Lockdowns cause surge on home improvement spending in Ireland

The coronavirus pandemic created many unforseen circumstances in people’s daily lives. Perhaps the biggest among these was the effects of the lockdown. People had to stay in their homes for much longer than they normally would, and many people were stuck working at home. It is no surprise, then, that a record number of home improvement projects have been carried out over the last year and a half.

Research by Aviva Insurance Ireland shows that 1.5 million homeowners have carried out work on their homes over the past year, with the total cost of these projects coming in at more than €11 billion. In addition to these numbers, another 861,000 people have plans to undertake home improvement projects, the survey says. The survey captured almost every type of home improvement imaginable, from minor fixes like painting a room or replacing windows, to large projects like building extensions onto homes or adding a home office, the latter of which was definitely popular as the country and the world transitioned to a remote work environment.

Aviva Insurance added that this surge in …

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Buying a home vs. Renting: Which is better?

Buying your home is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. However, it is a big commitment and there are a lot of hidden costs and factors that can make it unaffordable for some. Because of the costliness of buying a home outright, many buyers turn to renting instead, especially in expensive housing markets like London, New York, and Hong Kong. Determining which option is best for you depends on a variety of factors, and not everyone’s situation is alike. To help with this important decision, let’s take a look at some of the key differences between buying and renting.

Buying

When buying a house, it’s likely you’ll need to apply for a mortgage. To get a mortgage, you need a deposit (usually at least 10% of the home’s value) and a steady income in order to make repayments. The greater your deposit and income, the more your bank or lender will be able to offer you. However, if you live in an expensive area, or have a low salary and little savings, buying may not be for …

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Commercial Real Estate Investment

 

Introduction

Any property can be a good investment. In this sense, commercial real estate is a property used solely to conduct business or generate income through renting or selling. This diverse group of properties includes a single store, warehouse, offices, shopping malls, hotels, apartments, vacant land, and warehouses.

Given the current population and economic growth trends in Ireland, many people are interested in buying and investing in commercial property. Moreover, emerging market cities are becoming increasingly concentrated among Ireland’s largest urban agglomerations, resulting in increased demand for commercial real estate.

 One thing to note is that before anyone decides to invest in the commercial market, it is vital to have a detailed understanding of the industry and all of its components. Moreover, the need for well-informed investment decisions is critical. When calculating appropriate returns and risks associated with a target asset and evaluating the potential contribution to property pricing of new market trends, commercial properties are the best way to invest.

Reasons to choose commercial real estate as a way of investing

Commercial real estate provides a plethora of …

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6 Things to Consider when Preparing to Move

 

Regardless of your reasons to move, you need to be financially prepared so that your transition to the new home can be smooth and hassle free. There is nothing more difficult than trying to understand the money issues that are related to the move. Some of the difficulty can be faced during the hiring of movers, purchasing of supplies or looking for storage. This post offers some factors that you need to consider when you are planning to move. 

Credit Score

A credit score is important since it can influence the cost of housing. The score can also determine of you have the ability to buy or rent a home you want. If you want to buy a home, a credit score will determine if you qualify to get a mortgage and the interest rate you will pay for the mortgage.

The Cost of properties in different areas

You need to spend a lot of time looking at different homes close to where you live and where you want to move to. You need to make an assessment of …

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Why are investment funds buying up Irish Property?

Large-scale private rented sector (PRS) investors, sometimes called vulture or cuckoo funds, have rapidly become a major force in the Irish property market over the last few years.

As recently as 2017, these funds were a minor and insignificant part of the housing market. However, these firms have spent more than €6 billion buying Irish homes, apartment buildings, and commercial properties over the last three and a half years.

The cuckoo funds show no sign of slowing down in 2021, as they have spent €1.5 billion so far this year, according to recent figures from estate agents and property adviser JLL. Most of these funds are backed by international investors, and have quickly become big players in the market, particularly investing in deals for new apartments in Dublin.

But what is driving this relatively new and rapidly growing force in the market?

Analysts say that an influx of cash in European markets, lack of yields in traditional assets including bonds, and the huge surge in housing demand and high rent prices in Ireland have combined to create a very lucrative …

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What are the Factors Influencing Housing Demand in Ireland?

