Dublin Rent prices on office apartments have fallen since the beginning of the pandemic

In the past year, we’ve seen the Dublin office market prices in rent fall to the lowest they’ve been since 2016. The COVID pandemic has caused the economy to slow to a standstill, and with that, the majority of such companies are postponing their long term executive decisions due to the uncertainty the pandemic has brought about. Office rents have fallen from the high of €65 per square foot down to €59 near the end of 2020.

Even so, there have been signs of economic recovery near the end of the last quarter of 2020. This is expected to grow and continue as the vaccinations for the virus begin to become publicly accessible to the general public. The vacancy rate in the Dublin offices ended at around 9.5% due to reduced demand and office hours during the pandemic. This grey space comes into the market and accounts for nearly 25% of the available office space in the capital. These spaces are continuing to compete with traditional landlords as they offer more flexible terms of lend to their customers. There have …

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Concern for Housing Supply in Ireland

COVID regulations have hit many markets hard, but possibly the worst be in the housing industry. Due to certain restrictions, the housing supply of homes built between 2020 and 2022 is predicted to be 23,000 fewer than normal. This, combined with the growing demand for housing as well as the built-up saving of household revenue during the pandemic could cause the demand for housing in Ireland to skyrocket, leading to higher pricing. Over the last year, it is predicted that over €13 billion have been saved up by families in Ireland, and with that many households are looking to improve their housing situation at the end of quarantine. The spending demand of these households far exceeds to the market supply of housing to be offered to said customers.

The Central Bank predicts that there will be 18,500 new housing completions in 2020, and in 2021 and 2022 that number will rise to around 22,000. This in total will be 23,000 fewer houses entering the market in these three years compared to the normal growth rate of housing supply prior to …

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House Buying in Ireland

Buying a new home or property is possibly one of the most daunting tasks out there, especially for first-time buyers or international buyers. There are many regulations to keep in mind, and here is just a small list of actions to take that will make this process so much easier.

1: Builder: Contact a local builder and request them to look at the prospective property. They will be able to tell you how much additional work needs to be done for the property, and generally advise the state of the property.

2: Electrician Check: If you have the contact, call in a favor from an electrician to check the wires for issues and maintenance.

3: Structural survey: This will be an investment, and you’ll be surprised at the number of faults this check can find within a property, no matter how pretty the house may look from outside. The usual cost is around €1.5k, but worth it in the long run, if you are to meet large issues.

4: Deposit: Buying international means that you may have to put in …

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Saving During the Pandemic

Now is a great time to be investing in smart money saving techniques. The recent pandemic in 2020 has not treated many of us kindly, and money may be an issue even as we move into 2021. We’ve composed a shortlist of just a couple of ways you could help yourself financially to not only get back on your feet but also begin thinking of how to use your money wisely!

1: Begin Saving

Everyone should already always have an emergency fund at the ready, but why not go beyond that set a certain amount of your paycheck to be put into savings? According to Retail Analyst Mr. Kantar Worldpanel, nearly a quarter of Irish families regularly shop at either Aldi or Lidl. In that, nearly 75% of families rarely shop at discounter shops. These family-friendly stores could not only give you better, more local products but also be less of a burden on your wallet. Mr. Worldpanel also reports that of the families that shop at Aldi or Lidl, their weekly grocery bill is nearly 20% lower than those …

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Why do people use insurance brokers?

Insurance brokers are only here to help you. Like mortgage brokers are the middlemen between their client and the lenders, insurance brokers are the middleman between you and the insurance companies, and finding you the right policy is what they do best. With so much going on in our world, having life insurance is great for giving you and your loved one’s peace of mind. Insurance brokers can find you great deals, save you time, help you to understand the policy, and overall have a better understanding of a number of insurance companies.

Since insurance brokers have access to multiple companies, they are able to get you a great policy with a premium that will work for you. They will ask you a number of questions to get a better understanding of what type of coverage you are looking for. From there they are able to show you several possible policies and explain each of them in enough detail for you to fully understand what each of them covers.

