2018 2:30

More than 10,000 households are to pay property tax for the first time on the back of reforms to be announced in the New Year.

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Fianna Fáil is back for a second crack at putting a legislative cap on standard variable mortgage rates, having had its last push in this area run into the sand.

Richard Curran: 'Banks are not giving us the full story on mortgage rates'

Dec 20, 2018 2:30

Fianna Fáil is back for a second crack at putting a legislative cap on standard variable mortgage rates, having had its last push in this area run into the sand.

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Rapid house price inflation and traffic congestion are the warning signs of a loss of competitiveness that were ignored prior to the economic crisis, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has warned.

House prices and congestion 'warning signs' for competitiveness

Dec 19, 2018 2:30

Rapid house price inflation and traffic congestion are the warning signs of a loss of competitiveness that were ignored prior to the economic crisis, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has warned.

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US investment giant Starwood Capital has announced that a controlled affiliate has formed a €1bn build-to-rent (‘BTR’) residential platform in Ireland with Urbeo Residential and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (‘ISIF’).

Starwood Capital to create €1bn Irish build-to-rent platform

Dec 17, 2018 7:54

US investment giant Starwood Capital has announced that a controlled affiliate has formed a €1bn build-to-rent (‘BTR’) residential platform in Ireland with Urbeo Residential and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (‘ISIF’).

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Rental costs are continuing to rise but there has been a easing off in the rate of the increase.

Inflation eases but cost of renting home at record level of €1,122 a month

Dec 13, 2018 2:30

Rental costs are continuing to rise but there has been a easing off in the rate of the increase.

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There has been a further slowdown in the rate of property price inflation.

Property price rate of inflation continues slowdown

Dec 12, 2018 2:30

There has been a further slowdown in the rate of property price inflation.

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Rogue landlords face jail and hefty penalties of up to €30,000 for breaking strict rules on rent hikes under beefed up protection for tenants.

Rogue landlords face jail and €30,000 penalties

Dec 11, 2018 2:30

Rogue landlords face jail and hefty penalties of up to €30,000 for breaking strict rules on rent hikes under beefed up protection for tenants.

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The first 1,269 units at Cherrywood will be available by 2020 - but none of these will be available for purchase by families, first-time buyers or downtraders.

Thousands of new homes in scheme - but none for sale

Dec 11, 2018 2:30

The first 1,269 units at Cherrywood will be available by 2020 - but none of these will be available for purchase by families, first-time buyers or downtraders.

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Forecourt retailer Maxol has been given the go-ahead to knock down one of its petrol stations and an adjoining car dealership in south Dublin and replace it with a five-storey apartment block.

Maxol given green light to build 90 homes in place of D4 petrol station

Dec 9, 2018 18:00

Forecourt retailer Maxol has been given the go-ahead to knock down one of its petrol stations and an adjoining car dealership in south Dublin and replace it with a five-storey apartment block.

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There are three things you can do to ensure you have greater lifetime wealth. They are simple and old-fashioned ideas but, of the three, I can guarantee you won't find two of them being promoted as wealth-builders (although they can be very positive things outside of financial considerations).

Karl Deeter: 'Choosing the right partner and home are two of the secrets to becoming wealthy'

Dec 9, 2018 18:00

There are three things you can do to ensure you have greater lifetime wealth. They are simple and old-fashioned ideas but, of the three, I can guarantee you won't find two of them being promoted as wealth-builders (although they can be very positive things outside of financial considerations).

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The removal of upper height limits will play a role in boosting housing output, but the measure is not - as Tom Phillips says - the final piece in the jigsaw.

Scrapping height limits will change our landscape, but it won't end housing crisis

Dec 8, 2018 2:30

The removal of upper height limits will play a role in boosting housing output, but the measure is not - as Tom Phillips says - the final piece in the jigsaw.

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Limits on the height of buildings have been abolished in all cities and large towns in a radical redrawing of our planning laws.

