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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 25 May '23

Avant Money becomes first lender to cut its mortgage rates and is now letting borrowers fix for life

Avant Money is banking on people choosing to “fix and forget” at a time when European rates have shot up seven times, with more hikes expected. Broker Martina Hennessy of said Avant Money -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 28 Apr '23

Mortgage switching collapses with approvals down 54% in March

Remortgaging and mortgage switching activity fell 54.4 per cent year-on-year in March, pointing to a slowdown in that market as interest rates rose, according to Banking & Payments Federation Ireland -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 20 Apr '23

Proposals for subsidies totalling up to €600m to encourage apartment building

The Irish Times understands that the plans involve giving the Land Development Agency (LDA) an extra €500 million to €600 million over a number of years to help fund the development of apartments. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 13 Apr '23

Hundreds approved for First Home scheme that bridges gap for squeezed middle home buyers

New figures show that 1,336 buyers have been approved for the scheme since it was launched last July. The new price ceilings include houses with prices of up to €475,000 in the scheme, depending on -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 29 Mar '23

Marlet secures €384m in funding with AIG and Activate Capital for delivery of 1,108 Dublin apartments

The transaction represents the largest financing deal completed in the capital so far this year and will be used for the delivery of 596 apartments at Grand Canal Harbour in Dublin 8 and 512 apartment -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 26 Mar '23

Cantillon: Mortgage data tells a sobering tale

Despite the dramatic slump in loan volumes and the fall in overall value, the average loan size in February according to the BPFI data was €291,545, 6.7 per cent more than in the same month last yea -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 28 Feb '23

Slight rise in number of mortgage approvals for first-time buyers

This is a 2.1pc increase on the same month last year, according to the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Separate figures show the stock of houses available for sale remains at a historicall -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 28 Feb '23

Divorced homebuyers: ‘Gamechanging’ rule changes make it easier to buy a new home

My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 07 Feb '23

State house-buying scheme will increase to €360,000 for first-time buyers

Under the changes to the scheme, the house-price limit will increase by €40,000 to €360,000 for people seeking loans from local authorities in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin, Dublin City, F -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 03 Feb '23

AIB first with higher mortgage rates after ECB’s fifth move

AIB said on Thursday that it is increasing mortgage rates again, moving within hours of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to hike official rate for a fifth time since July, as rivals said t -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 02 Feb '23

ECB hikes rates by half a point, pledging the same in March

The European Central Bank has raised its main borrowing rate by half a point to 3pc, promising the same next month. It also raised its deposit rate by half a point to 2.5pc, while its overnight rat -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 01 Feb '23

Mortgage drawdowns hit highest levels since Celtic Tiger era, to the value of more than €14bn last year

This is the highest number and value of mortgage drawdowns since 2008, the peak of the boom that ended in a property price crash. The number of new mortgages is up 21pc on the previous year. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 12 Jan '23

Irish mortgage rates now cheaper than Eurozone average but increases are coming

The average rate on a new mortgage in this country was 2.57pc in November, unchanged from the previous month, according to Central Bank of Ireland figures. The Eurozone average is 2.84pc, its highest -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 03 Jan '23

Revealed: The areas where it is cheaper to buy a home than rent – and the six areas where it pays to rent

Martina Hennessy, managing director of "In our analysis, the cost of a 30-year variable mortgage plus 10pc deposit on a home at the current national house price came to €582,259 with Finan -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 08 Nov '22

Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors says main lenders should guarantee rate offers for at least eight weeks

Brokers are calling for lenders to adopt a standard timeframe to allow mortgage borrowers to lock in their rate offers to protect them from rapid European Central Bank (ECB) increases. -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 04 Nov '22

A Revolut mortgage? CEO reveals 'super-app' plans to offer '100pc digital' mortgages

“It could be one of two models, or a combination. The first one is a mortgage financed by us as a bank. Or it could be like a mortgage introduction. But ultimately what we want to build is a frictio -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 26 Oct '22

Finance Ireland suspends long-term fixed mortgages as funding costs rise

The specialist lender, which launched Ireland’s first 20-year fixed product just a year and a half ago, will now stop offering fixes of 10 years or more to new customers. “Given current volatility -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 22 Oct '22

Joe Brennan: Decision to ease some mortgage lending rules should allow more people to buy their homes

While the rules – which have been subject to various tweaks on the loan-to-deposit side over the years – have protected banks and borrowers from overstretching, they have had ... casualties. No -  Subscribe
© Other 21 Oct '22

Over 500 first-time buyers approved for financial supports under First Home Scheme

Michael Broderick, cheif executive of the First Home Scheme, said: "It is early days, but we are off to a good start and First-Time Buyers are responding very favourably to what we offer, with close t -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 19 Oct '22

Central Bank to ease income rules for mortgage lending

The Central Bank is set to say on Wednesday that it will ease its mortgage rules marginally to allow households to borrow up to four times their income in taking on a home loan, according to sources. -  Subscribe
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