A leading developer has warned Ireland's housing market is now totally dysfunctional with the Central Bank having over-corrected since the property crash and ordinary Irish workers being priced out of ever owning their own home.

Central Bank blamed for dysfunctional house market

Mar 6, 2019 2:30

A leading developer has warned Ireland's housing market is now totally dysfunctional with the Central Bank having over-corrected since the property crash and ordinary Irish workers being priced out of ever owning their own home.

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Home ownership in Ireland is plummeting among younger people, meaning that US investment giants can reap huge dividends.

US investors reap dividends as home ownership falls

Mar 6, 2019 2:30

Home ownership in Ireland is plummeting among younger people, meaning that US investment giants can reap huge dividends.

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Home ownership in Ireland is plummeting among younger people, meaning US investment giants can reap huge dividends.

How foreign investors are squeezing out home buyers

Mar 6, 2019 2:30

Home ownership in Ireland is plummeting among younger people, meaning US investment giants can reap huge dividends.

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A change in eligibility criteria could see 14,000 homeowners in mortgage arrears qualify for inclusion under the Government's new mortgage-to-rent scheme.

'No one needs to lose their home' - 14,000 in arrears given hope

Mar 4, 2019 2:30

A change in eligibility criteria could see 14,000 homeowners in mortgage arrears qualify for inclusion under the Government's new mortgage-to-rent scheme.

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The Central Bank has reservations about banning mortgage cashback deals.

Bank watchdog now reluctant to ban mortgage cashbacks amid pressure

Mar 1, 2019 2:30

The Central Bank has reservations about banning mortgage cashback deals.

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The Department of Housing was accused of "spin" in how it presented figures for the number of new social homes built last year, as senior officials appeared before the Dáil's spending watchdog.

'These guys are as cute as foxes' - officials accused of 'spin' on social housing numbers

Mar 1, 2019 2:30

The Department of Housing was accused of "spin" in how it presented figures for the number of new social homes built last year, as senior officials appeared before the Dáil's spending watchdog.

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Lender Permanent TSB has not ruled out more mortgage sales to vulture funds despite massive controversy after the recent sale of thousands of loans.

Permanent TSB chief won't rule out more loan sales to vulture funds

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

Lender Permanent TSB has not ruled out more mortgage sales to vulture funds despite massive controversy after the recent sale of thousands of loans.

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There are 40 actions in the Government's ambitious proposals on housing options for Ireland's ageing population. Here are 10 key measures:

10 key measures in housing plan - from incentives for 'right-sizing' to expanding care in communities

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

There are 40 actions in the Government's ambitious proposals on housing options for Ireland's ageing population. Here are 10 key measures:

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Fine Gael has been accused of "terrifying" older people with proposals to incentivise downsizing from family homes to smaller properties.

Fine Gael accused of 'terrifying' older people with home downsizing plans

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

Fine Gael has been accused of "terrifying" older people with proposals to incentivise downsizing from family homes to smaller properties.

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House prices are not overvalued despite rising by a massive 83pc since the economic crash, an EU Commission report has found.

House prices not too high despite 83pc hike, says EU

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

House prices are not overvalued despite rising by a massive 83pc since the economic crash, an EU Commission report has found.

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This Government's housing policy has been a disaster so far. Not enough homes are being built. Rents have shot past boom levels. The number of homeless people hovers around 10,000.

Lorraine Courtney: 'In this bad game of Monopoly, the young find they can't even pass Go'

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

This Government's housing policy has been a disaster so far. Not enough homes are being built. Rents have shot past boom levels. The number of homeless people hovers around 10,000.

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Irish house prices are not overvalued despite rising by a massive 83pc since the economic crash, an EU Commission report has found.

House prices here not overvalued despite 83pc jump since the crash - EU report

Feb 28, 2019 2:30

Irish house prices are not overvalued despite rising by a massive 83pc since the economic crash, an EU Commission report has found.

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GOVERNMENT legislation aimed at helping borrowers in mortgage arrears will discourage new leaders coming into the market.

Law aimed at helping families facing repossession 'will stop new lenders coming here'

Feb 27, 2019 11:17

GOVERNMENT legislation aimed at helping borrowers in mortgage arrears will discourage new leaders coming into the market.

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Borrowers availing of the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan (RIHL) are paying over the odds for mortgage protection insurance, making the loans far more expensive than originally thought.

Borrowers pay over the odds for mortgage insurance

Feb 25, 2019 2:30

Borrowers availing of the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan (RIHL) are paying over the odds for mortgage protection insurance, making the loans far more expensive than originally thought.

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Mortgage exemptions are squeezing buyers out of the housing market, letting cash buyers pick up bargains in the second half of the year.

Central Bank mortgage exemptions squeeze buyers out of the market

Feb 24, 2019 18:11

Mortgage exemptions are squeezing buyers out of the housing market, letting cash buyers pick up bargains in the second half of the year.

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The Government is to begin paying older people to downsize and move into age-friendly neighbourhoods, a major new report reveals.