Death of the semi-D as height limits scrapped

Dec 8, 2018 2:30

Limits on the height of buildings have been abolished in all cities and large towns in a radical redrawing of our planning laws.

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Renters will be able to know what a previous tenant was paying for a room under laws to be brought to Cabinet next week.

Renters will soon be able to find out how much previous tenants charged

Dec 6, 2018 2:30

Renters will be able to know what a previous tenant was paying for a room under laws to be brought to Cabinet next week.

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Upgrading the national housing stock to make it more energy-efficient and help drive down emissions will cost up to €50bn, Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton has revealed.

Upgrade of all our houses to cut energy use will cost €50bn

Dec 6, 2018 2:30

Upgrading the national housing stock to make it more energy-efficient and help drive down emissions will cost up to €50bn, Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton has revealed.

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Housing charity Threshold received 73,526 calls last year - and a third were from tenants faced with losing their homes.

A third of calls to charity 'from people losing home'

Dec 6, 2018 2:30

Housing charity Threshold received 73,526 calls last year - and a third were from tenants faced with losing their homes.

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A father has told how his family "hit rock bottom" after their landlord evicted them, saying the property was to be sold - only for it to be let out at a higher rent.

Rock bottom: Family evicted so house could make more rent

Dec 5, 2018 0:00

A father has told how his family "hit rock bottom" after their landlord evicted them, saying the property was to be sold - only for it to be let out at a higher rent.

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The housing crisis and spiralling rents have helped make Dublin the third-most attractive city in Europe for big property investors.

Foreign investors rush to cash in on our housing crisis

Dec 5, 2018 2:30

The housing crisis and spiralling rents have helped make Dublin the third-most attractive city in Europe for big property investors.

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Mortgage approvals jumped in October, both in terms of volume and value.

Mortgage approvals jump by 11pc as values also increase

Dec 3, 2018 2:30

Mortgage approvals jumped in October, both in terms of volume and value.

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Thousands of borrowers will see their mortgage debts shifted from Permanent TSB to be managed by Pepper, despite engaging with the bailed-out bank on their arrears.

Thousands of PTSB borrowers will see home loans transferred to Pepper

Nov 30, 2018 2:30

Thousands of borrowers will see their mortgage debts shifted from Permanent TSB to be managed by Pepper, despite engaging with the bailed-out bank on their arrears.

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THE rules dictating the amount of money people can borrow for a home and the size of deposits needed are to remain unchanged, the Central Bank said after a review.

Central Bank confirm no change to mortgage rules

Nov 28, 2018 13:58

THE rules dictating the amount of money people can borrow for a home and the size of deposits needed are to remain unchanged, the Central Bank said after a review.

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It's not the job of the IDA to tell the story of the Irish housing crisis, but State agencies should at least provide an accurate reflection of what's going on in our highly dysfunctional market.

Paul Melia: 'IDA should stick to facts and not try to put a shine on housing crisis'

Nov 27, 2018 2:30

It's not the job of the IDA to tell the story of the Irish housing crisis, but State agencies should at least provide an accurate reflection of what's going on in our highly dysfunctional market.

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Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have emerged victorious in their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.

Kennys win their battle as plans for €3m site thrown out by council

Nov 27, 2018 2:30

Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have emerged victorious in their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.

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A thousand so-called 'fast-track' apartments announced almost six months ago will not be built until late 2019 or even 2020.

'Fast-track' flats won't be finished until late next year

Nov 27, 2018 2:30

A thousand so-called 'fast-track' apartments announced almost six months ago will not be built until late 2019 or even 2020.

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The IDA has claimed that the rent for a small "one-person apartment" in Dublin is just above €1,000 per month.

Just 36 out of 1,479 one-bed flats cost €1,000 or less

Nov 27, 2018 2:30

The IDA has claimed that the rent for a small "one-person apartment" in Dublin is just above €1,000 per month.

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One of Ireland’s best known broadcasters, Newstalk's Pat Kenny and his wife, Kathy have won their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.

