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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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© The Irish Times 05 Sep '22

Shane Quinlan, of Sherry FitzGerald Financial Services: Irish mortgage market is shrinking but there are reasons to be hopeful

The launch of initiatives such as the €400 million First Home shared equity scheme in July provides another option for mortgage customers but more is needed. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 12 Aug '22

Major fears for mortgage competition after lender caps loans at two-and-a-half times salary

The move by ICS Mortgages to heavily restrict its lending is set to hand huge market power to AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB. They are already gaining from the planned exits of Ulster Bank -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 12 Aug '22

Charlie Weston: Watchdog has let big lenders off the hook and we will pay dearly for that

The mortgage business in this country is a particularly good case study of the impact of competition and what happens when competition weakens. All the more so as we have a small population. Before -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 27 Jul '22

First-time buyers are having to borrow more to secure a home as spending power falls, reports show

The latest figures from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) show that the average mortgage drawdown by first-time buyers in the second quarter of this year was €263,312, up 13 per cent -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 21 Jul '22

End of era for cheaper mortgages as ECB set to raise interest rates today

Daragh Cassidy of said the question now is how high rates will go and whether the main banks will pass on the increase to customers. “Irish mortgage rates are already among the highest -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 03 Jul '22

Mortgage switching hits record high as the European Central Bank gets ready to hike rates

Lenders approved 5,355 new mortgages with a total value of €1.45bn in May, according to figures compiled by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland. While the volume of new mortgages approved was up 1 -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 01 Jul '22

Ireland has second highest level of rent and mortgage arrears in EU, report finds

Data across the EU27 shows 8 per cent of Irish households were in arrears on debt, up 36 per cent between 2019 and second only to Greece. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 27 Jun '22

Review of Help to Buy will determine future of €600m scheme for first-time buyers

Evidence suggests as many as a third of those who have availed of the scheme did not need it to meet the deposit requirement and instead used the scheme to create larger deposits. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 23 May '22

High demand for Avant mortgages is leading to delays

It is understood that several lenders are currently experiencing delays at various stages of the mortgage process due to high demand from home buyers and switchers, in addition to staffing shortages. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 27 Apr '22

Mortgage measures were not designed to limit house prices, says Central Bank deputy governor, Sharon Donnery

“A policy framework that can deliver lower construction costs, greater supply, lower house-price-to-income ratios and less indebtedness is far superior to one in which a higher cost base and great i -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 14 Mar '22

ICS Mortgages increases its fixed interest rates due to inflation

ICS Mortgages chief commercial officer Ray McMahon said the increases “reflect the significant upward pressure on the cost of financing fixed interest rate products in the international markets”. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 03 Mar '22

Barings Real Estate Debt provides €225m for Irish logistics deals

Barings has agreed two loans to KKR and Palm Capital to finance their acquisition of industrial and logistics assets in Dublin and the greater Dublin area (GDA). The loans mark Barings’s debut as a -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 07 Feb '22

90,000 could be in line for lower mortgage rate following surge in house prices: Irish Independent mortgage switching index managing director Martina Hennessy said: “With house prices increasing by over 10pc annually, opportunity is now knocking for those who have bought as recently as 2020 to take advantage of -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 04 Feb '22

ICS sees 143pc growth in mortgage lending in 2021

KBC Bank Ireland chief economist Austin Hughes said it was a “noisy and nervous time for borrowers” but that any rate rise would be lower than in previous years. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 02 Feb '22

Ibec group says Central Bank’s mortgage rules need to be replaced

Property Industry Ireland (PII) has written to the regulator with a submission to its review of the macroprudential mortgage measures that were first introduced in 2015 to provide stability and ensure -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 02 Feb '22

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) doubles loan approvals for new homes to €835m

The strong performance last year means that HBFI has now committed all of the €730m capital initially allocated to it at inception. In a statement, HBFI said it will continue to have “significa -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 27 Jan '22

Dilosk explores deal options in shifting mortgage market

Dilosk rivals Finance Ireland and then Avant launched 20-year fixed-rate mortgages last summer, highlighting the competition and innovation in the part of the mortgage market where lenders are chasing -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 26 Jan '22

‘Bank of mum and dad’ hiking house prices, new survey suggests

Barry Cahill of "The question that regulators and Government should potentially now be asking is whether the ‘bank of mum and dad’ is becoming a banking force in and of itself? One th -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 26 Jan '22

Mortgage drawdowns hit €10.5bn last year – highest level since financial crash

The number of loan approvals hit 53,335 in 2021, up 23.6 per cent on 2020 while the value of those approvals jumped by 30 per cent to €13.4 billion. These are the highest levels recorded since the d -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 21 Jan '22

New €100 million social housing fund, Gresham House Credit Union Income Fund, will finance up to 450 homes

“This fund will match approved housing bodies, who need long term loan capital on competitive terms, with credit unions who are looking for an attractive and secure home for their members’ savings -  Subscribe
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