Property revolution: Government to begin paying older people to downsize

Feb 24, 2019 18:30

The Government is to begin paying older people to downsize and move into age-friendly neighbourhoods, a major new report reveals.

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Q We were recently approved for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan (RBHL). We were delighted to get approval as this meant we could now get an affordable mortgage, or so we thought. On closer inspection, we realised we were tied into a mortgage protection provider called Generali Pan Europe which will charge 0.55pc of our loan amount working out as an extra €132 per month. This is up to 10 times more expensive than most other providers.

Home Economics: Our property finance expert answers your questions

Feb 22, 2019 2:30

Q We were recently approved for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan (RBHL). We were delighted to get approval as this meant we could now get an affordable mortgage, or so we thought. On closer inspection, we realised we were tied into a mortgage protection provider called Generali Pan Europe which will charge 0.55pc of our loan amount working out as an extra €132 per month. This is up to 10 times more expensive than most other providers.

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Almost half of all the residential properties bought last year were purchased with cash or savings.

Almost half of properties snapped up by cash buyers

Feb 19, 2019 2:30

Almost half of all the residential properties bought last year were purchased with cash or savings.

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Approximately 45pc of all properties sold in 2018 were paid for with cash or savings.

Revealed: Almost half of properties sold last year were bought with cash or savings

Feb 18, 2019 8:47

Approximately 45pc of all properties sold in 2018 were paid for with cash or savings.

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Leading lender AIB is facing a legal challenge over its decision to refuse customers a tracker rate.

AIB faces a legal challenge over refusal to grant tracker mortgages to its customers

Feb 18, 2019 2:30

Leading lender AIB is facing a legal challenge over its decision to refuse customers a tracker rate.

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Property prices are continuing to rise but the rate of increase is slowing, indicating a slight cooling off.

Property prices still rising but at slower rate

Feb 15, 2019 2:30

Property prices are continuing to rise but the rate of increase is slowing, indicating a slight cooling off.

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The case of Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood has attracted lots of attention after a court was told that the last payment on their mortgage was in 2010.

Rent-free: How do you get away with not paying mortgage for nine years?

Feb 15, 2019 2:30

The case of Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood has attracted lots of attention after a court was told that the last payment on their mortgage was in 2010.

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Property prices are continuing to rise, but the rate of increase is down indicating a slight cooling down.

Property prices still rising - but easing rate of increase indicates slight cooling down

Feb 14, 2019 11:18

Property prices are continuing to rise, but the rate of increase is down indicating a slight cooling down.

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Bank of Ireland is denying trackers to a large number of its own staff, despite evidence that they were promised they would be put on the low-cost mortgage rate.

Bank of Ireland 'resists calls to give 200 staff tracker rates it promised'

Feb 12, 2019 2:30

Bank of Ireland is denying trackers to a large number of its own staff, despite evidence that they were promised they would be put on the low-cost mortgage rate.

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Banks have been called on to cut their mortgage rates after new figures again showed this country has some of the most expensive home loans in Europe.

Call for banks to cut mortgage rates as new figures reveal expense of Ireland's home loans

Feb 8, 2019 12:49

Banks have been called on to cut their mortgage rates after new figures again showed this country has some of the most expensive home loans in Europe.

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Dublin City Council wants more money from the Department of Housing to pay developers for the 10pc of units it is entitled to in pricier parts of the city.

Council wants more cash to pay for social housing in pricier parts of capital

Feb 8, 2019 2:30

Dublin City Council wants more money from the Department of Housing to pay developers for the 10pc of units it is entitled to in pricier parts of the city.

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Mortgage holders and those planning to buy a home might be forgiven for worrying that home-loan interest rates were about to start going up.

Charlie Weston: 'Interest now seems unlikely to rise - but it won't be coming down, either'

Feb 8, 2019 2:30

Mortgage holders and those planning to buy a home might be forgiven for worrying that home-loan interest rates were about to start going up.

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There has been a sharp drop in the number of court proceedings issued to repossess homes.

Legal moves to repossess homes drop 50pc in year

Feb 8, 2019 2:30

There has been a sharp drop in the number of court proceedings issued to repossess homes.

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Mortgage holders here can breathe a sigh of relief as the threat of an interest rate hike in the next two years is receding.

Mortgage rates to remain low amid Brexit uncertainty

Feb 8, 2019 2:30

Mortgage holders here can breathe a sigh of relief as the threat of an interest rate hike in the next two years is receding.

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Q I bought a Section 23 property in 2005 on which I claimed the relevant tax relief at the time. This property now has losses in excess of €100,000. I have a second property which has a gain of a similar amount. I would like to sell these properties to my son but will I be able to offset the loss against the capital gain or does the Section 23 tax break affect this?

Home Economics: 'I'm a pensioner and would like to rent out a room in my home. Do I have to report the rent I earn?'

Feb 8, 2019 2:30

Q I bought a Section 23 property in 2005 on which I claimed the relevant tax relief at the time. This property now has losses in excess of €100,000. I have a second property which has a gain of a similar amount. I would like to sell these properties to my son but will I be able to offset the loss against the capital gain or does the Section 23 tax break affect this?

