Sunday Property Round-Up August 22nd, 2021



Weekly Irish property market news and insights – for the industry, by the industry  



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Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are the local and international stories that might be of particular interest: 


  • The housing crisis creeps into the countryside: A new report has shown that fewer than 800 properties are available to rent outside Dublin, but an investigation by the Business Post has found many more short-term lets are on offer




  • Political unrest is growing within all Coalition parties over the ongoing delay of the Housing Minister to produce a comprehensive housing policy.














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(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday. Also, I use voice to text dictation so just sound out anything that really doesn’t make sense in a strong rural accent and that should help!)


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  • Warning over threat to remote work from firms pushing for office return: Some companies have signalled their support for remote working, yet others want staff back in the office – prompting concern among some in rural Ireland

















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  • No ‘Kildare Village’- style scheme in Cork, planning regulator warns: Since plans first surfaced for the outlet centre, Cork city and town-based retailers have railed against its inclusion in a draft development plan


  • CA Ventures and Harrison Street have announced the launch of a new Irish Joint Venture and the closing of a transaction that will bring a 623-bed purpose-built student accommodation (“PBSA”) community to Cork, Ireland. The property will be managed by CA’s in-house PBSA management company, Novel Student, upon completion of the project, which is slated for the beginning of the 2023/2024 academic year.
















  • Kingspan Group 1H Boosted by High Demand, Construction-Sector Recovery






  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 Irish technology providers for the built environment – From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based proptech  or MMC business sit?  Pease take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP HERE: *PROPTECH INNOVATORS and STARTUPS * 



  • MIPIM – Check out the latest on Sustainability, Cybersecurity, and BCorps on the Propel by MIPIM blog here: Featuring: Angelica Krystle Donati – CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group; Carol Tallon – CEO at Property District Ireland; Susan Freeman – Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP




  • Proptech Changing the Face of Real Estate: The following areas are seeing extensive adoption in the real estate space: Data analytics (63%), space and use design (57%), health and/or wellness (56%), property management (51%), climate risk and mitigation (43%), project management (43%), construction (39%), leasing/tenant transactions and relations (37%), transaction management (35%), portfolio management (30%) and raising capital (30%).





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  • UK PropTech FSI has been acquired by US firm MRI Software







  • Digital twin models energy profile of every US building




*By the way, how perfect is the following image, shared earlier this week on LinkedIn?! – Image credit to Robert Teed
















  • Government cracks down on Airbnb hosts with raft of new rules: Licences will be required for short-term lets under a Lisbon-style system, while the Residential Tenancies Board will take over the enforcement of the new rules


  • €10m Dublin country house features elegant Georgian design, extensive grounds





































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