Office Occupancy Cost Seeing a Shift

Rental space is on the rise in the Irish market, though typically assumed strictly to act as homes, there is new research pointing our direction to the office rental markets.

With the latest bi-monthly report recently released by commercial property specialists CBRE, numerous important transactions in multiple sectors of the Ireland commercial property market have been reported.

The report is mostly noted for the strong take-up recorded in the Dublin office market during the beginning of 2018. Dublin is currently ranked 27th for global office occupancy costs, compared to the 29th place they held in the year previous.

This shift to fulfill more and more office space within the city is most likely due to the ease of doing business within the city limits.

By maintaining such a central location, it is made possible for businesses to thrive. Businesses often depend on the resources a city offers, as well as the booming customer base. In the nation of Ireland, Dublin really is the best place for this.

With office rents in the suburbs seen to be at levels currently less …

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Housing Price Hike Near Public Transport

It is well known that Dublin is currently the most sought out housing market in Ireland. With the highest populated city in the nation, this is, however, not a surprising fact.

Why Dublin? An obvious question….It has everything anyone could want. From restaurants and shopping to sports and entertainment, everyone is guaranteed something from this central spot.

In recent years there has been a significant influx of people to the Dublin area as it has grown as a point of interest for home buyers as well as a point of business for the working class.

What these home buyers are finding, however, is a large disappointment.

As it is well known for the housing shortage buyers determined to find a home are either making large sacrifices or paying huge lump sums to get what they want.

These sacrifices often lead to looking outside of the buyer’s ideal location and settling on a greater commute. Commutes, being the reason the recent studies that have been conducted in regards to the housing market have found such surprising results.

It has recently been …

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Newstalk Lunchtime: Ciara Kelly talks to Karl Deeter about AirBnB and the housing market

We were part of a conversation with Ciara Kelly on Newstalk’s ‘Lunchtime’ show discussing AirBnB and whether or not you can blame it for housing sector problems in Ireland. Our view is that it is part of a healthy market, but where a market is unhealthy you can’t say that it is the source of the disease, rather the malaise in Irish housing generally.

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RTE: So a fund bought your mortgage, what’s next?

Aengus Cox in RTE did a piece on funds who buy loan and there are sound clips and a written report on it here.

We made the point that “quite often do deals that the banks won’t do and that’s the frustrating thing – there’s massive write-down being done by these funds, and to me that’s a very positive development. They’re putting an end date – an end point – in situations that the banks have not had the courage or capacity to do. And sometimes finalising something is actually part of the solution. Now it might not end the way the person wants but this is an adult world where outcomes are based on decisions and consequences, not on what you want.”

The piece does a very good and fair job of looking at all sides of the argument, those of debt advocates, the funds themselves and market participants.

 

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Regulating mortage buyers is a political move not a sensible regulatory one.

Politicians are prone to playing politics, that’s a given. What is strange is that so few demonstrate a knowledge of the regulatory environment that banking exists in. While decrying a ‘lack of regulation’ they fail to see that loan sales are actually a result of regulation, the very thing they are saying they want.

If you have a long term agreement with a borrower that is a contract, it can and does stand the test of the courts. A fund buyer won’t seek to overturn that contract even though the loan is technically ‘not performing’.

This is an important point, if you got a split mortgage and it was agreed on a long term basis (as they are) then your loan is non-performing because part of the loan isn’t accruing interest. You are making payments in full on the other part, but it is less than the original contracted agreement. Any losses of interest are accounted for and already booked, but the loan itself is still going to be classified that way.

If somebody buys your loan they have to …

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Drivetime: ESRI property report, November 2017

We spoke to Mary Wilson on RTE’s ‘Drivetime’ show about the ESRI Report which stated that property prices would continue to rise for several more years into the future. We know of no significant measure that will reduce the upward momentum of prices at present. In a worrying sense you also don’t see any yield compression – that means that as prices are rising so are yields, this typically indicates a normal relationship with prices and yields (in a bubble yields often drop as the toppy capital prices far outweigh yields).

 

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Newstalk: Another crash is coming, accept it

We spoke to Ciara Kelly about the current property market and where we believe we are in the cycle. She was surprised to hear us say that we believed a crash was virtually an inevitability. There are myriad reason for property cycles and the routes to resolving them are politically unacceptable, for that reason we are confident we won’t avoid experiencing another one.

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