The Last Word on Today FM features Irish Mortgage Brokers, 3rd January 2017

Matt Cooper had Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers and Ronan Lyons of Trinity & Daft.ie on to discuss the government ‘help to buy’ scheme launch.

The scheme has come under fire prior to the launch and it will likely continue, our view is that the policy implications are of secondary concern to first time buyers who can avail of it. Our advice is that if you can get the grant you should avail of it.

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Making sense of ‘help to buy’

Yesterday Revenue announced the details of the new ‘help to buy’ scheme. It is designed to make buying a home more realistic for first time buyers and to increase the supply of new homes. Whether it’s a good or bad idea is beside the point, what most people want to know is how it works so here’s the breakdown.

It’s a scheme to allow first time buyers buying a new home to get a rebate of up to 5% of the purchase price or contract price (whichever is the lower) from income tax and DIRT tax paid in the past four tax years to a maximum of €20,000. The property must cost less than €500,000 or 600k for retrospective applications, the size of the loan versus the value of the property must also be 70% or more.

So, for every €100,000 of value you must be borrowing at least €70,000 the idea being that very cash rich buyers don’t need this help. It started on the 19th of July 2016 and goes until the 31 Dec 2019.

Now that it’s …

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Newstalk: post budget analysis with Jonathan Healy

We took part in a post budget analysis on Newstalk with Jonathan Healy to discuss housing in particular and the budget in general. It was a tame budget compared to the previous six years and on the new ‘help to buy’ scheme we are not categorically for or against it, although we are against some of the hot-take criticisms because further analysis is required.

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