Pat Kenny and wife Kathy win housing battle as planning for apartment blocks refused

Nov 26, 2018 16:36

One of Ireland’s best known broadcasters, Newstalk's Pat Kenny and his wife, Kathy have won their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.

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The rise in house prices will slow further next year according to property experts surveyed by the Sunday Independent, while demand for houses may be peaking or already have stabilised.

The rise and rise of house prices is slowing at last, say experts

Nov 25, 2018 18:49

The rise in house prices will slow further next year according to property experts surveyed by the Sunday Independent, while demand for houses may be peaking or already have stabilised.

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<b>Question:My wife passed away and we have no children. My home is worth perhaps €400,000, and I have around €25,000 in the post office. I live more or less on my pension, which is €16,200 including the old age pension. My wife's death has brought my own mortality into focus. I am 79 and while I have five nieces and nephews I would certainly leave something to, I would prefer my house to be left to a charity where it could be used to house people in need. How would one go about this?<b>

Home Economics: Our property finance expert answers your questions

Nov 23, 2018 2:30

Question:My wife passed away and we have no children. My home is worth perhaps €400,000, and I have around €25,000 in the post office. I live more or less on my pension, which is €16,200 including the old age pension. My wife's death has brought my own mortality into focus. I am 79 and while I have five nieces and nephews I would certainly leave something to, I would prefer my house to be left to a charity where it could be used to house people in need. How would one go about this?

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More than 3,000 victims of the tracker-mortgage scandal are still waiting for compensation, but Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe cannot say when they will receive it.

Donohoe 'can't give timeline' for 3,000 tracker victims

Nov 23, 2018 2:30

More than 3,000 victims of the tracker-mortgage scandal are still waiting for compensation, but Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe cannot say when they will receive it.

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Every day we read stories about housing issues. Stories about the supply of housing, the affordability of housing, the availability of land or about long commutes. But we rarely stop to ask people what they think about their own housing situation.

John O'Connor: 'Home is where the heart is - if we can afford to live there'

Nov 21, 2018 2:30

Every day we read stories about housing issues. Stories about the supply of housing, the affordability of housing, the availability of land or about long commutes. But we rarely stop to ask people what they think about their own housing situation.

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Modest homes are seeing the biggest price rises, with cash buyers more likely to snap up cheaper properties than dearer ones.

Cash buyers snapping up cheaper homes is pushing up prices

Nov 21, 2018 2:30

Modest homes are seeing the biggest price rises, with cash buyers more likely to snap up cheaper properties than dearer ones.

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More than 250,000 couples are competing to buy a handful of first-time buyer homes coming on to the Dublin market due to the lack of supply.

250,000 couples fight for 'handful' of starter homes across capital

Nov 20, 2018 2:30

More than 250,000 couples are competing to buy a handful of first-time buyer homes coming on to the Dublin market due to the lack of supply.

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Fewer houses are being bought as property prices continue to rise.

Property sales slow as prices continue to increase

Nov 15, 2018 2:30

Fewer houses are being bought as property prices continue to rise.

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People in mortgage arrears suffer shame and stress and feel they've been abandoned by the State, it has been claimed.

People in mortgage arrears 'feel abandoned by the State'

Nov 15, 2018 2:30

People in mortgage arrears suffer shame and stress and feel they've been abandoned by the State, it has been claimed.

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FEWER houses are being bought as property prices continue to rise.

Fewer houses being bought as property prices continue to rise

Nov 14, 2018 12:35

FEWER houses are being bought as property prices continue to rise.

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A report for the Government has found that vulture funds are engaging with borrowers in arrears.

Vulture funds are engaging with borrowers in arrears, Government report finds

Nov 13, 2018 18:21

A report for the Government has found that vulture funds are engaging with borrowers in arrears.

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Rents have risen 30pc above Celtic Tiger rates and reached a record high for the 10th consecutive quarter, according to a new report.

Unwanted new records as rents surge 30pc higher than during Celtic Tiger

Nov 12, 2018 2:30

Rents have risen 30pc above Celtic Tiger rates and reached a record high for the 10th consecutive quarter, according to a new report.

