Homeowners in an apartment complex found to have structural defects have been given 21 days to pay upwards of €5,000 or face legal action from their management company.

Flat owners 'will be sued and named' if they don't pay up to fix build faults

Apr 24, 2018 2:30

Homeowners in an apartment complex found to have structural defects have been given 21 days to pay upwards of €5,000 or face legal action from their management company.

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The level of house building in this country is one of the lowest in Europe, despite the rapid population growth.

House building among lowest in Europe as population soars

Apr 24, 2018 2:30

The level of house building in this country is one of the lowest in Europe, despite the rapid population growth.

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Demonstrators gathered outside the Ideal Homes Exhibition at the RDS Simmonscourt on Saturday to protest the event's main sponsors Permanent TSB.

'It's absolutely scandalous' - Protesters at Ideal Homes Exhibition target sponsors TSB over sale of mortgages to vultures

Apr 21, 2018 21:28

Demonstrators gathered outside the Ideal Homes Exhibition at the RDS Simmonscourt on Saturday to protest the event's main sponsors Permanent TSB.

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Another week and another government announcement aimed at tinkering around with a broken housing market.

Richard Curran: Housing boom is different this time - high costs and rip-off rents mean it's far crueller

Apr 19, 2018 2:30

Another week and another government announcement aimed at tinkering around with a broken housing market.

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Rogue landlords are set to face fines of €15,000 and potential jail terms under a planned Government crackdown.

Rogue landlords now face €15k fines and prison terms under planned crackdown

Apr 18, 2018 2:30

Rogue landlords are set to face fines of €15,000 and potential jail terms under a planned Government crackdown.

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Banking giant AIB is accused of failing to refund most of those who lost trackers from its subsidiary EBS.

AIB 'fails to refund cash and lost trackers to thousands'

Apr 17, 2018 2:30

Banking giant AIB is accused of failing to refund most of those who lost trackers from its subsidiary EBS.

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Home prices in London are continuing to fall, prolonging a slump that's seen the average property in the English capital lose almost 2pc its value over the past year, new surveys show.

Brexit knocks £10k off London houses

Apr 17, 2018 2:30

Home prices in London are continuing to fall, prolonging a slump that's seen the average property in the English capital lose almost 2pc its value over the past year, new surveys show.

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TENANTS who lived above a Dublin pub have told how they lost their deposits, a "secret camera" was hidden in a bedroom, and the locks were changed before they had to be evicted.

Secret cameras, hidden bunkbeds, windowless rooms - exposing Dublin landlord Christian Carter

Apr 15, 2018 2:30

TENANTS who lived above a Dublin pub have told how they lost their deposits, a "secret camera" was hidden in a bedroom, and the locks were changed before they had to be evicted.

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A research paper co-authored by Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery published last week showed that, from a peak of 32pc in 2013, non-performing loans had fallen to "only" 14pc of domestic Irish bank lending by the end of 2017. In money terms that was a drop from €80bn to €30bn, a reduction of €50bn.

Rate rise to spur banks into action on troubled loans

Apr 15, 2018 18:00

A research paper co-authored by Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery published last week showed that, from a peak of 32pc in 2013, non-performing loans had fallen to "only" 14pc of domestic Irish bank lending by the end of 2017. In money terms that was a drop from €80bn to €30bn, a reduction of €50bn.

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The lady was not for turning. She was adamant that property was the best investment, despite the country having recently emerged from one of the worst property crashes in the western world.

Charlie Weston: Tax-free return on State savings should be raised to discourage property investment

Apr 15, 2018 18:00

The lady was not for turning. She was adamant that property was the best investment, despite the country having recently emerged from one of the worst property crashes in the western world.

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Within an hour of the doors opening at the gleaming show house at new estate Inglenook Wood, Carrickmines, six of the 10 properties are sold.

Clamour 'in crazy house market' has us back to bad old days

Apr 14, 2018 2:30

Within an hour of the doors opening at the gleaming show house at new estate Inglenook Wood, Carrickmines, six of the 10 properties are sold.

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THE scenes of people camping out in the rain this week, for a chance to put a deposit down on a new house, were an ugly reminder of the property boom years.

Charlie Weston: Eager to buy? Join the queue for another four years

Apr 14, 2018 2:30

THE scenes of people camping out in the rain this week, for a chance to put a deposit down on a new house, were an ugly reminder of the property boom years.

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AVERAGE house prices in some parts of the country have risen by more than €100,000 over the last year as the crisis shows no sign of easing.

