A picture speaks 256,000 words

The Surveyors Journal did an excellent info-graphic on how much it costs to build a house (with no land cost factored in)

It’s fairly clear that costs are not as simple as ‘cheaper land’. That is only one part of the equation, the other parts are things like local authority costs, Part V, VAT, expected profits, all of which are not directly linked to prime costs of the materials and labour that creates the construction part of the home.

Worth looking at twice before wondering why housing is so damn expensive.

 

 

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Drop rates so banks can lend more…

In the ongoing variable rates pricing fracas there are many points being overlooked. The first is why our mortgage rates are higher than other European countries, but we should just ignore that – at least to stay popular.

We’ll say that the government/Central Bank pressure works and banks drop their rates, what next?

We might get around to the greater number of people under price pressure for housing (the renters), but that’s unlikely, instead we’ll inadvertently drive up house prices a little more by making credit more easily available.

Because the lower the variable rate the lower the stress test. Lower rates equals more credit, it’s a fact of life in lending.

You heard it here first. The lower variable rates go the more it frees up a persons lending capability. We have covered the way the Central Bank lending rules won’t work to the point of being annoying (and we weren’t alone, the ESRI and …

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RTE Radio 1: Talking Money, how to ‘beat the bank’ with Karl Deeter & Jill Kerby

Last week on ‘Talking Money’ Mary Wilson spoke to Karl and Jill about ways to ‘beat the bank’. In an era of low returns and higher costs on credit and use of the financial system beating the banks becomes an important aspect of finances because of the amount of interaction most of us have with banks.

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RTE Drivetime: ‘Talking Money’ on the best saving tips

This week on Drivetime’s ‘Talking Money’ we looked at ways to take the maximum money saving ideas and put them to use in your own day to day life. Some are well known, others are not, but we are hopeful that there was something for everybody!

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Online Mortgage, Dublin Ireland

We are fans of technology and that is why way back in 2007 we went for a fully transparent business model which would allow our clients to track their mortgage on our system which uses the same level of security as online banking.

The current method of an online [glossary id=’6898′ slug=’mortgage’ /] application has not developed in Ireland to the extent that it could have, in part due to a collapse of lending.

We envisage that in time it will all be done online and electronically which will be good for everybody, brokers in particular as currently we end up using vast amounts of paper to replication applications to different lenders. The indexing of documents so that they can be sent securely online from one database to another is the next step.

In terms of when that will happen? Probably not for a few years yet, the systems don’t exist in banks to accept documents like this yet, a [glossary id=’6802′ slug=’broker’ /] could change easily because they have smaller less mission critical systems to work with. By that …

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TV3 Morning Show featureing Irish Mortgage Brokers and MyHome.ie

TV3 The Morning Show with Sybil and Martin from Irish Mortgage Brokers on Vimeo.

We were delighted to feature on TV3’s ‘Morning Show with Sybil and Martin’ on their monthly property slot alongside Angela Keegan from MyHome.ie

In the piece we discussed the property market as well as the financial side of it and how changes to both interest rates and taxation changes could affect buyers in the future.

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