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Fewer than 20 local authority loans aimed at helping first-time buyers get on the property ladder were drawn down in the cities during the first half of this year.

Fewer than 20 local authority home loans taken in cities

Nov 12, 2018 2:30

Fewer than 20 local authority loans aimed at helping first-time buyers get on the property ladder were drawn down in the cities during the first half of this year.

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The lack of competition in the banking market has been blamed after new figures showed mortgage rates here remain the highest in the eurozone.

Banking 'duopoly' is keeping mortgage rates high

Nov 10, 2018 2:30

The lack of competition in the banking market has been blamed after new figures showed mortgage rates here remain the highest in the eurozone.

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Almost 5,000 new dwellings were built in the third quarter of the year – a 23.4pc increase on the same period last year.

Almost 5,000 new dwellings built in third quarter of year - CSO

Nov 9, 2018 11:23

Almost 5,000 new dwellings were built in the third quarter of the year – a 23.4pc increase on the same period last year.

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Irish banks must shed a further €9bn of bad loans to meet ECB targets, Moody's has warned.

Half of bad loans now residential mortgages

Nov 9, 2018 2:30

Irish banks must shed a further €9bn of bad loans to meet ECB targets, Moody's has warned.

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High housing costs in the capital may be limiting the ability of companies to attract workers, a report from the four Dublin local authorities says.

High housing costs in Dublin could be limiting ability of companies to attract staff

Nov 9, 2018 2:30

High housing costs in the capital may be limiting the ability of companies to attract workers, a report from the four Dublin local authorities says.

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House price growth is expected to slow down in the coming years amid concerns about Brexit and a lack of perceived value in the property market.

House price hikes set to slow amid Brexit concerns and 'lack of value'

Nov 8, 2018 2:30

House price growth is expected to slow down in the coming years amid concerns about Brexit and a lack of perceived value in the property market.

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People who save into a pension should be allowed to borrow from it to fund a house purchase, a leading actuary has argued.

Allow people to raid pension pots to pay for deposit on a home, actuaries recommend

Nov 8, 2018 2:30

People who save into a pension should be allowed to borrow from it to fund a house purchase, a leading actuary has argued.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of dismissing the plight of thousands of young people seeking to buy their first home after he said it has "never been easy" to get a mortgage.

'It wasn't ever easy to save for first mortgage' - Taoiseach under fire for 'dismissive' comments about plight of first-time buyers

Nov 4, 2018 7:30

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of dismissing the plight of thousands of young people seeking to buy their first home after he said it has "never been easy" to get a mortgage.

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<b>Question:Myself and my boyfriend are buying our first home together. It is my first house, but he is selling a flat he owns to purchase it which is worth €140,000 once the mortgage is paid and our new house will be around €500,000. However, our solicitor is saying that his contribution to the purchase could be treated as a ‘gift’ to me, which I don’t understand, as we will both own the house 50/50. I’m putting in €25,000 of my savings also. Is there a tax implication and how do we get around it?</b>

Home Economics: Our property finance expert answers your questions

Nov 2, 2018 2:30

Question:Myself and my boyfriend are buying our first home together. It is my first house, but he is selling a flat he owns to purchase it which is worth €140,000 once the mortgage is paid and our new house will be around €500,000. However, our solicitor is saying that his contribution to the purchase could be treated as a ‘gift’ to me, which I don’t understand, as we will both own the house 50/50. I’m putting in €25,000 of my savings also. Is there a tax implication and how do we get around it?

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Hundreds of thousands of mortgage-holders, as well as small businesses, are set for a reprieve on anticipated higher repayments.

Good news for mortgage holders: Rates to stay low as the eurozone flounders

Oct 31, 2018 2:30

Hundreds of thousands of mortgage-holders, as well as small businesses, are set for a reprieve on anticipated higher repayments.