Property prices rise by more than €100,000 in a year amid fear of Celtic Tiger-level hikes

Apr 14, 2018 2:30

AVERAGE house prices in some parts of the country have risen by more than €100,000 over the last year as the crisis shows no sign of easing.

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TENS of thousands of people would be ready to move or buy a home - but too few new properties are being constructed.

Housing logjam: 80,000 people would buy immediately... but there aren't enough homes

Apr 13, 2018 2:30

TENS of thousands of people would be ready to move or buy a home - but too few new properties are being constructed.

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Property prices are rising at their fastest rate in nearly three years.

Home prices soaring at fastest rate in three years

Apr 13, 2018 2:30

Property prices are rising at their fastest rate in nearly three years.

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Property price rises show no sign of easing.

Average house prices jump almost €17,000 in just one month - CSO

Apr 12, 2018 11:24

Property price rises show no sign of easing.

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Mother-of-two Victoria Duff, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, is among dozens of hopeful homebuyers who are desperately trying to buy a new house at The View at Glenheron before they go on sale this weekend.

More buyers are 'prepared to camp out' to secure new house

Apr 12, 2018 2:30

Mother-of-two Victoria Duff, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, is among dozens of hopeful homebuyers who are desperately trying to buy a new house at The View at Glenheron before they go on sale this weekend.

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Affordable family homes cannot be delivered for couples earning a combined income of almost €92,000 a year, the Government has admitted.

Family home for couple on 'average' income of €92,000 now out of reach

Apr 12, 2018 2:30

Affordable family homes cannot be delivered for couples earning a combined income of almost €92,000 a year, the Government has admitted.

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Renters who live near Dart and Luas stops in Dublin have seen the costs of accommodation rise.

Revealed: How much extra each year renters pay to live near Dart and Luas stops

Apr 10, 2018 2:30

Renters who live near Dart and Luas stops in Dublin have seen the costs of accommodation rise.

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AIB and Bank of Ireland are under mounting pressure to cut their mortgage rates - after three other lenders did so in recent weeks.

Pressure grows on AIB and Bank of Ireland to cut mortgage rates

Apr 10, 2018 2:30

AIB and Bank of Ireland are under mounting pressure to cut their mortgage rates - after three other lenders did so in recent weeks.

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Thousands of people in long-term mortgage arrears are failing to engage with their lenders, new Central Bank research shows.

Thousands risk losing their homes as they fail to confront long-term arrears

Apr 10, 2018 2:30

Thousands of people in long-term mortgage arrears are failing to engage with their lenders, new Central Bank research shows.

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Higher mortgage bills are on the way - if, as expected, European interest rates start to tick upwards next year.

Shave tens of thousands off your home loan - by overpaying what you owe

Apr 8, 2018 18:00

Higher mortgage bills are on the way - if, as expected, European interest rates start to tick upwards next year.

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As far as architects around the world are concerned, the Venice Architecture Biennale is widely regarded as the single most important design event on the planet. It's where the globe's leading designers, architects and influencers gather each year to showcase their work. This year all eyes will be on Ireland when the 16th exhibition kicks off in Venice in May.

Timber and glass boxes with sliding doors: Irish architects throw open the doors to their homes

Apr 6, 2018 2:30

As far as architects around the world are concerned, the Venice Architecture Biennale is widely regarded as the single most important design event on the planet. It's where the globe's leading designers, architects and influencers gather each year to showcase their work. This year all eyes will be on Ireland when the 16th exhibition kicks off in Venice in May.

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Relentless hikes in the cost of buying a home have resulted in house prices rising by more than 7pc in the past year, new research revealed.

House prices up 50pc in space of five years

Apr 1, 2018 21:43

Relentless hikes in the cost of buying a home have resulted in house prices rising by more than 7pc in the past year, new research revealed.

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They're calling it the 'Dermot Bannon effect', but it's far more likely to be the 'Revenue effect' which has seen Irish home owners spend €1.737bn through the Home Renovation Initiative since its 2013 launch.

Use 'Dermot Bannon effect' to get tax back on home improvements

Mar 31, 2018 2:30

They're calling it the 'Dermot Bannon effect', but it's far more likely to be the 'Revenue effect' which has seen Irish home owners spend €1.737bn through the Home Renovation Initiative since its 2013 launch.

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DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has called for regulations to deal with the "escalating and uncontrolled pricing" of the student housing sector.

Students in protest over 27pc rent hike at Dublin residence

Mar 30, 2018 2:30

DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has called for regulations to deal with the "escalating and uncontrolled pricing" of the student housing sector.