Understanding your policy and what type of coverage you have is …

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How to buy properties in Bulgaria

Hello my name is Hristo Dimitrov. I’m a student from Varna Bulgaria. I’m new to Irish Mortgage Brokers.

Today my topic is how to buy properties in Bulgaria

 

-First time buyers

When Bulgarian people are buying a home, they have some problems researching the right home for themselves.

They are also not familiar with how to buy a home. They always have problems and some may come across real estate fraud. So I will show you some helpful tips to follow:

Estimate your budget.

It is important to know how much money you are willing to spend on buying an apartment and navigating the cost of housing in your city.

Don’t do it yourself

Get a mortgage. If your own funds are not sufficient but you have a stable income, get a mortgage. Today, banks issue loans for ten to thirty years.

Get ready – wait for a new building.

Primary housing, that is, apartments in new buildings, are, on average, cheaper than second homes. They also have no legal history. And if the developer sells the property, …

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Demand Outweighs Supply: Significant Interest in 500 New Affordable Houses

The Irish Times reports that the County Council of south Dublin has a plan to build 500 new affordable homes. This is the first time a plan has been put in place to build affordable housing in south Dublin for well over a decade. The houses are planned to cost roughly €300,000. Therefore, for first time buyers, in order to purchase, the home buyers would have to place a down payment of €30,000. However, the home buyers could also benefit from the Help to Buy Scheme. Since the home buyers are purchasing affordable housing that is less than 500,000 euro, the first time buyers could receive a tax rebate of 5% of the 300k if the home buyers take out a mortgage of at least 70% of the home’s price. This €15,000 rebate could be very beneficial to most first time home buyers. In addition, the Irish Times predicted that the affordable homes will be 40% less than market price, a significant savings.  

As reported by the Irish times, the homes will be available in three locations. The first time …

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Help To Buy For First Time Buyers

The name provides a definition for itself. First time home buyers are people in the market buying a home for the first time. Compared to other home buyers, such as trader-up borrowers and mortgage switchers, first time buyers have different benefits and restrictions when borrowing than other borrowers. The Central Bank of Ireland requires a 10% down payment for first time buyers. Now, for first time buyers, a 45,000 euro down payment for a 450,000 euro home may be somewhat daunting. However, the Central Bank has offered assistance for their first time buyers to keep them in the market. The Central Bank offers a help to buy program. This benefit allows for first time buyers of new houses and apartments to take a 5% tax rebate off of properties less than 500,000 euros. In a recent case at Irish Mortgage Brokers, a married couple came looking for a mortgage on their first home. The couple did not have a home in mind at the time, but based on their income, the couple had roughly below 500k to spend. Both individuals …

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Bank Refusal to Loan to First Time Buyers

Current issues with mortgage regulations are preventing many first time buyers who qualify for many exemptions from the harsh Central Bank mortgage rules. Data form Central Bank shows that only 17% of mortgages issued last year included mortgage exemptions. Lenders are entitled to issue exemptions for 20% of the value of the loans they issue to first time buyers. This gap in issuance of exemptions has left first time buyers are left desperate and frustrated by the difficult restrictions placed qualifying for mortgage exemptions. Exemptions are needed but people are not receiving them because of the scope for banks to lend more.

The requirements to qualify for the exemptions are extremely complex. This complexity of the rules of exemption is the reason why banks are unable to understand how many exemptions can be used, which in turn makes banks reluctant to approve exemptions. Qualifying for exemptions allow a minority of higher earning home buyers to borrow more than is allowed.

According to the Independent, it is estimated that banks have only issued income exemptions to 11% of first time …

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RTE Primetime featurs Irish Mortgage Brokers

We were asked to take part in an interview on Primetime about house prices and whether or not they were starting to show signs of falling. Our view is that they will fall in time (probably in a damaging way) but that it won’t be soon because supply is still above demand and price indicators like rents are still rising. This is damaging for first time buyers and those stuck paying high rents.

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