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Our NEWS section is the most comprehensive publication on the business of property in Ireland, keeping our trade readers fully informed on all developments in the property business and among their competitors.

It gathers together in one place all reports on the market, and goes into much greater detail than does the consumer press on trade issues of interest to estate agents, developers and other property professionals. It summarises property stories from the media, and provides handy links to the full stories. Occasional indepth features and opinion pieces for a fully developed online property magazine. It also acts as a searchable archive of all property matters down the years.

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© Irish Independent 27 Feb '24

What's the true cost of buying an apartment, rather than a house?

Modern apartment life – a staple of existence in continental European cities such as Vienna and Paris since the second half of the 19th century – is a relatively recent phenomenon in Ireland. Here -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 23 Feb '24

Governments used to boast about higher house prices - not anymore

There was a time when governments would take credit for rising house prices or regained “momentum” in the housing market like what we are currently seeing in the Irish market. Increasing property -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 20 Feb '24

Should you buy a new or second-hand home?

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) member Val O’Brien: “There was more space, but sometimes less thought given to orientation. It was built to face the road, full stop.” -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 09 Jan '24

Sinn Féin goal of cutting average house prices to €300,000 in Dublin would be ‘disastrous’ - O’Brien

In a letter to be sent to Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin on Monday, Mr O’Brien will suggest that such a fall in property prices would “set back the residential sector by a decade to 20 -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 09 Jan '24

Cantillon: State schemes fanning house price inflation

The Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) highlights the robust level of mortgage activity still going on in the Irish market in its latest monthly snapshot of approvals. The lobby group’s -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 09 Jan '24

Surge in numbers using State equity scheme to buy a home

New figures show that 3,200 buyers have been approved and received First Home scheme eligibility certs since it was launched in July 2022. Some 1,255 homes have been bought using the scheme so far. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 03 Jan '24

Inside Business podcast: ‘several more years before we see the quantity of houses we need’

Managing Director of Residential & Advisory at Sherry Fitzgerald, Marian Finnegan, gives her expert view. -  Subscribe
© Business Post 30 Dec '23

ESRI: We need to build 50,000 homes per year to meet demand

The government will be advised to increase its housing targets significantly from the 31,000 expected to be built this year, but minister admits there is not enough capacity -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 30 Dec '23

Tánaiste Micheál Martin says it will be ‘number of years’ before 40,000 homes per year built

“The pipeline is strong on social housing, strong on a number of fronts. But we have to keep on looking at ways to accelerate house building and that relates to capacity within the housing industry, -  Subscribe
© Irish Examiner 17 Dec '23

IMF warns housing targets would need to double to meet EU averages

The IMF said there are a range of issues contributing to the housing supply gap including; the complex and slow planning permission system, the constrained viability of high density housing, and the c -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 08 Dec '23

Paul McNeive: Digitalisation will bring conveyancing into the modern era, finally

The journey towards digitising the conveyancing of residential and commercial property has taken a step forward as The Law Society’s conditions of sale have been amended to provide for digital contr -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 01 Dec '23

The property market is changing but 13 years after its inception, the Price Register is still unreliable

Neither journalists nor Government can function properly without the ready and regular availability of clear, impartial and accurate sectoral data. That tenet is as true for media coverage of the prop -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 26 Nov '23

Where have Ireland’s 200,000 vacant homes gone? Just 3,000 are liable for the new tax

The figures entirely overestimated the level of permanent vacancy. About 62,000 were holiday homes and therefore did not qualify. But even the majority of the remaining 183,000 non-holiday homes were -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 23 Nov '23

Paul McNeive: Tax incentives for senior living can ease both the nursing homes crisis and Ireland’s housing crunch

I spoke with CBRE experts Cormac Megannety, head of healthcare, and Maureen Bayley, senior director, and they told me that while there is “consternation” in the sector, there is a gap in the marke -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 22 Nov '23

Should you try to buy, or keep renting?

According to the latest CSO figures, while Dublin prices might be receding outside the capital they’re up 4 per cent. This is not welcome news for buyers already staring down ten consecutive ECB rat -  Subscribe
© Irish Examiner 21 Nov '23

BPFI: Average income of first-time buyers hits new record high

The average income of a first-time buyer household has grown to a record high of €82,000 while at the same time their average mortgage drawdown has increased by €20,000 to €270,000, a new report -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 16 Nov '23

Local authority loan to be available for derelict homes under Government plans

At present, the loan is only given out to buy habitable properties. Under Mr O’Brien’s memo, the loan will be extended to cover the purchase or renovation of derelict homes that may be eligible fo -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 16 Nov '23

Bidding process for buying homes in Ireland could be overhauled after expert process

A new expert group has been set up to examine the process around buying a house including bidding and conveyance. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: " Scotland they have a different system of bidding, it is -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 14 Nov '23

Owner of Independent House and nuns fail in appeals against new land hoarding tax

Retailer Primark, which operates the adjoining Penneys store, bought the old newspaper building 10 years ago, and was expected to expand the clothing and homewares shop. However, the building remains -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 31 Oct '23

Thousands of homeowners could be forced to abandon coastal properties under new national policies

The move comes after the publication of the long-awaited National Coastal Change Management Strategy. It makes a series of recommendations for how Ireland needs to prepare for loss of coastal lands -  Subscribe
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