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Buyers will be given maximum discounts of less than 8pc off the price of a new home under a controversial scheme where developers receive State funding to help boost housing output.

Small change for buyers as builders handed State funds

Mar 30, 2018 2:30

Buyers will be given maximum discounts of less than 8pc off the price of a new home under a controversial scheme where developers receive State funding to help boost housing output.

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Perhaps one of the most remarkable sales of last year was the largely unnoticed disposal of no less than 18 penthouse apartments - along with seven other apartment units - at the Riverdale/Rockfield scheme in Dundrum, Dublin 14, right beside the Luas station and opposite the well-known shopping centre.

On top of the world in Dundrum

Mar 30, 2018 2:30

Perhaps one of the most remarkable sales of last year was the largely unnoticed disposal of no less than 18 penthouse apartments - along with seven other apartment units - at the Riverdale/Rockfield scheme in Dundrum, Dublin 14, right beside the Luas station and opposite the well-known shopping centre.

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Almost 800 new housing units were completed in February this year, representing a 38pc increase from the same month last year, according to the latest Goodbody Housebuilding Tracker.

Number of completed houses up nearly 40pc

Mar 28, 2018 2:30

Almost 800 new housing units were completed in February this year, representing a 38pc increase from the same month last year, according to the latest Goodbody Housebuilding Tracker.

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The number of mortgages approved rose by 5pc year-on-year in February, with first-time buyers making up just over 50pc of the approvals.

Number of mortgages approved rose by 5pc year-on-year

Mar 27, 2018 11:54

The number of mortgages approved rose by 5pc year-on-year in February, with first-time buyers making up just over 50pc of the approvals.

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Almost 800 housing units were completed in February this year, representing a 38pc increase year-on-year, according to the latest Goodbody Housebuilding Tracker.

Number of completed housing units up almost 40pc in February

Mar 27, 2018 9:07

Almost 800 housing units were completed in February this year, representing a 38pc increase year-on-year, according to the latest Goodbody Housebuilding Tracker.

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The mortgage market is finally rumbling and rolling in the direction of consumers.

Don't be swayed by 'free' gimmicks...Check rates before committing to new mortgage deal

Mar 26, 2018 12:25

The mortgage market is finally rumbling and rolling in the direction of consumers.

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HOUSE prices in the outer commuter counties have soared as people priced out of the Dublin market are being pushed farther afield in search of affordable homes.

House prices soar in commuter belt but flatline in the capital

Mar 26, 2018 9:38

HOUSE prices in the outer commuter counties have soared as people priced out of the Dublin market are being pushed farther afield in search of affordable homes.

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Developer Pat Crean's Marlet Property Group has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala for 420 homes on the site of CIE's former lands on Carnlough Road in Dublin's Cabra area.

Developer praises fast-track planning scheme as 420 homes get the green light in Dublin

Mar 25, 2018 18:00

Developer Pat Crean's Marlet Property Group has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala for 420 homes on the site of CIE's former lands on Carnlough Road in Dublin's Cabra area.

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AIB has been accused of misleading customers who were denied tracker mortgages by writing to them to tell them they would have paid more if they got a tracker rate.

AIB accused of misleading customers on mortgages

Mar 24, 2018 2:30

AIB has been accused of misleading customers who were denied tracker mortgages by writing to them to tell them they would have paid more if they got a tracker rate.

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My husband and I are in our mid-fifties and have a mortgage of €185,000 with eight years left and we have savings of €100,000. Would you recommend that we pay the €100,000 off the mortgage or buy an investment holiday property in Spain and with the rental income pay more off the monthly mortgage, as it is our dream to commute from Ireland to Spain or could you recommend where we could invest the money for our retirement?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Mar 23, 2018 2:30

My husband and I are in our mid-fifties and have a mortgage of €185,000 with eight years left and we have savings of €100,000. Would you recommend that we pay the €100,000 off the mortgage or buy an investment holiday property in Spain and with the rental income pay more off the monthly mortgage, as it is our dream to commute from Ireland to Spain or could you recommend where we could invest the money for our retirement?

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Marlfield at Clonmel in Co Tipperary, which was on offer in 2014 for €8m with 390 acres attached, has just returned to market, minus most of the farmland, for a much more managable €1m.

This €1m former home of Ireland's boldest bag man has the floor space of 22 family homes

Mar 23, 2018 2:30

Marlfield at Clonmel in Co Tipperary, which was on offer in 2014 for €8m with 390 acres attached, has just returned to market, minus most of the farmland, for a much more managable €1m.