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House completions grew by a quarter in the three months to 30 September, according to BER Housebuilding Tracker from Goodbody.

House completions growing but still well below demand

Oct 26, 2018 7:16

House completions grew by a quarter in the three months to 30 September, according to BER Housebuilding Tracker from Goodbody.

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Credit unions will be able to do more mortgage lending and issue more commercial loans under proposals from the regulator.

Rule changes set to allow credit unions to issue more mortgages

Oct 25, 2018 2:30

Credit unions will be able to do more mortgage lending and issue more commercial loans under proposals from the regulator.

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The Central Bank has called for feedback on a report it has published outlining potential changes to the lending framework for credit unions.

Central Bank proposals would allow credit unions 'to offer home loans in a meaningful way'

Oct 24, 2018 11:52

The Central Bank has called for feedback on a report it has published outlining potential changes to the lending framework for credit unions.

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Councillors in Co Kildare have agreed to look at building log cabins as a cheaper alternative to building houses in a bid to tackle the housing crisis.

Could councillor's 'log cabin proposal' be a short-term solution to Ireland's housing crisis?

Oct 23, 2018 2:30

Councillors in Co Kildare have agreed to look at building log cabins as a cheaper alternative to building houses in a bid to tackle the housing crisis.

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A young couple waiting for permission to build their home for more than three years have said the obstacles created by planning authorities are fuelling the housing crisis.

Three-year wait for permission for family keen to build new house

Oct 23, 2018 2:30

A young couple waiting for permission to build their home for more than three years have said the obstacles created by planning authorities are fuelling the housing crisis.

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Architect Dermot Bannon has suggested that building apartments with proper storage areas rather than traditional semi-detached, three-bedroom homes could create a housing solution for Dublin.

'Time to re-imagine our cities - we need to build up, not semi-Ds' - Dermot Bannon

Oct 23, 2018 2:30

Architect Dermot Bannon has suggested that building apartments with proper storage areas rather than traditional semi-detached, three-bedroom homes could create a housing solution for Dublin.

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Ulster Bank is continuing to accept mortgage applications from new buyers who need an exemption from strict lending limits.

Ulster Bank is bucking trend on exemptions for new buyers

Oct 22, 2018 2:30

Ulster Bank is continuing to accept mortgage applications from new buyers who need an exemption from strict lending limits.

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<b>Question: We are three people renting a house together and the utility bills are becoming a nightmare. One of us wants to install a pre-pay meter as she says it’s the best value for money and we can tightly control our spend. I don’t agree, because I’ve heard these are actually quite expensive, but I would also like the control. As it is, we don’t really know where our costs are going. Now with electricity prices rising we really need a solution. The house itself is quite old (1980s) and wouldn’t have great insulation. Our landlord says we can change supplier if we want. We’re with Bord Gáis currently.</b>

Home Economics: Our property finance expert answers your questions

Oct 19, 2018 2:30

Question: We are three people renting a house together and the utility bills are becoming a nightmare. One of us wants to install a pre-pay meter as she says it’s the best value for money and we can tightly control our spend. I don’t agree, because I’ve heard these are actually quite expensive, but I would also like the control. As it is, we don’t really know where our costs are going. Now with electricity prices rising we really need a solution. The house itself is quite old (1980s) and wouldn’t have great insulation. Our landlord says we can change supplier if we want. We’re with Bord Gáis currently.

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The mortgage market is in line for a shake-up as Finance Ireland signalled its intention to become a key player with the purchase of the home-loans business of Pepper Money.

Families to save as mortgage market shake-up challenges existing lenders

Oct 19, 2018 2:30

The mortgage market is in line for a shake-up as Finance Ireland signalled its intention to become a key player with the purchase of the home-loans business of Pepper Money.

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First-time buyers here are paying hundreds of euro per month more for a mortgage than the European average.

First-time buyers pay out €157 more every month than eurozone average

Oct 16, 2018 2:30

First-time buyers here are paying hundreds of euro per month more for a mortgage than the European average.