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On the Ballyogan road, in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, there is a fine illustration of the past and future of housing. On one side are the houses built a couple of decades ago - the typical semi-detached, vaguely mock Tudor job, with garden front and rear.

Brendan Keenan: 'How the 'squeezed middle' gains from the value of home ownership'

Feb 7, 2019 2:30

On the Ballyogan road, in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, there is a fine illustration of the past and future of housing. On one side are the houses built a couple of decades ago - the typical semi-detached, vaguely mock Tudor job, with garden front and rear.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will be urged to return to the drawing board on the Government's housing policy in light of Brexit in a new report which will be signed off by a Fine Gael TD.

Murphy told to 'rethink plans' for solution to housing crisis

Feb 7, 2019 2:30

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will be urged to return to the drawing board on the Government's housing policy in light of Brexit in a new report which will be signed off by a Fine Gael TD.

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The number of mortgage holders hit by the tracker scandal has shot up again, with a warning the number could rise further.

Number of victims of tracker mortgage scandal rises to almost 40,000

Feb 5, 2019 2:30

The number of mortgage holders hit by the tracker scandal has shot up again, with a warning the number could rise further.

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Political chaos and a series of tax hikes pushed the average price of a home in London's most-desired districts down by almost 5pc last year, paring it to a low not seen since the start of 2013.

House prices fall in leading London areas amid political chaos and tax hikes

Feb 5, 2019 2:30

Political chaos and a series of tax hikes pushed the average price of a home in London's most-desired districts down by almost 5pc last year, paring it to a low not seen since the start of 2013.

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Q My younger son announced his engagement at Christmas and is getting married next
year. He farms the family farm with my husband, myself and our other son, who is unmarried. My younger son’s fiancée is not used to farm life and works as a nurse in the town. We like her well enough but worry that if anything goes wrong in the future she would have some claim over the farm which we want to leave to our two sons to carry on. How do we protect against this?

Legal Advice: We're worried our daughter in law will have a claim over the farm

Feb 3, 2019 11:43

Q My younger son announced his engagement at Christmas and is getting married next year. He farms the family farm with my husband, myself and our other son, who is unmarried. My younger son’s fiancée is not used to farm life and works as a nurse in the town. We like her well enough but worry that if anything goes wrong in the future she would have some claim over the farm which we want to leave to our two sons to carry on. How do we protect against this?

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Q We have a ‘granny flat’ as a separate building beside our house which is a selfcontained unit. We had let it to a family friend for many years at a peppercorn rent just to cover utilities and he in turn provided a security presence, and also did painting/repairs etc, for us over the years. He is now moving on and we wish to rent out the place on a more formal footing. My concern is over the rent pressure zone we are in — 4pc above his very low rent would not make any difference but what rights do we have to charge a market rent?

Ask Sinead Ryan: What rights do we have to charge a market rent on our granny flat?

Feb 3, 2019 8:56

Q We have a ‘granny flat’ as a separate building beside our house which is a selfcontained unit. We had let it to a family friend for many years at a peppercorn rent just to cover utilities and he in turn provided a security presence, and also did painting/repairs etc, for us over the years. He is now moving on and we wish to rent out the place on a more formal footing. My concern is over the rent pressure zone we are in — 4pc above his very low rent would not make any difference but what rights do we have to charge a market rent?

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With mortgage approvals for first-time buyers down in December and new housing output in Dublin falling, the outlook for the housing market in 2019 is uncertain.

Housing market could be facing a hit in 2019

Feb 3, 2019 18:00

With mortgage approvals for first-time buyers down in December and new housing output in Dublin falling, the outlook for the housing market in 2019 is uncertain.

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LEADING mortgage lender Bank of Ireland has cut some of its short-term rates, but also increasing fixed rates for those who want to lock in for five years or more.

Bank of Ireland cuts some fixed mortgage rates, but increases others

Jan 30, 2019 11:25

LEADING mortgage lender Bank of Ireland has cut some of its short-term rates, but also increasing fixed rates for those who want to lock in for five years or more.

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More people took out mortgages last year compared with the previous year.

40,000 home loans drawn down last year

Jan 29, 2019 2:30

More people took out mortgages last year compared with the previous year.

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The Government has formally launched a new State lender that will finance house building.

New State lender - aimed at builders and developers - has initial €750m to finance house building

Jan 28, 2019 10:47

The Government has formally launched a new State lender that will finance house building.

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The amount of money paid by the Government to private landlords has spiralled by more than €200m in four years.

Amount paid by State to private landlords soars to €276.6m

Jan 28, 2019 2:30

The amount of money paid by the Government to private landlords has spiralled by more than €200m in four years.

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Tax breaks to encourage older homeowners to downsize are among a raft of new measures aimed at promoting dedicated housing for people over 55.

Tax breaks plan to help over-55s downsize homes

Jan 28, 2019 2:30

Tax breaks to encourage older homeowners to downsize are among a raft of new measures aimed at promoting dedicated housing for people over 55.