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The Department of Finance warned that a Government-back mortgage scheme for low earners would involve risks for the State.

Mortgage scheme for low earners involves 'significant risk exposure for the State' - Department of Finance

Mar 22, 2018 15:23

The Department of Finance warned that a Government-back mortgage scheme for low earners would involve risks for the State.

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Irish law firm Ronan Daly Jermyn will hire 25 people over the next two years for its Dublin office as part of an €8.3m expansion plan. The expansion includes the recent opening of its Dublin base at George's Dock in the IFSC.

Ronan Daly Jermyn eyes Dublin expansion

Mar 22, 2018 2:30

Irish law firm Ronan Daly Jermyn will hire 25 people over the next two years for its Dublin office as part of an €8.3m expansion plan. The expansion includes the recent opening of its Dublin base at George's Dock in the IFSC.

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Net mortgage lending increased in the second half of 2017 - the first half-yearly increase since the crash, as new lending outpaced repayments and restructurings.

New mortgage lending exceeds repayments

Mar 22, 2018 2:30

Net mortgage lending increased in the second half of 2017 - the first half-yearly increase since the crash, as new lending outpaced repayments and restructurings.

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe knew about the potential sale of thousands of Permanent TSB mortgages to a vulture fund almost a month before it came into the public domain.

Donohoe knew about PTSB sale of mortgages to vultures

Mar 22, 2018 2:30

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe knew about the potential sale of thousands of Permanent TSB mortgages to a vulture fund almost a month before it came into the public domain.

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Consumers can save thousands in payments as the mortgage battle between lenders heats up, according to MyMortgages.ie.

Surge in homeowners fixing as mortgage war heats up again

Mar 20, 2018 2:30

Consumers can save thousands in payments as the mortgage battle between lenders heats up, according to MyMortgages.ie.

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Finance Ireland is eyeing a potential move into the mortgage market, with a final decision to be made by the end of April.

Finance Ireland close to decision on move to offer Irish mortgages

Mar 20, 2018 2:30

Finance Ireland is eyeing a potential move into the mortgage market, with a final decision to be made by the end of April.

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If the banks and their regulator thought they could draw a line under the tracker scandal and move on, then they have been mistaken - this one is due to run on for a bit yet.

Charlie Weston: Growing tracker scandal will rumble on, despite efforts of banks to put it behind them

Mar 18, 2018 18:00

If the banks and their regulator thought they could draw a line under the tracker scandal and move on, then they have been mistaken - this one is due to run on for a bit yet.

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Another bank has raised the stakes in the mortgage war with new cuts to interest rates.

KBC fuels the mortgage war as bank cuts a string of interest rates

Mar 16, 2018 2:30

Another bank has raised the stakes in the mortgage war with new cuts to interest rates.

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In 2016, Niall Quinn, the former Irish soccer international, and his wife Gillian sold Longstone Rath, a six-bed home set on a 33-acre estate outside Naas, with the intention of downsizing as their children began to fly the nest.

Get an inn like Quinn

Mar 16, 2018 2:30

In 2016, Niall Quinn, the former Irish soccer international, and his wife Gillian sold Longstone Rath, a six-bed home set on a 33-acre estate outside Naas, with the intention of downsizing as their children began to fly the nest.

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THERE has been a fall in the number of people applying for official debt deals.

Banks blamed for first fall in applications for debt deals

Mar 16, 2018 2:30

THERE has been a fall in the number of people applying for official debt deals.

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Property prices are now rising at the fastest pace in almost three years.

Property prices rising at fastest pace in three years

Mar 15, 2018 2:30

Property prices are now rising at the fastest pace in almost three years.

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Permanent TSB said it wouldn't have so many problem loans if it was tougher on customers or was driving defaulters out of their homes.

If we could repossess then we'd beat crisis - PTSB

Mar 15, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB said it wouldn't have so many problem loans if it was tougher on customers or was driving defaulters out of their homes.

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Back in the 1980s the State introduced Section 23 apartment development incentives to solve the dual problem of dereliction and a lack of housing for students and singles. As an emergency measure it worked.

Mark Keenan: One-bed flats will be snapped up as cramped family homes

Mar 15, 2018 2:30

Back in the 1980s the State introduced Section 23 apartment development incentives to solve the dual problem of dereliction and a lack of housing for students and singles. As an emergency measure it worked.

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PROPERTY prices have continued to rise this year.

