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About 2,000 affordable homes are “on the drawing board” across Dublin city, an official said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s typical househunter is a person or a couple in their early 30s. They are either paying rent while struggling to save for a mortgage deposit,(...)

“It is now clear that the regulations as currently constituted are effectively locking those on average incomes out of the home-ownership market,” IPAV’s chief economist Jim Power said.

The Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules are “effectively locking those on average incomes out of the home-ownership market,” the Institute of Profes(...)

Declining rates of home ownership, particularly among younger age cohorts, combined with higher rent levels have been a defining feature of the State’s property market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Repaying a mortgage on a three-bedroom home is now less expensive than paying rent in nearly every region in the country. IPAV, the Institute of Profe(...)

“Landlords offering properties for rent for the first time are free to charge whatever rent they can achieve on the first rental,” says IPAV’s chief executive, Pat Davitt.

Investment funds are getting around the rules regulating rent increases and are setting rents “that go beyond the maximum” allowable level, the Instit(...)

The national average house price in 2013 was €189,000, rising to €284,000 this year

Property owners will have to revalue their house in November to be assessed for the revised local property tax (LPT) system. With huge rises in house(...)

New homes at Bay Meadows, Hollystown, Dublin 15. The entire estate of 112 houses was bought by Round Hill Capital earlier this month.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to restrict the bulk-buying of homes in housing estates are unlikely to result in significant supply increases for owner-occupiers, p(...)

Rents in the capital increased in the first quarter but remain lower year-on-year. Photograph: i Stock

Average national rents rose 2.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 and are 1.7 per cent higher than they were a year ago, while Dublin rents remain(...)

‘There is no precedent for availability this tight in the post-Celtic Tiger housing market,’ says the report’s author, Ronan Lyons. Photograph: Simon Dawson/ Bloomberg

House prices in Ireland have increased by an average of €20,000 in the past year, according to property website This is roughly twice the ra(...)

 The national standardised average rent stands at €1,352, an increase of €32 in since the start of 2021. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Average rents increased by 1.4 per cent, or €17 a month, in the last quarter, which was the slowest national annual growth rate in almost eight years.(...)

‘New homes construction numbers will surpass 2020 levels and are likely to hit 25,000 units in 2021, with many being bought by long-term investors rather than homeowners.’ File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Marian Finnegan, managing director residential, Sherry FitzGerald 2020 has been a perplexing year in terms of housing. The year began with a notable b(...)

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