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More than 3,000 people have avoided homelessness on the back of the mortgage arrears aid scheme, its annual report has stated.

More than 3,000 avoid homelessness on back of mortgage arrears scheme

Jan 28, 2019 2:30

More than 3,000 people have avoided homelessness on the back of the mortgage arrears aid scheme, its annual report has stated.

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Mortgage rates are unlikely to come down further despite being the second highest in the eurozone.

Mortgage rates 'are fairly priced and won't drop any time soon'

Jan 26, 2019 2:30

Mortgage rates are unlikely to come down further despite being the second highest in the eurozone.

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After a busy life in the hospitality industry, the owners of Arranmore House have decided that the time has come to put their feet up and enjoy retirement in warmer climes. It won't be easy for them to walk away from their home, however, after 16 years of hard work and happy times.

A touch of baroque in a stone mansion with its own stables for €795k in Kildare

Jan 25, 2019 2:30

After a busy life in the hospitality industry, the owners of Arranmore House have decided that the time has come to put their feet up and enjoy retirement in warmer climes. It won't be easy for them to walk away from their home, however, after 16 years of hard work and happy times.

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A new option has been offered for those in deep arrears. Anyone considering the scheme would be wise to get independent financial advice. Here is how it works:

How scheme will work for those at risk of losing home

Jan 23, 2019 2:30

A new option has been offered for those in deep arrears. Anyone considering the scheme would be wise to get independent financial advice. Here is how it works:

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Nama has entered a joint venture with one of the country's largest developers, Cairn, to build 550 homes.

Nama provides land for Cairn JV to build 550 homes

Jan 23, 2019 2:30

Nama has entered a joint venture with one of the country's largest developers, Cairn, to build 550 homes.

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Debt-wracked mortgage holders who are in danger of having their homes repossessed are set to get a new lifeline.

Firm to rent homes back to families hit by debts

Jan 23, 2019 2:30

Debt-wracked mortgage holders who are in danger of having their homes repossessed are set to get a new lifeline.

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A London-based co-living company, The Collective, has purchased its first building in Dublin as part of its plans to expand into Europe and the US.

UK co-living company to enter Irish market

Jan 20, 2019 18:00

A London-based co-living company, The Collective, has purchased its first building in Dublin as part of its plans to expand into Europe and the US.

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By what percentage do you think house prices might rise or fall in 2019?

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

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The market for second-hand houses in Dublin 16 is being impacted by the availability of new houses, with second-hand properties showing minimal growth during 2018 and even falling back slightly in the third quarter. Knocklyon was impacted most.

Dublin 16: D16's 'challenging' year as new pads impact prices

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market for second-hand houses in Dublin 16 is being impacted by the availability of new houses, with second-hand properties showing minimal growth during 2018 and even falling back slightly in the third quarter. Knocklyon was impacted most.

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Home values in D12 are down 5pc on this time last year, with some types suffering more substantially on price. The postcode has an unusually diverse number of different property types.

Dublin 12: End of D12 drought brings more stock and softer prices soften

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Home values in D12 are down 5pc on this time last year, with some types suffering more substantially on price. The postcode has an unusually diverse number of different property types.

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VALUES are up 5pc in D14 with exemptions to the Central Bank's lending rules seeing a busy market in the first six months of 2018. But even though most sales are agreed within four or six weeks, the time that it is taking to close those sales has been drifting out to four or five months on average.

Prices stagnate at the top in D14 but semis sell well

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

VALUES are up 5pc in D14 with exemptions to the Central Bank's lending rules seeing a busy market in the first six months of 2018. But even though most sales are agreed within four or six weeks, the time that it is taking to close those sales has been drifting out to four or five months on average.

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VALUES in D6 are up 6pc, a significant jump, but just half of the 12pc recorded the previous year. This cooling is largely because investors are no longer active.

Dublin 6: Investors no longer active in D6 market

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

VALUES in D6 are up 6pc, a significant jump, but just half of the 12pc recorded the previous year. This cooling is largely because investors are no longer active.

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The market in Dublin 18 is performing sustainably overall with values increasing by an average of 4pc across what is a large and diverse postcode.

Dublin 18: Steady in the middle but dead flat at the top of D18

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market in Dublin 18 is performing sustainably overall with values increasing by an average of 4pc across what is a large and diverse postcode.

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Dublin 2's market is emerging from a very mixed year with properties priced under €400,000 showing value growth of 6pc. In contrast, high end homes are worth much the same as they were a year ago with many shedding early value gains through the last six months. The apartment market around the €600,000 mark was particularly challenging, with supply up by 41pc compared to 2017.

Dublin 2: Higher end slows in D2 but smaller units sell by the block

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Dublin 2's market is emerging from a very mixed year with properties priced under €400,000 showing value growth of 6pc. In contrast, high end homes are worth much the same as they were a year ago with many shedding early value gains through the last six months. The apartment market around the €600,000 mark was particularly challenging, with supply up by 41pc compared to 2017.

