Mortgage rates on investment properties are never as competitive as those available to owner-occupiers. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

I have an investment property with an outstanding mortgage of €100,000. The property is worth about €250,000. I am currently paying the mortgage at a (...)

If I had funds that I want to use to help me buy my forever home in three years, I wouldn’t be putting them into an investment property. The window is to short and the outlook too uncertain – even before you consider the hassle factor. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

I recently bought my first home in Ireland last summer but sadly didn’t qualify for first-time buyers as I’d moved home from the UK only six months be(...)

If my mother gives us the family home as a gift, are we liable to pay any type of tax? Photograph: iStock

My mother is a widow. She has offered us the family home to renovate. I have a young family and would love to move out of the city. My husband and I(...)

The rules on capital gains exempt a principal private residence – i.e. your main home – from consideration. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

I purchased an apartment in 2016 and lived in it as my principal private residence for one year. During that year it increased in value by about €50,0(...)

Unless you are paying rent to your uncle at the market rate when you move into this home, Revenue will consider that you are in receipt of a gift. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

My uncle is alive and well and had been renting a home he owns but has never lived in to tenants for a number of years. The tenants have moved out and(...)

‘Do I qualify as a first-time buyer?’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

I’m 34 years old running my own business. When I was 20 my father and uncle purchased an investment property. I had received a claim at the time and p(...)

File photo.  Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

My husband and I are selling our house (we haven’t lived there for 10 years, it is rented out) and we are set to make a capital loss of approximately (...)

It’s worth considering how investors typically hold property in Ireland, and how these various structures are taxed. Photograph: Getty

The UN special rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha, sent a letter to the Government earlier this year questioning its decision to allow unregulated g(...)

Misunderstandings and disputes over assets, gifts, inheritances and perceived preferential treatment have the capacity to tear families asunder.

My parents have recently agreed to purchase a nearby house as an investment property. The sale has not closed yet (a 10 per cent deposit has been paid(...)

The complexity of family arrangements never loses the capacity to surprise. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

My mother-in-law has advised she is going to bequeath one of her houses, not the main family home, to my wife. My wife now wishes to move into that h(...)

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