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First-time buyers here are paying multiples more for a mortgage every year than the European average.

First-time buyers in Ireland paying multiples more for mortgage than European average

Oct 15, 2018 12:42

First-time buyers here are paying multiples more for a mortgage every year than the European average.

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The knock-on effect of Brexit is likely to see plenty of our older emigrants come home to roost early, along with a whole new tranche of British-born immigrants to boot.

Wild geese to return early - but it's not clear where we are going to put them

Oct 15, 2018 2:30

The knock-on effect of Brexit is likely to see plenty of our older emigrants come home to roost early, along with a whole new tranche of British-born immigrants to boot.

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STATE-owned Permanent TSB was accused of lacking care and respect for its customers when it appeared before the Oireachtas Finance Committee.

PTSB chief Masding accused of being 'uncaring' over selling mortgages to vulture funds

Oct 11, 2018 12:37

STATE-owned Permanent TSB was accused of lacking care and respect for its customers when it appeared before the Oireachtas Finance Committee.

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The most common price paid for a residential property has remained static in the past three months.

Median property price static amid dip in capital

Oct 10, 2018 2:30

The most common price paid for a residential property has remained static in the past three months.

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PROPERTY price rises have continued to moderate.

Property price rises moderately in August with the lowest growth in south Dublin

Oct 9, 2018 11:16

PROPERTY price rises have continued to moderate.

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Ireland's largest private landlord has scrapped plans to hike rents by up to 25pc at a south Dublin complex following protests by tenants.

'People power victory' as private landlord scraps rent hikes of up to 25pc

Oct 9, 2018 2:30

Ireland's largest private landlord has scrapped plans to hike rents by up to 25pc at a south Dublin complex following protests by tenants.

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House buyers are paying thousands of euro extra to live near a Luas line in Dublin.

You want to live near a Luas stop? Here's how much it adds to the average property price

Oct 9, 2018 2:30

House buyers are paying thousands of euro extra to live near a Luas line in Dublin.

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The pace of house building slowed for the second month in a row in September, hitting an 11-month low.

Pace of housing construction slows for the second month in a row

Oct 8, 2018 2:30

The pace of house building slowed for the second month in a row in September, hitting an 11-month low.

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Earlier this week, it was reported that the Independent Alliance TDs - who form part of the Government - are proposing a 'granny flat grant', that would help convert family homes into two units, as one of their flagship measures for Budget 2019.

Trinity professor Ronan Lyons: Downsizing is central to our housing solution

Oct 8, 2018 2:30

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Independent Alliance TDs - who form part of the Government - are proposing a 'granny flat grant', that would help convert family homes into two units, as one of their flagship measures for Budget 2019.

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The VAT rate on new homes should be slashed to zero to help fuel the construction such properties, according to the executive chairman of stock market-listed home builder Abbey.

Calls for VAT on new homes to be slashed to zero to help fuel construction

Oct 5, 2018 13:09

The VAT rate on new homes should be slashed to zero to help fuel the construction such properties, according to the executive chairman of stock market-listed home builder Abbey.

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Irish banks have paid around €580m to customers impacted by the tracker mortgage scandal, according to the Central Bank Governor Philip Lane.

Irish banks 'paid €580m to customers impacted by tracker mortgage scandal'

Oct 4, 2018 7:53

Irish banks have paid around €580m to customers impacted by the tracker mortgage scandal, according to the Central Bank Governor Philip Lane.

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Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry believes that there are at least half a million people in the country whose housing situation is causing them serious distress.

Housing: More than 10,000 vent their anger over crisis

Oct 4, 2018 2:30

Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry believes that there are at least half a million people in the country whose housing situation is causing them serious distress.

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A special savings scheme to help first-time buyers is being considered as part of Budget 2019, the Irish Independent can reveal.

First-time buyers to get savings top-up in Budget housing plan

Oct 4, 2018 2:30

A special savings scheme to help first-time buyers is being considered as part of Budget 2019, the Irish Independent can reveal.

