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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 02 Jul '20

AIB softens its approach to mortgage applications from customers on State pandemic supports

The banking group found itself at the centre of a storm this week when it was revealed it was halting all applications for mortgages from those on State supports at AIB, Haven and EBS. -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 29 Jun '20

AIB introduces ‘frightening’ mortgage rules and halts lending to Covid payment recipients

For second time and subsequent buyers, exemptions to the loan-to-value and loan-to-income ratios are closed. Loans greater than €500,000 are also closed for exemptions to the lending rules. Applicat -  Subscribe
© The Property Week 26 Jun '20

Mortgage approvals down in May

Almost 1,900 mortgages worth €442 million approved despite severe restrictions and economic uncertainty -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 04 Jun '20

Mortgage approvals tumbled in first full month of lockdown – BPFI

A total of 2,200 mortgages were approved in the month, 47 per cent of which were for first-time buyers. The number of mortgages approved fell by 41.1 per cent compared to March and was down by 46.5 pe -  Subscribe
© Irish Examiner 19 May '20

Families reveal how mortgage draw downs being refused if in receipt of Covid 19 wage subsidy

A number of prospective home buyers across the country with loan or mortgage approval from different banks have spoken of their fears of losing substantial deposits or of losing their dream home if th -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 11 May '20

An Post mortgage plans delayed by Covid-19 crisis

The Republic has among the highest home-loan rates in Europe, mainly as a result of the nation’s lenders being required, as a legacy of the arrears crisis of the past decade, to hold much more capit -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 07 May '20

Buyers' deposits put at risk by banks' new lending checks, warn lawyers

Prospective homebuyers are being put at risk of losing their deposits due to problems which have arisen since Covid-19 lending checks were introduced by banks, the Law Society has warned. -  Subscribe
© Business Post 05 May '20

‘Ultimately, nobody will pay anybody, and that’s the killer. Then everything stops'

Another problem has arisen where purchasers’ mortgage sanctions are lapsing because their homes aren’t being completed in time, due to builders being forced off-site. “If people go back at th -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 05 May '20

Househunters squeezed as banks tighten rules in Covid-19 crisis

It’s not bad news for everyone, says Trevor Grant of Affinity Advisors and chairman of the Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors. “But you absolutely have to declare or prove that your income has -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 01 May '20

Househunters squeezed as banks tighten rules in Covid-19 crisis

He says the approach of lenders is inconsistent, with some banks withdrawing full stop. Others are showing latitude. “They are taking the view that this is a temporary situation and you will be back -  Subscribe
© The Property Week 20 Apr '20

Banks clarify position on mortgage application process

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has today published an FAQ as guidance for customers who are currently engaged in the mortgage application process and who may have questions as to how -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 20 Apr '20

The 'Covid caveat': bank house valuations being put at 10pc below agreed price

Michael Dowling of Dowling Financial: "There are instances we have seen where people have agreed a price and then the bank's valuer has gone out in the past week or 10 days where they can get access - -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 14 Apr '20

Little to justify mortgage rates here being so high - brokers

The Central Bank figures also show the volume of new mortgage agreements amounted to €574m in February, an increase of 4.1pc on the same month last year. However, the figures for March are expect -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 09 Mar '20

Permanent TSB becomes latest lender to lower its mortgage rate in price war

Two weeks ago AIB reduced its mortgage rates, signalling a renewed intensity in the rates war. Mortgage interest rates have been steadily falling over the past few years, with keen value now availa -  Subscribe
© The Property Week 28 Feb '20

Strong growth in Mortgage Approvals in January: BPFI Mortgage Approvals Report

–– Some 3,265 mortgages to the value of €744 million were approved in January–– Good growth continues  with first-time buyers – volume up 7.5% year on year  -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 24 Feb '20

[NEEDS INDO SUB] Charlie Weston: Rates may be finally falling but people can't afford to buy

The irony is that there is so little choice and a chronic affordability issue when it comes to securing a property to buy with the newly competitive mortgages. Last year some 21,000 homes were comp -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 12 Feb '20

AIB calls for new scheme to allow shared ownership of homes

Donall O’Shea, head of real estate finance at AIB, said the bank believes there are a large number of households on average incomes that “could potentially afford home ownership but are constraine -  Subscribe
© The Irish Times 29 Jan '20

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland: First-time buyers drive growth in mortgage values and volumes

Some 12,259 new mortgages to the value of €2.8 billion were drawn down by borrowers. That represented an increase of 1.2 per cent in volume and 5 per cent in value on the corresponding quarter of 20 -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 20 Jan '20

Sinead Ryan: What does the mortgage market look like for 2020?

Joey Sheahan, head of credit at, says, "2020 could be the year of the fixed-rate mortgage in Ireland. These latest figures give weight to our own observation that more and more mortgage -  Subscribe
© Irish Independent 13 Jan '20

New buyers pay €2,000 a year more than rest of eurozone

The Central Bank figures show the weighted average interest rate on all new mortgages was 2.9pc in November. This was 11 basis points down since the start of 2019 when the rate stood at 3.01pc. -  Subscribe
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