In this piece we were asked to contribute to a conversation on the constitutional right to housing. Maeve Regan from The Mercy Law Resource Centre discussed the merits of the idea which was put forward by the charity she heads up, while Karl Deeter took the view that an addition to the constitution of a right to housing won’t resolve the problem and that the right already exists.
Last week on Drivetime’s ‘Talking Money’ we discussed the idea of ‘downsizing’ your home and what it means, how to do it, and the things you might want to watch out for if you are considering downsizing.
As people age larger homes often become less of a requirement, equally, selling your primary home being capital gains free can be advantageous, so we looked at the angles and figured out what you should watch for.
This week on RTE’s ‘Talking Money’ we looked at the cost of raising a child. Everybody who ever had kids knows it’s expensive, but did they realise it can cost about €105,000 per child? That’s a real eye opener and that so many parents cut back on vital financial needs like life insurance to allow for general consumption is a concern. As always, you’re bound to be entertained as Karl Deeter and Jill Kerby ‘talk money’.
We were asked for a comment on the Central Bank switching report by RTE News at 6. We believe it is telling us what many already intuitively know, that by being assertive and moving away from lenders who charge more that people will ultimately save money.
There is a counterbalancing argument about the savings being estimated over the life of the loan, but equally, the report doesn’t factor in switching contributions which could sway it back in favour of moving from expensive providers to lower cost lenders.
Back in June (sorry for the delay, we had the recording but didn’t post it!) we did a piece on life insurance and both how and why it matters.
As usual, Jill and Karl didn’t always agree on everything but the need to insure against your greatest risk was universally accepted and how to do it sensibly is really straight forward.
You can catch us again ‘Talking Money’ every Monday on RTE Drivetime at about 18:15.
This week on ‘Talking Money’ Karl Deeter and Jill Kerby were discussing ‘switching’ with Cormac on RTE’s Drivetime. It was coincidental that many of the points we made were reinforced by the Central Bank findings this week on mortgage switching on points such as assertive customer behaviour being important and not allowing inertia to hold people back.
Yesterday on Newstalk’s Breakfast show Shane Coleman spoke to Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers about rent controls and what effects they may have, it is also becoming known as ‘rent certainty’ which is a more politically correct version of the same expression.
Germans have struggled to make this workable, as have the French, these markets are also heralded as the markets we should aim to replicate, but why would we want their problems when we have problems of our own already?
We spoke with Mary Wilson of Drivetime on RTE about mortgage rates and what the implications were of the changes Michael Noonan (Irish Minister of Finance) announced that day. We also read through the Central Bank report on the subject and considered the findings of their analysis in terms of the impact it might have on borrowers.
We were asked to speak with Pat Kenny today about variable rates and the government plan to intervene to make banks drop them. This was, after considering various pieces of evidence shown to be a deeply political rather than pragmatic move. We also demonstrated that there are documents which the Minister for Finance had drafted up with the banks specifically stating that he would not intervene on matters of pricing, the recent round of ‘meetings’ is in direct contravention of that.
Pat Kenny spoke to Karl Deeter about some of the huge, but unreported issues in the housing market, such as ‘who owns derelict sites and buildings’ and how regulations can sometimes make it difficult to provide quality housing at affordable prices.
This was an extended segment on something of great national importance that generally doesn’t get a lot of airtime so we were very pleased with Newstalk for the opportunity to work through it and to have the time to describe many of the nuances that would otherwise be overlooked.