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A project backed by celebrity architect Dermot Bannon has been championing the idea of converting elderly people's homes into separate units for two years now - and it costs a lot more than €15,000.

Room to Improve: Dermot Bannon backs project to convert pensioners' homes into separate units

Oct 4, 2018 2:30

A project backed by celebrity architect Dermot Bannon has been championing the idea of converting elderly people's homes into separate units for two years now - and it costs a lot more than €15,000.

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Tom Roche (69) from Offaly fears what the future will hold for him after he fell into mortgage arrears.

'This is like a nightmare' - Tom (69) on the fear of losing his home

Oct 4, 2018 2:30

Tom Roche (69) from Offaly fears what the future will hold for him after he fell into mortgage arrears.

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Half of all workers will still be paying debts in their retirement including mortgage or paying rent.

Half of all workers to still be in debt when they retire

Oct 4, 2018 2:30

Half of all workers will still be paying debts in their retirement including mortgage or paying rent.

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More than 530 social homes first announced three years ago will not be completed and ready for occupation until at least 2020.

More than 500 social homes announced in 2015 won't be delivered before 2020

Oct 3, 2018 2:30

More than 530 social homes first announced three years ago will not be completed and ready for occupation until at least 2020.

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Forget avocado toast and living beyond our means - the only reason that so many first-time buyers like myself are waiting until our mid-30s to buy is because of the dysfunctional housing market.

'We have mortgage approval and a significant deposit - but it's a catch 22 when it comes to renting and looking to buy'

Oct 3, 2018 2:30

Forget avocado toast and living beyond our means - the only reason that so many first-time buyers like myself are waiting until our mid-30s to buy is because of the dysfunctional housing market.

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Mortgage borrowers are getting older as it takes longer to save for a deposit for a property.

Revealed: First-time buyers now 34 before they save up for home they will pay off in retirement

Oct 3, 2018 2:30

Mortgage borrowers are getting older as it takes longer to save for a deposit for a property.

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Peter and Birgit Lochmann have always loved travelling, but since retirement they've found that Airbnb is bringing the world to them.

Bringing world to us: 'We let out our art studio to meet people - it's like travelling while standing still'

Oct 1, 2018 2:30

Peter and Birgit Lochmann have always loved travelling, but since retirement they've found that Airbnb is bringing the world to them.

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The number of older Airbnb hosts - or 'empty nesters' - is rising rapidly.

Older Airbnb hosts on the rise as 'empty nesters' earn €3,000 a year letting rooms

Oct 1, 2018 2:30

The number of older Airbnb hosts - or 'empty nesters' - is rising rapidly.

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It came as a shock to self-employed driving school operator Jay Sukhdeo when he was turned down by the banks for a mortgage.

'I only needed a €100k mortgage for a €480k house but the banks turned me down'

Oct 1, 2018 2:30

It came as a shock to self-employed driving school operator Jay Sukhdeo when he was turned down by the banks for a mortgage.

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The mortgage market is finally due to undergo a massive shake-up.

Mortgage market shake-up: Credit unions set to challenge banks and open up market

Oct 1, 2018 2:30

The mortgage market is finally due to undergo a massive shake-up.

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The Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane has welcomed indications that the surge in house prices is showing signs of abating.

Head of Central Bank hails slowdown in surging house prices

Sep 29, 2018 2:30

The Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane has welcomed indications that the surge in house prices is showing signs of abating.

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Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane has said that Irish house prices flatlining is "good news".

Irish house prices flatlining 'good news' – Philip Lane in Bloomberg interview

Sep 28, 2018 9:27

Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane has said that Irish house prices flatlining is "good news".

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Local authorities have built fewer than 500 homes in the first half of the year.

Councils fall dramatically short of target

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

Local authorities have built fewer than 500 homes in the first half of the year.

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Property owners in certain areas are facing a clampdown on the use of sites like Airbnb to cash in on short-term lets on a long-term basis.

