Keith Lowe

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“What’s actually happened is that people have had to stay out of the home ownership market due to difficulties in getting a mortgage, meaning pressure on the rental market has intensified.” File photograph: Getty Images

They’ve been singled out as playing havoc with the Central Bank’s efforts to put some manners on the housing market. Earlier this month, governor Phi(...)

Construction workers lay bricks on the Cairn Homes  Marianella residential construction site in Dublin. Speculation is mounting that the new Housing Minister is set to scrap the Help to Buy scheme, which offers an incentive to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Speculation is mounting that the new Minister for Housing is set to scrap the Help to Buy scheme, which offers an incentive to help first time buyers (...)

A large crowd queues outside  an apartment block on Northumberland Road ahead of a viewing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pat (66) has been a residential landlord all his life, but he’d prefer if his full name wasn’t published by The Irish Times. “Do you know the opprobri(...)

The Workplace Relations’ Commission  ordered an estate agent to pay the equivalent of two months’ rent to a  woman after telling her that the landlord was looking for a couple for the property. Photograph: Alan Betson

Landlords are often “blissfully unaware” of anti-discrimination legislation when it comes to renting property, it has been claimed. A letting agent (...)

Supply-side plans: Construction costs such as levies and tax take  need to be addressed if major apartment schemes are to become viable in 2017. Illustration: Getty

Marian Finnegan, Chief economist, Sherry FitzGerald New dwelling sales encouragingly increased during the second quarter, totalling about 2,400 i(...)

Compounding the severe shortages in social housing is the lack of meaningful recovery in new homes construction

The Government’s new plan for housing and homelessness, entitled Rebuilding Ireland, is an impressive and ambitious document. It is obvious the Govern(...)

In Dublin the northside accounts for most of the sales growth where transactions grew by 19 per cent last year, mostly accounted for by new homes. Photograph: IStock

1. House sales are down Despite a perceived “pick-up” in the market and increased activity, actual house sales are down by about 10 per cent, and th(...)

Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18. Ires Reit: average monthly rent is €1,479.

They’re slowly changing the landscape of the Irish rental market, promising professional service levels, offering screening rooms, gyms and kitchens (...)

For sale: but are all buyers welcome?

Cash sales are a familiar part of the landscape when it comes to second-hand goods. But houses? It caught The Block’s eye recently when a number of pr(...)

In March, the first full month since the Central Bank rules were introduced, just 35.1 per cent of transactions in the capital were at or below €220,000. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The number of properties being sold in Dublin under the Central Bank’s €220,000 threshold has fallen from two in five a year ago to just fewer than on(...)

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