Property prices soared 12.5pc year-on-year and are continuing to rise

Mar 14, 2018 11:13

PROPERTY prices have continued to rise this year.

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Ulster Bank has kicked off a new round of mortgage wars with a string of cuts to its fixed mortgage rates.

Ulster Bank kicks off new mortgage war with string of cuts to fixed rates

Mar 12, 2018 2:30

Ulster Bank has kicked off a new round of mortgage wars with a string of cuts to its fixed mortgage rates.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy intends to prevent massive property tax increases for the majority of households by adding tens of thousands of new homeowners to the scheme, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

60,000 more to pay local property tax bills

Mar 11, 2018 23:37

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy intends to prevent massive property tax increases for the majority of households by adding tens of thousands of new homeowners to the scheme, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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While the upward trend in rents in Dublin continues unabated, some luxury properties have slashed their rents

Looking for a luxury rental? These three Dublin properties have slashed their rents

Mar 10, 2018 6:29

While the upward trend in rents in Dublin continues unabated, some luxury properties have slashed their rents

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The Governor of the Central Bank has insisted that home repossessions must be regarded as a normal and even socially desirable consequence of the lending market.

Repossessions desirable from social point of view, says Lane

Mar 10, 2018 2:30

The Governor of the Central Bank has insisted that home repossessions must be regarded as a normal and even socially desirable consequence of the lending market.

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Bank of Ireland has tapped high levels of investor demand to issue a €750m covered bond backed by Irish residential mortgages in a deal that underscores the yawning gap between the rate it pays to borrow in international capital markets and what the bank charges customers.

Bank of Ireland pays just 0.625pc to borrow for mortgage deals

Mar 8, 2018 2:30

Bank of Ireland has tapped high levels of investor demand to issue a €750m covered bond backed by Irish residential mortgages in a deal that underscores the yawning gap between the rate it pays to borrow in international capital markets and what the bank charges customers.

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The housing crisis is the single biggest barrier preventing emigrants from returning home to their families after the recession, a new Government survey has revealed.

Housing crisis is main barrier for emigrants

Mar 8, 2018 2:30

The housing crisis is the single biggest barrier preventing emigrants from returning home to their families after the recession, a new Government survey has revealed.

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Permanent TSB has been accused of a "cop out" after the European Central Bank indicated options other than engaging vulture funds are available for it to reduce its non-performing loan book.

PTSB accused of 'cop out' by using vulture funds to sell off failing mortgages

Mar 7, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB has been accused of a "cop out" after the European Central Bank indicated options other than engaging vulture funds are available for it to reduce its non-performing loan book.

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It is now €500-a-month cheaper to buy a suburban home in Dublin than to rent, housebuilder Cairn Homes has claimed.

Buying a home is €500-a-month cheaper than renting property in capital

Mar 7, 2018 2:30

It is now €500-a-month cheaper to buy a suburban home in Dublin than to rent, housebuilder Cairn Homes has claimed.

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Almost 670 homes are complete but empty in unfinished housing estates across the country - with the Department of Housing saying that there is no demand for social units in these areas.

Hundreds of homes left empty in ghost estates 'as there is no demand'

Mar 7, 2018 2:30

Almost 670 homes are complete but empty in unfinished housing estates across the country - with the Department of Housing saying that there is no demand for social units in these areas.

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Cork and Dublin are to benefit from a €200m deal to increase student resident accommodation in both cities.

Cork and Dublin to get €200m student accommodation boost

Mar 5, 2018 2:30

Cork and Dublin are to benefit from a €200m deal to increase student resident accommodation in both cities.

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Property price rises in Ireland were the third highest in the world last year.

House price rises here were third highest in world

Mar 3, 2018 2:30

Property price rises in Ireland were the third highest in the world last year.

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We are buying a property which has been vacant and boarded up for some years and we understand the bank is selling it as a repossessed property. Are there any additional considerations around the purchase we should be aware of? We don't want disputes down the road regarding title and there is a small 'granny' flat adjacent which is not for sale but which is also vacant and shares a pathway.

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Mar 2, 2018 2:30

We are buying a property which has been vacant and boarded up for some years and we understand the bank is selling it as a repossessed property. Are there any additional considerations around the purchase we should be aware of? We don't want disputes down the road regarding title and there is a small 'granny' flat adjacent which is not for sale but which is also vacant and shares a pathway.

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During the downturn, large and high-end penthouse apartments languished on the Dublin property market. From 2007 some were on the market for years on end with no bites. In the cases of some of Dublin's swishest high-rise homes, aside from the occasional advert or film shoot, they were locked up and mothballed.