Clampdown on long-term Airbnb lets in rent zones

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

Property owners in certain areas are facing a clampdown on the use of sites like Airbnb to cash in on short-term lets on a long-term basis.

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In December 2012, the government designated North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock in the Dublin Docklands as a strategic development zone (SDZ).

Paul Melia: Setback does not inspire much confidence crisis will be solved

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

In December 2012, the government designated North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock in the Dublin Docklands as a strategic development zone (SDZ).

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The level of mortgage switching continues to increase sharply - albeit off a low base.

Sharp increase in number of mortgage holders switching

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

The level of mortgage switching continues to increase sharply - albeit off a low base.

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A much-hyped fast-track housing plan to deliver thousands of new homes for families will be gathering dust for at least three years before anything is done.

Revealed: Fast-track plan for thousands of new homes in tatters

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

A much-hyped fast-track housing plan to deliver thousands of new homes for families will be gathering dust for at least three years before anything is done.

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A SPANISH bank has bought Irish credit operator Avantcard in a move that raises the prospect of a new foreign lender shaking up the market.

Spanish bank is first foreign lender since crash to enter Ireland

Sep 28, 2018 2:30

A SPANISH bank has bought Irish credit operator Avantcard in a move that raises the prospect of a new foreign lender shaking up the market.

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A draw in the Mansion House for a home in Ballyfermot, where new housing estates were being developed, was the novel way in which growing demand was tackled in 1948.

When homes were raffled in Ballyfermot to hopeful families

Sep 26, 2018 2:30

A draw in the Mansion House for a home in Ballyfermot, where new housing estates were being developed, was the novel way in which growing demand was tackled in 1948.

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The Central Bank has been producing data that "grossly" overstates mortgage arrears, calling into question a raft of home repossessions.

Central Bank's arrears figure 'overstated by a huge amount'

Sep 25, 2018 2:30

The Central Bank has been producing data that "grossly" overstates mortgage arrears, calling into question a raft of home repossessions.

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WHEN the Central Bank tightened up on mortgage lending by introducing a stringent new set of lending criteria in February 2015, it was against a backdrop of house price inflation running close to 20pc per annum in the capital and rising to worrying levels in other cities.

Mark Keenan: Stop-gap lending rules limit home ownership to rich

Sep 24, 2018 12:54

WHEN the Central Bank tightened up on mortgage lending by introducing a stringent new set of lending criteria in February 2015, it was against a backdrop of house price inflation running close to 20pc per annum in the capital and rising to worrying levels in other cities.

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House prices are flatlining in Dublin and Ireland's other cities - with even an average 'semi-D' out of ordinary families' price range.

New data shows house prices nationwide flatline - with a semi-D now beyond reach for ordinary families

Sep 24, 2018 2:30

House prices are flatlining in Dublin and Ireland's other cities - with even an average 'semi-D' out of ordinary families' price range.

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Families are being forced to lower their expectations in a housing market driven by need rather than choice, a survey has revealed.

Desperate house hunters are forced to compromise to put down roots

Sep 24, 2018 2:30

Families are being forced to lower their expectations in a housing market driven by need rather than choice, a survey has revealed.

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The Government has been criticised for financing builders and developers to build on State lands that will be provided by the Land Development Agency (LDA).

New agency criticised for 'bankrolling' developers

Sep 23, 2018 18:00

The Government has been criticised for financing builders and developers to build on State lands that will be provided by the Land Development Agency (LDA).

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The Government will provide cheap funding to builders and developers to finance the development of lands they secure through the newly-proposed Land Development Agency (LDA).

State backing for builders is under fire

Sep 23, 2018 18:00

The Government will provide cheap funding to builders and developers to finance the development of lands they secure through the newly-proposed Land Development Agency (LDA).

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Almost half of mortgage holders feel they were put under pressure to take out their bank's protection policy, new research has found.

Borrowers unaware of protection choice

Sep 23, 2018 18:00

Almost half of mortgage holders feel they were put under pressure to take out their bank's protection policy, new research has found.

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