BPFI Housing Market Monitor Report Explained

The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland released their latest Housing Market Monitor report today. It consisted of many different numbers and statistics that will be explained in this blog.

Ireland has consistently seen a large influx of newcomers recently. In the first quarter of 2019, it was reported that the number of housing commencements increased by 31.6% compared to the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, 5,800 housing commencements were registered during that same time period. These numbers are good signs for the Irish people. An increase of new construction will help out with the shortage of houses available and allow for a continually growing economy.

In response to the increase in number of housing projects, one would also expect the number of mortgages given out to increase as well. Mortgage approvals grew 9.2% in the first quarter, while mortgage drawdowns increased by 8.9%. Increase in the number of mortgage approvals can raise some red flags. Mortgage defaults can be deadly for both parties involved, however, with Ireland’s growing economy, defaults should not be an added worry.

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Expanding Housing & Development: New Sites

Three new building sites have become available for development. As of early this week, Savills brought three properties to the market that will allow for development. The properties are located near Citywest Business Campus in Dublin, Kilkenny, and north Dublin.

The Citywest property is listed on the market for the price of €5.6 million. The site has been defined as 9.7 acres amounting to a little more than €1.7 million per acre. The property is also available at €3.25 million for one 5 acre plot or 4.7 acre plot. The objective of this property was defined as to “to provide for enterprise and employment-related uses”. This new property listing can be greatly beneficial for Dublin. Introducing a 10 acre plot can be developed and create new jobs and housing.

The second property in North Dublin that has been listed at a starting price of about of €2 million. This lot amount to about three acres. The price per acre is about €1.5 million. The property has planning permission to develop 35 residential units, and may have potential for an additional five homes …

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Cuckoo Funds

Cuckoo Funds has been recently used to describe big investors. Some of the main investors that comprise of the cuckoo funds are large institutional investors like pension funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and special private rental firms. These investors pour money into developments that cannot be purchased by the average individual or family. The developments funded by “cuckoo funds” are classified as build-to-rent. Investors are increasingly interested in attempting to tap into the growing demand for Irelands rental market.

These cuckoo funds are named accordingly because they have been seen to push first time buyers out of the market. Cuckoo funds have had significant impacts on investors and buyers in the market.

Benefits to the large investors can be defined by the ability to build apartments that do not have restrictions on maximum number of apartments per floor. Another benefit for a developer willing to invest in build to rent is that they are allowed flexibility in comparison to other developments in regard to amenities and storage. These cuckoo funds are also seen as controversial due to favorable …

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Illegal Irish flats similar to US university housing

During the month of May, a property in the city of Dublin was advertised as a flat, accommodating up to eight people comfortably. This listing, seemed normal to many prospective renters until they looked at the photographs.

This alleged flat seemed to many to be a converted office building. Upon further inspection, it was easy to see that this five bath, eight bed, and shared kitchen space were not exactly up to legal regulations, although this is conveyed as the least important aspect.

What most people seem to be most appalled by is the lack of privacy, and in some aspects, personal space that come from the conversion of an old workplace. The blocks of office areas were broken into two, leaving renters with thin walls between their two rooms.

Additionally, one of the rooms had three single beds pictured in one of the so-called rooms. This also put people in a frenzy, criticizing the renters on their lack of space management. In the end, it was found that this flat did not have the correct paperwork or …

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Affordable Housing Options Heading to Dublin

Three council-owned sites have been offered to developers under the condition that affordable homes are built in its place. Dublin City Council who offered up the sites are attempting to tackle the rising prices in Dublin and offer reasonable priced houses, apartments, and duplexes at three different sites. Over 370 homes will be built starting at €116,000 aimed at attracting low and middle-income buyers.

Average house prices in Dublin have grown over 4% in the first couple of months this year outperforming the national average by over 1%. Dublin’s current average house price is €383,000 and many people are having trouble affording homes in the city. Dublin City Council aims to start prices at €267,000 less than the current average which will allow for more diversity within Dublin’s housing market makeup.

The least expensive of the new homes being built are the two Ballymun sites. One Ballymun site will be located on Sillogue Road near Main Street. The other site will be listed on Balbutcher Lane. Options will include a one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom duplex and house, three-bedroom duplex and house, …

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New plot may lack space

Recently, a 125 acre plot of land in in Baldoyle, county Dublin has been given permission to plan for construction of at least 1,000 new residential units in the near future.

The land itself will be broken into two different sites; one will be used for a more expensive, modern type residence with a town center and grand landscaping. The other part will be used for a more residential area, with zoning estimations of up to 759 units on the land.

With an apparent lack in the amount of appropriate proportion of home buyers and sellers in Dublin, a shortage of housing has become one of the cities main focuses. This newly zoned area will continue adding to the already large capital city of Ireland.

Although there are many opportunities for growth within this huge chunk of land, I am personally quite skeptical of the livability of these areas. New developments are always shiny and clean looking on the outside, but can have a lot of inherent problems in actual habitation of these units.

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Reactions to New Rental Laws

Homelessness is an issue of uttermost importance in Ireland. Two staggering numbers mentioned below are being directly addressed by members of the Irish government.

10,378 – number of homeless people as of April

3,794 – number of homeless children as of April

Eoghan Murphy, minister for housing, planning, and local government, blames short term renting (letting) as a big contributor. Ireland has seen increasing numbers of people immigrating over plus many British citizens are moving to Ireland due to Brexit concerns. With this influx of people coupled with an increase of short-term renting, many citizens find the lack of few homes for sale too expensive and are resorting to homelessness.

The new legislation will be going into effect on July 1st. The legislation mainly targets the multinational company, Airbnb, who allows people to post their homes for rent on the web. Owners who reside in a rent pressure zone (rpz) will be required to fill out a form at the beginning and ending of each year. Additionally, a ninety-day total limit per year will be enforced and each rental session …

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The Slowing Growth of Property Prices

The cost of property throughout Ireland has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. With the uncertainty in regard to Brexit, prices of homes are said to increase by less than recent years. Slower growth in price of homes may appear to be beneficial for the Irish housing market, but in reality costs of property are still trending to increase in price. Prices rose by 3.9 per cent compared to 4.3 per cent one month earlier. The increase is about four times less than the average percent growth increase of past years in Ireland.

So how will Brexit effect the housing market in Ireland? Some individuals believe that if the deal goes through, Ireland could play a more significant role in Europe. This trend is becoming prominent in Dublin. Massive companies like Facebook, Google, Paypal. eBay and Microsoft have moved their headquarters to Ireland. This change over the last few years means that there will be an increase in jobs and thus an influx of people. The more people means demand for housing will only further increase. If there is …

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Problems of the Irish Housing Market

The Irish housing market has faced a drastic increase in price of homes over the last 30 years. Of course inflation has contributed to the increase of the cost of homes, but inflation cannot nearly explain the massive jump in prices of Irish homes. More specifically, costs of housing has jumped more than five times the cost of a home 30 years ago.

So what does explain the massive rise in costs of property prices? Could it be that increase in salaries contribute to the rise of price in homes? I know that the average income today is much higher than it was 30 years ago. However, the rate that average income has increased over the last few decades is nowhere near the amount that housing prices have increased.

The maximum mortgage loan a homebuyer can be granted is his or her average salary multiplied by 3.5. According to the Irish Mirror, the average take weekly income of an irish person is €734 per week. Multiply this by 52 and you have €38168 before taxes. Even income before tax …

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