Ireland's top 10 most expensive penthouses - and the views are magnificent

Mar 2, 2018 2:30

During the downturn, large and high-end penthouse apartments languished on the Dublin property market. From 2007 some were on the market for years on end with no bites. In the cases of some of Dublin's swishest high-rise homes, aside from the occasional advert or film shoot, they were locked up and mothballed.

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AIB has injected a further €40m into its tracker mortgage redress and compensation scheme, taking the State-backed bank's total provision on the issue to €230m.

AIB injects extra €40m into tracker redress fund

Mar 2, 2018 2:30

AIB has injected a further €40m into its tracker mortgage redress and compensation scheme, taking the State-backed bank's total provision on the issue to €230m.

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The move by the Central Bank to tighten lending rules at the start of this year has failed to dampen the mortgage market.

New rise in those seeking mortgage approval

Feb 28, 2018 2:30

The move by the Central Bank to tighten lending rules at the start of this year has failed to dampen the mortgage market.

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President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has indicated he will not present any blockage to legislation regulating so-called vulture funds.

ECB boss has no problem with tougher rules for funds

Feb 27, 2018 2:30

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has indicated he will not present any blockage to legislation regulating so-called vulture funds.

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The Government has made a massive miscalculation if it thinks people in this country are prepared to cut the banks any more slack, especially if they sell home mortgages to vulture funds.

Charlie Weston: Vultures have had their day - bankers must clean own mess

Feb 27, 2018 2:30

The Government has made a massive miscalculation if it thinks people in this country are prepared to cut the banks any more slack, especially if they sell home mortgages to vulture funds.

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Listed housebuilder Cairn Homes was quizzed on the speed of its completions by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at a meeting late last year.

Donohoe quizzes Cairn Homes bosses on housebuilding rates and delays

Feb 25, 2018 18:00

Listed housebuilder Cairn Homes was quizzed on the speed of its completions by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at a meeting late last year.

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Homeowners with a variable-rate mortgage have some big decisions to make in the coming months. Eurozone interest rates are on the rise. It may not happen this year, but it is pretty certain that European Central Bank rates will rise next year.

Homeowners on variable mortgage rates need to fix soon to avoid higher repayments

Feb 25, 2018 18:00

Homeowners with a variable-rate mortgage have some big decisions to make in the coming months. Eurozone interest rates are on the rise. It may not happen this year, but it is pretty certain that European Central Bank rates will rise next year.

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Originally invented in 1922 by the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, Aga cookers were imported to Britain in 1929 and were manufactured there under licence in the early 1930s. The cast-iron parts were cast at the Coalbrookdale foundry in the 1940s, where they were still made by the Aga Rangemaster Group until November 2017.

Aga owner Middleby out to cook up a storm in residential market

Feb 25, 2018 18:00

Originally invented in 1922 by the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, Aga cookers were imported to Britain in 1929 and were manufactured there under licence in the early 1930s. The cast-iron parts were cast at the Coalbrookdale foundry in the 1940s, where they were still made by the Aga Rangemaster Group until November 2017.

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My partner and I are first-time buyers, or at least we're hoping to be soon. I know the rules changed for FTBs a few years back in terms of what they can borrow, but since then I think there have been more changes and also some assistance schemes put in place. I find it all a bit baffling to be honest. Could you tell me in relatively simple terms what would be open to us? I'm a teacher earning €40,000 a year, my partner is a social worker earner around the same. We are both in full-time employment. Would we qualify for any schemes or exemptions? Ailis, Waterford city

What help can first-time buyers avail of?

Feb 25, 2018 18:00

My partner and I are first-time buyers, or at least we're hoping to be soon. I know the rules changed for FTBs a few years back in terms of what they can borrow, but since then I think there have been more changes and also some assistance schemes put in place. I find it all a bit baffling to be honest. Could you tell me in relatively simple terms what would be open to us? I'm a teacher earning €40,000 a year, my partner is a social worker earner around the same. We are both in full-time employment. Would we qualify for any schemes or exemptions? Ailis, Waterford city

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A VULTURE fund has bought my mortgage.

Charlie Weston: The day the vulture funds came for me

Feb 24, 2018 18:48

A VULTURE fund has bought my mortgage.

