David McDonnell: adding BERs to the property price register  ‘would also simplify the case for a green-mortgage discount’. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

In the wake of the green surge at this month’s local and European elections, everyone seems to want in on the climate-change act, from traditional pol(...)

The Property Price Register has undoubtedly given a much-needed quantitative insight into the Irish property market – but it has its flaws. Photograph: Getty Images

It was hailed as revolutionary when introduced in 2012 and has undoubtedly given a much-needed insight into the Irish property market. No longer do r(...)

The proposed new standards for real-estate agents are at an early draft stage, and are due to undergo a period of consultation with representative groups in the industry.

Creating “false or misleading” property bids to drive up house sale prices would be deemed improper conduct under proposed new minimum standards for e(...)

A number of bogus agents operating - mainly online and purporting to have a PRSA licence number

College students seeking accommodation have been warned about bogus letting agents attempting to scam money from prospective tenants. The Property Se(...)

Sherry FitzGerald, for example, says it charges a rate of between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent, but precisely how much depends on a variety of factors.  Photograph: Eric Luke

First-time buyers, trader-uppers, downsizers, getting a mortgage, saving a deposit; so much of our our property market talk is focused on purchasing a(...)

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(...)

The Property Services Regulatory Authority has received hundreds of complaints from house hunters about unlicensed staff, gazumping and fake bids. Photograph: Frank Miller

The State’s new property regulator is to begin a major crackdown on rogue estate agents and auctioneers, according to the Sunday Business Post. The Pr(...)

Q Our apartment complex has recently experienced a series of burglaries. It would appear that the burglars accessed the complex via a gate which is(...)

Recent jumps in prices in some areas only, coupled with uncertainty on the real direction of the market, are feeding fresh worries

If insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results, can it be applied to the Irish property marke(...)

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