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VALUES are up 8pc in Ballyfermot following an odd but generally active year which saw a surge in the opening half, a lull in the middle and a resumption of frantic activity in November and December. But it was nothing on the previous year's worrying runaway value surge of 16pc.

Dublin 10: Bidding wars in Ballyfermot's 'active market'

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

VALUES are up 8pc in Ballyfermot following an odd but generally active year which saw a surge in the opening half, a lull in the middle and a resumption of frantic activity in November and December. But it was nothing on the previous year's worrying runaway value surge of 16pc.

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For the first time in many years, there is a substantial number of new houses becoming available in Dublin West County. Starter homes in developments such as Somerton and Shackleton Park in Lucan, and St Helen's in Adamstown, are coming to the market in several phases, with homes for traders-up at Rokeby Park, also in Lucan. More phases are due to be released this year.

Dublin West: Entry-level homes sell strongest in West Dublin

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

For the first time in many years, there is a substantial number of new houses becoming available in Dublin West County. Starter homes in developments such as Somerton and Shackleton Park in Lucan, and St Helen's in Adamstown, are coming to the market in several phases, with homes for traders-up at Rokeby Park, also in Lucan. More phases are due to be released this year.

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As in previous years, prices were performing strongly in the more mature parts of Dublin 20 during 2018, with old Palmerstown particularly in demand. Overall values are up by 6pc.

Dublin 20: Hikes continue in D20 but slow bidding over €400k

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

As in previous years, prices were performing strongly in the more mature parts of Dublin 20 during 2018, with old Palmerstown particularly in demand. Overall values are up by 6pc.

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A year ago, this report noted the sale during 2017 of a one-bedroom apartment without parking at The Gasworks in Dublin 3 for €365,000. In 2018 a similar apartment with parking made just €2,000 more, evidence of the decline in interest from investors.

Dublin 4: New reality on prices means D4 might offer better value

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

A year ago, this report noted the sale during 2017 of a one-bedroom apartment without parking at The Gasworks in Dublin 3 for €365,000. In 2018 a similar apartment with parking made just €2,000 more, evidence of the decline in interest from investors.

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There has been a lack of supply in Roscommon Town in the past few years so locals were excited when a new development was launched last year.

Roscommon: Lack of supply pushes up values by an average of 7pc

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

There has been a lack of supply in Roscommon Town in the past few years so locals were excited when a new development was launched last year.

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Property values in Dublin 1 are up by an average of 5pc with properties at the lower end of the market (priced at under €320,000) definitely performing best. Value growth in the last 12 months has been just under half that achieved the previous year because of an increase in the number of properties coming to the market, affordability issues as the Central Bank's lending rules become more of an obstacle, and significantly less demand from investors.

Dublin 1: Properties at lower end of D1 market performing best

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Property values in Dublin 1 are up by an average of 5pc with properties at the lower end of the market (priced at under €320,000) definitely performing best. Value growth in the last 12 months has been just under half that achieved the previous year because of an increase in the number of properties coming to the market, affordability issues as the Central Bank's lending rules become more of an obstacle, and significantly less demand from investors.

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The majority of growth in Dublin 6W, consistent across all types of properties, happened in the first six months of the year, along with the bulk of transactions.

Dublin 6W: Buyers showing more caution in Dublin 6W

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The majority of growth in Dublin 6W, consistent across all types of properties, happened in the first six months of the year, along with the bulk of transactions.

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The market in Sligo has reached a point where builders are happy to test the water again. Most building up to last year had just involved developers coming in and mopping up sites that weren't completed before the crash.

Sligo: New Sligo schemes attract strong demand

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market in Sligo has reached a point where builders are happy to test the water again. Most building up to last year had just involved developers coming in and mopping up sites that weren't completed before the crash.

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While the early part of 2018 saw values surge by 9pc in Dublin 22, there was some sharp corrections in the second half of the year, leading to an average increase in values over the course of the year standing at about 5pc.

Dublin 22: Up 9pc then back down 4pc makes a seesaw for D22 prices

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

While the early part of 2018 saw values surge by 9pc in Dublin 22, there was some sharp corrections in the second half of the year, leading to an average increase in values over the course of the year standing at about 5pc.

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The market remains strong in Dublin 8, albeit with the 15pc inflation of a year ago now cooled to a more a more reasonable 5pc.

Dublin 8: 'Portobello properties most popular in D8'

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market remains strong in Dublin 8, albeit with the 15pc inflation of a year ago now cooled to a more a more reasonable 5pc.

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Even without the inclusion of upmarket Clontarf, the postcode of Dublin 3 is one of the most diverse in Dublin. Property values are reasonably comparable between, for instance, East Wall and North Strand, and between Fairview and Marino, but Ballybough is different again, with prices significantly lower there than in other parts of the postcode.

Dublin 3 (Excluding Clontarf): Buyers favour 'turnkey' homes throughout D3

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Even without the inclusion of upmarket Clontarf, the postcode of Dublin 3 is one of the most diverse in Dublin. Property values are reasonably comparable between, for instance, East Wall and North Strand, and between Fairview and Marino, but Ballybough is different again, with prices significantly lower there than in other parts of the postcode.

