Rent or buy? While the rental market is strong now, it is a big time investment to maintain a rental property.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Q We are hoping to buy a new home – we need more space as we now have a family. We currently live in a two-bedroom house in Crumlin on a very competi(...)

Clerys: Quadrant part-funded the €29 million purchase of the department store in Dublin last summer by Irish investment group D2 Private. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

US investment firm Quadrant Real Estate Advisors is planning to raise as much as €500 million for a Dublin-based fund aimed at financing Irish and UK (...)

Parking spaces and maintenance of common area can be contentious when deciding who should pay for what in managed estates

Q I bought a house 10 years ago and on the day we signed for our keys we were told we needed to sign up to an estate management fee of approximately €(...)

Montevetro in docklands: occupied by Google.

Dublin’s tallest planned office block, the 73m Exo at Point Village, recently got the green light from Dublin City Council – even though a building of(...)

When a lease is for land only, no right of renewal will arise, since it does not fall under the definition of a “tenement” as set out in landlord and tenant legislation. Photograph: Getty Images/Creatas RF

Q I wonder could you give me some guidance about the problem that I have in my front hall. The house is over 100 years old and was totally rebuilt in(...)

Building extension: no waterproof membrane was laid and the damp is now risin. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I hired a builder to build an extension for me, however he didn’t lay a waterproof membrane on the floor and the breeze blocks he used were quite t(...)

The practice of setting advised minimum value too low in expectation of higher bids shouldn’t be happening again. Photograph: David Muscroft/Getty Images

Q I have noticed that an estate agency firm has numerous properties for sale by auction with extremely low advised minimum values. For example, there(...)

When purchasing a house, no binding contract is in place until the contract is signed by both purchaser and vendor, full deposit paid and contracts exchanged. Photograph: Chris Ison/ PA wire

Q We found a house and went sale agreed on December 1st, 2015. We were assured by the seller’s agent that the paperwork was in order. After we had pai(...)

Developers require financing up front if they are to embark on projects, affordable finance. Photograph: Bloomberg

The new government must adopt a new approach, new ideas and new structures if the housing crisis is to be addressed. Multifaceted and complex problem(...)

Damp stains: The first action is to ensure that the leak is repaired. This can be determined by asking a professional to take a number of moisture readings in the stain-affected area. Photograph: Thinkstock

I have a problem with damp stains reappearing on my bathroom wall and ceiling. Some time ago I had water damage to my bathroom due to an issue with m(...)