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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 28 Apr '21

Almost half ‘favour making it easier to repossess if a mortgage is in arrears’

45pc were strongly in favour of a tougher stance on borrowers in arrears if this would lead to lower mortgage interest rates as a result. This compares with 23pc who are strongly against. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 19 Apr '21

Exits of KBC and Ulster Bank leave other banks free to hike rates: Brendan Burgess

No other country in Europe allows such irresponsible behaviour. If someone genuinely can’t pay their mortgage, the government helps them with a social welfare payment. If they won’t pay their mort -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 11 Apr '21

Will any bank give my son and his wife a mortgage?

Most lenders are being remarkably chary about allowing aspiring homeowners draw down mortgages where there income or employment is affected by Covid. Basically they are nervous that when the economy r -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 18 Mar '21

Broker says lenders are using wage subsidy scheme to refuse mortgages

Michael Dowling said: “Every lender is now refusing applications from people whose employer is using the EWSS scheme, even when they themselves are not on it. Absolutely every one of the banks. If t -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 14 Mar '21

Six ways the odds are stacking against first-time buyers

They include rising prices, restricted supply of new homes, cuckoo funds snapping up new builds, Fianna Fáil's controversial housing plan, mortgages not being granted to people on the wage subsidy sc -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 09 Mar '21

Sharp decline in investors using buy-to-let mortgages to fund investments

According to the latest Housing Market Monitor for the fourth quarter of 2020, published by the by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), property investors accounted for less than 1 per cent o -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 26 Feb '21

Mortgage approval grew 2.8pc in January as Covid ‘helped savers focus’: BPFI

The number of mortgages approved in January grew 2.8pc compared to the same month last year, indicating a resilient market despite the pandemic's impact on the economy, -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 22 Feb '21

Avant to build on Irish mortgage coup

Chris Paul: "It's insane. I think it's nip and tuck between Ireland and Greece between which Eurozone country consumers pay the highest for their mortgage. I'm genuinely pleased that we have been able -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 16 Feb '21

Banks say tough capital rules are reason for higher Irish mortgage rates

The report found that lenders in Ireland are required to hold about three times more capital for the perceived higher risk in their mortgage loans books when compared to average capital requirements i -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 11 Feb '21

Mortgage rates could rise again if Ulster Bank quits

Rates on new mortgages here were 2.76pc in December. Although this was down 12 basis points when compared with December in 2019 it was still more than double the average rate in the Eurozone, the l -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 11 Feb '21

First-time buyers: Surge in demand may not be all that it seems

“We’re seeing a huge increase in mortgage applications, but, based on actual follow-through with all the required documents, a portion of these may just be using time on their hands at home to sim -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 29 Jan '21

Value of mortgage drawdowns in fourth quarter at highest level in 12 years: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland

The value of drawdowns reached its highest quarterly level since the fourth quarter of 2008. The BPFI said this was driven by borrowing by first-time buyers, which rose to its highest level by volume -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 25 Jan '21

The mortgage market: what to expect in 2021

This increase in market activity looks set to continue this year, driven by a decline in Covid-19 economic uncertainty, lower available interest rates and, ultimately, people’s desire to secure a ho -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 15 Jan '21

Buyers face new six month ‘use it or lose it’ rule for mortgage approvals

Haven, which is the broker-focused part of EBS, said mortgage applications approved after this week will no longer be valid for a year. Other lenders are now expected to follow. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 02 Dec '20

Mortgage approvals surged in October to record level: BFPI

The industry group’s latest monthly monitor of activity suggested a total of 5,207 mortgages worth €1.25 billion were approved in October, up nearly 13 per cent on the previous month. The value of -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 23 Nov '20

Focus: Home loan limbo - the growing number of buyers struggling to get their mortgages

Those who will struggle to get a home loan now range from people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) to those who are not affected directly by Covid-19 supports, but who work in a se -  Subscribe
© Irish Examiner 17 Nov '20

Central Bank slaps lenders' wrists over mortgage policy during Covid

"Mortgage lenders must make clear to customers that where there has been any material change to the customer’s circumstances prior to the drawdown of funds, the loan offer may subsequently be withdr -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 12 Nov '20

Mortgage drawdowns jumped 67pc quarter-on-quarter at KBC Bank Ireland in the three months to September 30

KBC saw a surge in mortgage applications in the three-month period, with applications up 66pc on the prior quarter, as people sought to make savings on new and existing mortgages, the bank said. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 06 Nov '20

Mortgage lending hit from Covid not as big as feared – Goodbody

The stockbroker said it expected mortgage lending to decline 20pc this year to €7.6bn – better than the previous estimate of €6.9bn before growing in 2021 to €8.6bn. The change in forecast fol -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 02 Oct '20

Ulster Bank to launch new green mortgage

It new loan, aimed at customers buying a home with a B2 Building Energy Rating (BER) or higher, is a four-year fixed rate of 2.4pc. Head of home-buying Lorraine Costelloe: “Like all of our other fix -  Subscribe
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