CSO figures show planning permissions for housing units rose by nearly 21 per cent to 11,148 in the first three quarters of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number planning permissions granted for apartment units has unexpectedly fallen, despite several Government initiatives to promote higher-density(...)

'It has got to a stage now where I will have to refer the matters to a solicitor and go the legal route.' Illustration: iStockPhoto

I am an owner-occupier of a property in a development of 100 units in the Dublin area. I pay a hefty annual service charge fee to the management compa(...)

The number of homes available to buy remains critically low, and this continues to exert upward price pressure in particular at the lower end of the market, where first-time buyers are desperate to move on from paying  rent.

A year further along in our so-called “economic recovery” and the property market remains dysfunctional. It’s an indictment of measures taken – or not(...)

'The pity is that most of the dockland buildings will be offices rather than apartments.'

KEITH LOWE Chief executive, DNG Property prices in the capital have risen 11 per cent in the past 12 months, and while a number of comment(...)

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland lobbied Paschal Donohoe to eliminate VAT entirely on residential construction for affordable units below €300,000. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Finance is concerned moves to reduce VAT on residential construction could lead to fraud and tax avoidance among property developers(...)

House prices will continue to increase over the next three years, a Central Bank survey suggests. Photograph: iStock

The growth of house prices in Ireland will slow down in 2018, a survey from the Central Bank of Ireland has suggested. The third quarter residential(...)

A ‘last minute hitch’ can sometimes turn into a fundamental problem leading to significantly longer delays

I just bought a house, and I’m trying with great difficulty to co-ordinate my move from rented accommodation, to my new home. Once the closing date wa(...)

When we arrive home in the evenings we can hear our neighbour’s television and, in some cases, their conversations. Photograph: iStock

We recently moved into a second hand, semi-detached house. We are newly married and work quite long hours. In the evenings, when we arrive home we can(...)

The latest MyHome.ie property report shows the housing market should record double-digit price growth for 2017 and into 2018 based on healthy demand generated by Ireland’s fast-growing economy. Photograph: iStock

The head of a major US multinational which employs more than 2,000 people in Dublin told me a year ago that the cost and scarcity of renting an apartm(...)

Quantity surveyors play a critical role in cost- and programme-management right the way through the project until the point when the building is ready for handover to the client. Photograph: iStock

Think of any point in the lifespan of a building and a chartered surveyor is likely to be involved in some way. Indeed, they are involved long before (...)

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