The Today Show with Sean O’Rourke had us on to discuss an article written by Charlie Weston in the Indpendent about the strong level of cash buyers in the Irish property market. Marie Sherlock from Siptu the trade union was also on, what followed was a robust conversation where there was some interesting debate but also a lot of agreement on the problems, symptoms and solutions to the ills of the Irish property market.
This was an interesting conversation that we took part in, it wasn’t about mortgages or property for a change! It was about whether political correctness has gone too far. Karl Deeter was asked to discuss this from the perspective that perhaps it has, as a believer in freedom of speech he argued that it has along with Larissa Nolan and saying that it hasn’t was done by Collete Browne of the Independent and Peter Kavanagh from the Green Party.
Comedian Deirdre O’Kane and Karl Deeter were on Matt Cooper’s ‘Last Word’ last week to take part in the ‘Friday Panel’ which is a segment of the show that goes through the big stories of the week. There were lots of topics covered, presidential elections, property protests and parenting tips!
Newstalk’s ‘Lunchtime’ with Ciara Kelly did a piece on new wealth statistics issued by the Central Bank which featured Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers. It looked at the average wealth per person in Ireland and the point was made that property was a very large component of it. Other things that affect wealth were also discussed as well as some of the problems around using ‘averages’ to describe anything.
We were happy to take part in a more light hearted segment of radio on Today FM when Matt Cooper had Karl Deeter in to discuss different news items from the week that was. He was joined by the journalist Larissa Nolan to discuss many different topics from ‘beer goggles’ to property prices and slavery.
Cormac Ó hEadhra had Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers on his show along with Joan Burton (Labour TD), Michael O’Regan (Irish Times), Carol Nolan (Sinn Fein TD), Colm Burke (Fine Gael Senator).
The discussion focused largely on the tracker mortgage scandal and also covered the stand-off in Stormont.
Pat Kenny had Irish Mortgage Brokers on the show to discuss NAMA, their role in building new housing and to consider some of the positives and negatives of this approach.
We were really pleased to take part in a piece on RTE Radio 1’s ‘History Show with Myles Dungan’. The topic was historic property cycles and how the most recent crash was big news to most of us, but was far from the most enduring (which lasted about a century).
Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers was on with Frank Quinn from the Blackrock Further Education Institute, the piece was based on their paper which had been presented to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland last October (David Duffy formerly of the ESRI and now of Property Ireland was also an author on the technical paper).
Matt Cooper had several guests in to discuss the new proposal for 800 sites owned by the government to be released in order to provide new housing.
There was Jim Bainam from the Department of Housing, Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers and Sinn Fein TD Eoin O’Brionn.
There were differences of opinion in terms of the ‘how’ regarding the sites, in terms of ‘how they are delivered’ via housing bodies, local authorities or privately, but all of the panellists were positive about a move to increase housing supply.
The main thing to remember in our view, is that it doesn’t really matter who builds what because the local authority remain the tax authority on all housing so they can get the housing with no capital outlay and then capture the property tax in future years if a private developer does it.
Scott and Venetia had us on their show to discuss the property market and to go through some of the things that are affecting it.
They also found out how much he paid for his last haircut and a few other unusual things that you don’t normally hear on radio!