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I live in a 1930s terraced house on a busy road with retail units interspersed with houses. I’ve harboured a dream to open a café in the downstairs of my property (which is residential now), and living upstairs — there are two large rooms which would convert and I live alone. I am due a sizable redundancy payment and this is what I’d like to put it towards. What would be involved in terms of planning and permission for this?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Feb 23, 2018 10:29

I live in a 1930s terraced house on a busy road with retail units interspersed with houses. I’ve harboured a dream to open a café in the downstairs of my property (which is residential now), and living upstairs — there are two large rooms which would convert and I live alone. I am due a sizable redundancy payment and this is what I’d like to put it towards. What would be involved in terms of planning and permission for this?

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House building continues to pick up, while the Irish love affair with the semi-detached homes shows little sign of waning.

House building on up - but still lags behind demand

Feb 23, 2018 2:30

House building continues to pick up, while the Irish love affair with the semi-detached homes shows little sign of waning.

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Calls to restrict the sale of soured residential mortgages to regulated bodies only is likely to run in to legal difficulties, according to experts.

Warning of legal hurdles in new laws

Feb 22, 2018 2:30

Calls to restrict the sale of soured residential mortgages to regulated bodies only is likely to run in to legal difficulties, according to experts.

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Thousands of homeowners whose mortgages are being sold are refusing to engage with Permanent TSB, the bank has claimed.

Thousands of homeowners 'paid nothing on loan for years'

Feb 22, 2018 2:30

Thousands of homeowners whose mortgages are being sold are refusing to engage with Permanent TSB, the bank has claimed.

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Those 'vultures' appear to be coming for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after all, as Permanent TSB has signalled it is definitely headed towards selling a major loan book to the dreaded vulture funds.

Comment: Varadkar caught on the hop over debt sale as Fianna Fáil weighs up options

Feb 21, 2018 0:00

Those 'vultures' appear to be coming for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after all, as Permanent TSB has signalled it is definitely headed towards selling a major loan book to the dreaded vulture funds.

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Permanent TSB is ploughing ahead with a €3.8bn sale of impaired home loans despite a pledge by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to strengthen protection measures for mortgage holders.

Permanent TSB presses on with vultures sale despite pledge from Taoiseach to help families

Feb 21, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB is ploughing ahead with a €3.8bn sale of impaired home loans despite a pledge by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to strengthen protection measures for mortgage holders.

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Permanent TSB is ploughing ahead with a €3.8bn sale of impaired home loans. We look at all your questions:

Q&A: Why has Permanent TSB decided to sell so many mortgages?

Feb 21, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB is ploughing ahead with a €3.8bn sale of impaired home loans. We look at all your questions:

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The vultures look set to ultimately have their wings clipped after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is to consider extra protections for mortgage holders whose loans are sold by banks.

Charlie Weston: Tweaks could make it a lot less attractive to pick over bones

Feb 21, 2018 0:00

The vultures look set to ultimately have their wings clipped after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is to consider extra protections for mortgage holders whose loans are sold by banks.

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Ireland's population will be living in taller, smaller homes in existing built-up areas in our cities.

Upwards and inwards for new homes in cities while vacant sites to be seized

Feb 17, 2018 2:30

Ireland's population will be living in taller, smaller homes in existing built-up areas in our cities.

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Rental costs were up again in January despite the rate of inflation falling back, new official figures show.

Rents spiral despite Minister's claims that there are bargains 'at a fraction of headline figures'

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Rental costs were up again in January despite the rate of inflation falling back, new official figures show.

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Q. I'm confused about the new affordable mortgages being proposed. Do I still need a deposit and do I have to buy a local authority home?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Q. I'm confused about the new affordable mortgages being proposed. Do I still need a deposit and do I have to buy a local authority home?

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Permanent TSB's decision to offload billions of euro worth of owner-occupier mortgages has fuelled expectations AIB will follow suit.

'PTSB is only the first' - minister urged to act on home loans purge

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB's decision to offload billions of euro worth of owner-occupier mortgages has fuelled expectations AIB will follow suit.

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The government has been urged to intervene immediately and protect family homes and farms after Permanent TSB sold 20,000 mortgages linked to struggling homeowners.

'PTSB is only the first' - Government urged to protect family homes

Feb 15, 2018 12:42

The government has been urged to intervene immediately and protect family homes and farms after Permanent TSB sold 20,000 mortgages linked to struggling homeowners.

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Residential property prices across Ireland rose by 12.3pc in the year to December.

Greatest rise in house prices in the West as rate of property increases picks up again

Feb 14, 2018 11:14

Residential property prices across Ireland rose by 12.3pc in the year to December.

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Rents soared to a record high last year, with people paying 10.4 per cent more in 2017 compared with 2016, a new report has revealed.