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Prices for three-bedroom semis are the same as they were a year ago in Clontarf, aside from those in excellent condition. Other property types showed modest increases in value.

Dublin 3 (Clontarf)

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Prices for three-bedroom semis are the same as they were a year ago in Clontarf, aside from those in excellent condition. Other property types showed modest increases in value.

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STEADY and consistent sales are the order of the day in Dublin 5, with a good level of activity and values generally up by around 4pc on last year. Most of the transactions involve good-quality family homes.

Dublin 5: Sustainable increases in D5 with Killester being most in demand

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

STEADY and consistent sales are the order of the day in Dublin 5, with a good level of activity and values generally up by around 4pc on last year. Most of the transactions involve good-quality family homes.

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Dublin 24 is still affordable compared to many other Dublin postcodes and prices are up 8pc across different property types as a result. The bulk of this increase in value occurred in the first half of 2018.

Dublin 24: Ups and downs in D24 with overall value hike

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Dublin 24 is still affordable compared to many other Dublin postcodes and prices are up 8pc across different property types as a result. The bulk of this increase in value occurred in the first half of 2018.

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It's all about location in Dublin 11, which benefits from proximity to the M50 and DCU, Ireland's fastest-growing university. Big employers in the area include hospitals such as the Bon Secours and Beaumont, and Dublin Airport, which is a 10-minute drive away.

Dublin 11: D11 demand still outstrips supply thanks to location

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

It's all about location in Dublin 11, which benefits from proximity to the M50 and DCU, Ireland's fastest-growing university. Big employers in the area include hospitals such as the Bon Secours and Beaumont, and Dublin Airport, which is a 10-minute drive away.

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Compared with some other Dublin postcodes, property values in Dublin 17 are up substantially, by 10pc. The price of an average three-bedroom semi-detached house has increased from €295,000 to €325,000 over the course of the past twelve months.

Dublin 17: D17 price surge is among the highest in the capital

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Compared with some other Dublin postcodes, property values in Dublin 17 are up substantially, by 10pc. The price of an average three-bedroom semi-detached house has increased from €295,000 to €325,000 over the course of the past twelve months.

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THE most demand in D15 is for family homes as buyers with an anchor in the area seek to get established. Many of this cohort have been been working abroad and are returning to nest.

Dublin 15: Solid prices paid right to the top in D15

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

THE most demand in D15 is for family homes as buyers with an anchor in the area seek to get established. Many of this cohort have been been working abroad and are returning to nest.

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The market in Dublin North County is performing steadily with average increases in property values of around 5pc. Most of this increase was seen in the first two quarters of last year, when there was competition from prospective buyers for properties. Later in the year, as more housing stock became available, there was a rebalancing of some asking prices.

Dublin North County: Strong sales in North County, but losing landlords

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market in Dublin North County is performing steadily with average increases in property values of around 5pc. Most of this increase was seen in the first two quarters of last year, when there was competition from prospective buyers for properties. Later in the year, as more housing stock became available, there was a rebalancing of some asking prices.

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Conveyancing delays are now a big feature of the market in Dublin 9, with transactions taking an average of four months from the acceptance of an offer to closing.

Dublin 9: Prices will likely remain static in D9 for year ahead

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Conveyancing delays are now a big feature of the market in Dublin 9, with transactions taking an average of four months from the acceptance of an offer to closing.

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Foreign investors are a big feature of the market in Dublin 7 and play a part in increasing the value of larger investment properties in the postcode by a significant factor.

Dublin 7: D7 one of the few locations attracting big investor interest

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Foreign investors are a big feature of the market in Dublin 7 and play a part in increasing the value of larger investment properties in the postcode by a significant factor.

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West Cork was always been seen as a place at the end of the world, to which you could escape and switch off. That was before the days of the remote worker who is today keen to have the scenic surrounds and an income earned locally. Thanks to the Ludgate Hub, that's now wholly possible.

Cork County West: West Cork values remain largely unchanged

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

West Cork was always been seen as a place at the end of the world, to which you could escape and switch off. That was before the days of the remote worker who is today keen to have the scenic surrounds and an income earned locally. Thanks to the Ludgate Hub, that's now wholly possible.

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The rising prices in Kildare are pushing commuters even further out of the city to places like Portarlington and Portlaoise. The fact that they can get in and out to Heuston station by 50 minutes on the fast train is adding to the appeal of the county.

Laois: Commuters on track to snap up Laois dwellings

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The rising prices in Kildare are pushing commuters even further out of the city to places like Portarlington and Portlaoise. The fact that they can get in and out to Heuston station by 50 minutes on the fast train is adding to the appeal of the county.

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PRICES in Cork city centre have risen by 5pc through the past 12 months, slightly less than the 6pc experienced the previous year. This leaves the value of the average home standing at €228,000 compared with €217,000 a year ago. The continued rate of increase reflects the fact that Cork City Centre is still seeing growth in new commercial activity, thanks largely to ambitious new office schemes recently completed or now underway.