Ireland has had a vast history when it comes to development and economic boom. In the late 1990s and the 2000s, the country’s housing demand rose as many sectors, including the government, showed interest in construction and housing projects, such as bank credit, salary solid growth, and rapid house prices. However, the economic recession of 2008 saw a significant collapse in house demand and supply that lead to a restriction on mortgage loans and pricing rates. In recent years, the price has improved, and demand has also increased but at a slower pace as compared to the late 20th-century growth chart. The following are some of the factors that have influenced the demand and supply of housing and mortgage in Ireland: –

Incomes and Employment. The income distribution has a significant impact on housing demand. The housing affordability problems for some in income distribution would be compounded if there was an unfair distribution of income and unemployment. Population growth. As the number of inhabitants increases in Ireland, the demand for housing also increases as many look for shelters to …

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Central Bank warns of New Home shortage

House prices have been surging in Ireland lately, and the new home market has been hit especially hard. The rise in house prices has been caused by a number of factors, and significantly accelerated due to the economic strains of the Covid-19 pandemic. Two recent reports from property websites myhome.ie and daft.ie have suggested that home prices are currently inflating at a 13 percent annual rate. Now, the Central Bank has warned that the pandemic will have a significant affect on the housing supply for the foreseeable future. The Central Bank projects that approximately 25,000 fewer new homes will be built between 2020 and 2023 when compared to pre-pandemic projections.

Among the many factors already driving an increase in pricing has been pent up savings. Consumers have had significantly less things to spend money on since March of last year, especially during those times when the country was under level 5 lockdowns-the strictest possible measure. People have not been able to shop at non-essential retail stores, eat or drink at their favorite pubs, or commute to work, leading to a …

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5 Mortgage tips for first time buyers in Ireland

If you’re buying your first home in Ireland, chances are you will need to finance it using a mortgage. Getting a mortgage is a very big commitment, and may seem overwhelming, especially considering that if you miss too many payments, the bank may foreclose your home. However, mortgage approval rates for first time buyers are on the rise, and if you’re feeling uneasy, here are 5 tips to make the process a little less scary.

1. Budget and save effectively

You won’t get a mortgage without having a deposit ready, so it is important for prospective homeowners to open a savings account and start budgeting for their deposit. The lender will be looking to determine your ‘repayment capacity’, assessing your current expenses and financial situation. Mainly, they will be looking to see that the amount you save each month is greater than or equal to your mortgage costs. Be sure to limit overdraft fees and excessive spending, particularly gambling-related expenses, on your bank statements, as this will look bad to lenders.

2. Have a good credit rating

It is essential …

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Looking to move to Dublin? Consider living in these areas

The city of Dublin is one of the most popular hubs for relocation for people from all over Ireland and the world. Divided into a north and south side by the Liffey River, Dublin has many great neighborhoods within its 24 postal districts. Boasting a population of 1.2 million people, more than 25% of the entire country’s population, Dublin is a busy city packed with a variety of inhabitants and lifestyles. Whatever type of lifestyle you’re looking for, there is a great neighborhood in Dublin that can suit your needs. Here is a brief look at some of the best locations in Dublin.

City Center South

Looking to live a city lifestyle, with great food and diverse nightlife? If so, City Center South may be for you. Though it may be a little more affluent and expensive to live in than its Northern counterpart, North Inner City, or D1, City Center South, known as D2, provides a great experience for those looking to live in a central location with lots of tourist attractions. Nearby attractions include the iconic Temple Bar, …

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Promote housing, tax it appropriately and spend that money on making more housing

When you talk about being in favour of ‘more property tax’ you quickly lose the room, but what if we had less income tax and more tax on immovable assets? This is a targeted wealth tax given the way that property and wealth are intertwined, it also means those with the most valuable homes would contribute more and could encourage down-sizing too which would help free up chronically under-occupied housing stock.

This can be an emotive topic, we understand that, but so is the plight of young people facing a market that isn’t affordable and a housing shortage that is driving prices to dangerous levels.

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