Record-high rents and growing urban-rural divide: Seven things we learned from the latest rent report

Feb 13, 2018 10:29

Rents soared to a record high last year, with people paying 10.4 per cent more in 2017 compared with 2016, a new report has revealed.

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MORE than 1,000 buy-to-let investors who are in arrears have responded to an offer by Permanent TSB to write off debts if they hand over their properties to the bank.

Bank to write off debts of more than 1,000 landlords under deal

Feb 13, 2018 2:30

MORE than 1,000 buy-to-let investors who are in arrears have responded to an offer by Permanent TSB to write off debts if they hand over their properties to the bank.

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A new analysis of house prices nationwide shows for the first time signs of a significant slowdown in increases in certain key market areas, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

New analysis of house prices shows significant slowdown in increases for first time

Feb 11, 2018 16:29

A new analysis of house prices nationwide shows for the first time signs of a significant slowdown in increases in certain key market areas, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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Former Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher has said today's young people do not view home ownership as the ultimate life goal that has long dominated their parents' generation.

Millennials 'don't have the same desire for long-term security', says former BoI boss Richie Boucher

Feb 11, 2018 22:23

Former Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher has said today's young people do not view home ownership as the ultimate life goal that has long dominated their parents' generation.

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The Government's new affordable mortgage scheme won't bring down mortgage rates across the wider Irish market or take significant business away from the banks, according to Davy Stockbrokers.

Affordable mortgage scheme won't lower rates - Davy

Feb 10, 2018 2:30

The Government's new affordable mortgage scheme won't bring down mortgage rates across the wider Irish market or take significant business away from the banks, according to Davy Stockbrokers.

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The Sunday pilgrimage to Wicklow is part of growing up in Dublin, with the pre-roast climb of the Sugarloaf - at 501m it's an ascent that can be managed by most, although it is not buggy-friendly - an outing that's as popular now as it was back in the day when the mountain featured in the opening credits of Glenroe.

Spectacular scenery is what makes this four-bedroom home so special

Feb 9, 2018 2:30

The Sunday pilgrimage to Wicklow is part of growing up in Dublin, with the pre-roast climb of the Sugarloaf - at 501m it's an ascent that can be managed by most, although it is not buggy-friendly - an outing that's as popular now as it was back in the day when the mountain featured in the opening credits of Glenroe.

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Not everyone can afford a Donegal carpet. But there's nothing new about that - when the first factory opened in Killybegs, most of its own employees could scarcely afford shoes, let alone a carpet.

Treasures: Why Persians make Donegal carpets...

Feb 9, 2018 2:30

Not everyone can afford a Donegal carpet. But there's nothing new about that - when the first factory opened in Killybegs, most of its own employees could scarcely afford shoes, let alone a carpet.

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Property prices will fall if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a new report states.

'House prices to fall here if UK fails to get Brexit deal'

Feb 8, 2018 2:30

Property prices will fall if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a new report states.

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Close to 100 properties have been lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal, it has emerged.

Revealed: The number of family homes lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal

Feb 8, 2018 2:30

Close to 100 properties have been lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal, it has emerged.

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Almost 2,500 customers of KBC Bank are still being overcharged on their mortgages, it has emerged.

KBC Bank is still overcharging on 2,500 mortgages, admits CEO

Feb 7, 2018 2:30

Almost 2,500 customers of KBC Bank are still being overcharged on their mortgages, it has emerged.

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There is no evidence that senior bank staff in Permanent TSB set out to deliberately deny customers a tracker mortgage, the bank is set to insist.

PTSB to deny 'deliberate' strategy on trackers

Feb 6, 2018 2:30

There is no evidence that senior bank staff in Permanent TSB set out to deliberately deny customers a tracker mortgage, the bank is set to insist.

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Ireland's most successful technology entrepreneur has warned that soaring housing costs threaten to derail Dublin's future and its investment potential.

Soaring cost of housing could derail Dublin's investment potential - Irish billionaire Patrick Collison

Feb 5, 2018 2:30

Ireland's most successful technology entrepreneur has warned that soaring housing costs threaten to derail Dublin's future and its investment potential.

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Specialist lender Pepper Money is to loosen its lending criteria by offering mortgages for one-bed apartments and home loans to the self-employed based on one year's accounts.

90pc mortgages for one-bed flats as lender eases rules

Feb 5, 2018 2:30

Specialist lender Pepper Money is to loosen its lending criteria by offering mortgages for one-bed apartments and home loans to the self-employed based on one year's accounts.

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