Cork City Centre: Office schemes bring new buyers to Cork's centre

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

PRICES in Cork city centre have risen by 5pc through the past 12 months, slightly less than the 6pc experienced the previous year. This leaves the value of the average home standing at €228,000 compared with €217,000 a year ago. The continued rate of increase reflects the fact that Cork City Centre is still seeing growth in new commercial activity, thanks largely to ambitious new office schemes recently completed or now underway.

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In these suburban markets off the Lee there has been more choice available to buyers for some time, leading to far more restrained inflation. Central Bank lending restraints kicked in around these leafy lanes in earnest two years ago and these continued to exert a cooling effect.

Cork City South Suburbs: Steady increases in Cork's south suburbs with semis leading demand

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

In these suburban markets off the Lee there has been more choice available to buyers for some time, leading to far more restrained inflation. Central Bank lending restraints kicked in around these leafy lanes in earnest two years ago and these continued to exert a cooling effect.

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"The distressed property sales are starting to wane a little bit. Some of the vulture funds who bought them are starting to release them back to the market, so there are still repossessed properties around - but not as many as a few years ago. Fortunately, prices have started to climb a bit because they were artificially depressing the market," says Harry Sothern.

A-rating and proximity to town wins Carlow buyers

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

"The distressed property sales are starting to wane a little bit. Some of the vulture funds who bought them are starting to release them back to the market, so there are still repossessed properties around - but not as many as a few years ago. Fortunately, prices have started to climb a bit because they were artificially depressing the market," says Harry Sothern.

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Three-bed semis in the west city suburbs have broken through the €300,000 value barrier to hit €310,000 today, up from €290,000 this time last year and representing a hike of 7pc. At this point, Central Bank lending limits are being reached for many potential buyers with average easrnings in the west suburbs.

Cork City West Suburbs: West city suburb values are shaped by loan rules

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Three-bed semis in the west city suburbs have broken through the €300,000 value barrier to hit €310,000 today, up from €290,000 this time last year and representing a hike of 7pc. At this point, Central Bank lending limits are being reached for many potential buyers with average easrnings in the west suburbs.

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Kildare North is one of the few locations outside Dublin that has a number of new residential developments on the go. As the capital expands, the market flows out to the north of Kildare, which is fast becoming part of the Greater Dublin area.

Kildare North: Lots of choice in northern Kildare

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Kildare North is one of the few locations outside Dublin that has a number of new residential developments on the go. As the capital expands, the market flows out to the north of Kildare, which is fast becoming part of the Greater Dublin area.

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Values in Cork city's northern suburbs have grown by 8pc for the third year in a row - but the difference this time is wide variances in those increases from one home type to another.

Cork City North Suburbs: Loan limits see big homes slow and small pads soar

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Values in Cork city's northern suburbs have grown by 8pc for the third year in a row - but the difference this time is wide variances in those increases from one home type to another.

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Demand is high for new homes in south Kildare, but new developments are few and far between.

Kildare South: Demand is high in spite of temporary motorway works

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Demand is high for new homes in south Kildare, but new developments are few and far between.

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The early months of the year saw price gains by as much as 15pc in D13, but by year's end most of that had been shed again. The average gain on last year is 4pc, though some home types have suffered a drop in value overall.

Dublin 13: Up and down year in D13 sees prices landing a 4pc increase

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The early months of the year saw price gains by as much as 15pc in D13, but by year's end most of that had been shed again. The average gain on last year is 4pc, though some home types have suffered a drop in value overall.

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East Cork has been crippled by a chronic lack of supply of housing stock since the crash. This should start to turn around slowly this year with the long overdue commencement of a few new schemes and more planning applications going in.

Cork County East: Chronic lack of supply to ease as schemes kick off

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

East Cork has been crippled by a chronic lack of supply of housing stock since the crash. This should start to turn around slowly this year with the long overdue commencement of a few new schemes and more planning applications going in.

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Homeowners coming out of negative equity have brought a lot of movement to a property market in north Cork that had been stagnant for a few years. This brought about a price increase of 6pc in the area in the last 12 months.

Cork County North: Trader-uppers and downsizers boost north county market

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Homeowners coming out of negative equity have brought a lot of movement to a property market in north Cork that had been stagnant for a few years. This brought about a price increase of 6pc in the area in the last 12 months.

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Kilkenny is crying out for new homes, particularly around the city. The lack of stock and the increased interest in the county, pushed prices up by an average of 22pc last year, taking the county's prices slap bang into bank lending ceilings for average earners. "Second-hand properties are selling very quickly and there is still a pent-up demand. We are hopeful, however, that there are a number of schemes in the making that should come on track in the third quarter of 2019," says Peter McCreery of Sherry FitzGerald McCreery.

Kilkenny: Prices rise by average of 15pc in the Marble county

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Kilkenny is crying out for new homes, particularly around the city. The lack of stock and the increased interest in the county, pushed prices up by an average of 22pc last year, taking the county's prices slap bang into bank lending ceilings for average earners. "Second-hand properties are selling very quickly and there is still a pent-up demand. We are hopeful, however, that there are a number of schemes in the making that should come on track in the third quarter of 2019," says Peter McCreery of Sherry FitzGerald McCreery.

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After a few years of sharp rises in property values in Co Meath, things are starting to slow down. The last 12 months have seen an average increase of 8pc, but local agent Jane Monaghan of REA T&J Gavigan says she can't see prices rising again this year.

Meath: Values in Meath not expected to change in 2019

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

After a few years of sharp rises in property values in Co Meath, things are starting to slow down. The last 12 months have seen an average increase of 8pc, but local agent Jane Monaghan of REA T&J Gavigan says she can't see prices rising again this year.

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Housing stock levels are low in Co Louth and demand is high, which means prices have been rising steadily with an average increase of values of 8pc in the last year.

Louth: Demand is high but stock remains low in Louth

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Housing stock levels are low in Co Louth and demand is high, which means prices have been rising steadily with an average increase of values of 8pc in the last year.

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Local authorities and state agencies have played a part in the property market in Offaly over the last 12 months. Despite a healthy demand for houses in the county, the market is very price sensitive. Through the first half of last year, a large amount of properties were purchased by local authorities or other state agencies. Once their funding dried up, agents noticed a considerable slowdown.

Offaly: Growth in Offaly was 'simply not sustainable'

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Local authorities and state agencies have played a part in the property market in Offaly over the last 12 months. Despite a healthy demand for houses in the county, the market is very price sensitive. Through the first half of last year, a large amount of properties were purchased by local authorities or other state agencies. Once their funding dried up, agents noticed a considerable slowdown.

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This year is going to be a big year for Longford with the opening of the Center Parcs holiday resort. The €233m development is expected to bring over 1,000 jobs to the area when it opens in the summer.

Longford: Center Parcs likely to open doors for workers in Longford

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

This year is going to be a big year for Longford with the opening of the Center Parcs holiday resort. The €233m development is expected to bring over 1,000 jobs to the area when it opens in the summer.

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The market in south Wicklow is still buoyed by Dubliners who are looking for more bang for their buck. They have bought in such big numbers in the county that the No 133 bus leaves Wicklow town every 20 minutes at peak times, full of workers heading to the capital.

Wicklow South: Commuters are choosing a way of life in the south

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The market in south Wicklow is still buoyed by Dubliners who are looking for more bang for their buck. They have bought in such big numbers in the county that the No 133 bus leaves Wicklow town every 20 minutes at peak times, full of workers heading to the capital.

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The property market in north Wicklow has been a healthy one over the last 12 months because supply is plentiful and there is no panic amongst buyers. This has brought about a steady rise in property values of an average of 5pc.

Wicklow North: Taking stock in north Wicklow

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The property market in north Wicklow has been a healthy one over the last 12 months because supply is plentiful and there is no panic amongst buyers. This has brought about a steady rise in property values of an average of 5pc.

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The Dublin market always has a knock-on effect on the Wexford market, and the last 12 months have been no different. Local agents have noticed a slow down in the amount of Dubs looking for a home in Wexford.

Wexford: 'It's getting harder to find buyers in Wexford county'

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

The Dublin market always has a knock-on effect on the Wexford market, and the last 12 months have been no different. Local agents have noticed a slow down in the amount of Dubs looking for a home in Wexford.

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Limerick City's suburbs are seeing the arrival of some good schemes of new homes in many locations for the first time in years, particularly around Castletroy and Monaleen.

Limerick City Suburbs: New-home schemes are a welcome boost for suburbs

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Limerick City's suburbs are seeing the arrival of some good schemes of new homes in many locations for the first time in years, particularly around Castletroy and Monaleen.

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House values have risen by an average of 10pc across Limerick over the last 12 months. This differed for various house types, like the two-bed cottage that saw a rise of 17pc and is now at €105,000, or the five-bed detached house which went up by only 5pc, bringing it to €295,000.

Limerick County: Families and first-timers look to Limerick county

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

House values have risen by an average of 10pc across Limerick over the last 12 months. This differed for various house types, like the two-bed cottage that saw a rise of 17pc and is now at €105,000, or the five-bed detached house which went up by only 5pc, bringing it to €295,000.

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First-time buyers have been very active in Cavan in the last 12 months, but their buying habits have changed, according to local agent Declan Woods of Sherry FitzGerald Declan Woods.

Cavan: Steady rise of 7pc in store for Cavan

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

First-time buyers have been very active in Cavan in the last 12 months, but their buying habits have changed, according to local agent Declan Woods of Sherry FitzGerald Declan Woods.

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Kerry relies heavily on tourism so the county is feeling the pinch from Brexit in tourism terms and in the holiday home market. Those who may have been considering investing in the county from the UK are now sitting on the fence and waiting to see what the future holds.

Kerry: Dingle and Kenmare buoy up Kerry average

Jan 19, 2019 2:30

Kerry relies heavily on tourism so the county is feeling the pinch from Brexit in tourism terms and in the holiday home market. Those who may have been considering investing in the county from the UK are now sitting on the fence and waiting to see what the future holds.

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