Sunday Property Round-Up, January 13th, 2019

Good afternoon folks, it’s a lighter than usual read today, with industry news throughout the week and across today’s broadsheets slower than expected.

Similar to last week, The Sunday Times is the newspaper to pick up today if you have an interest in residential property prices across the country – excluding Dublin, which was featured last week.

If you missed last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up, which was full of industry and tech/innovation news, you can catch up here:

As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any relevant property news by emailing

(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!)

Sunday Read

There is space for 15,000 homes within walking distance of Dublin’s O’Connell Street




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Other Property News

  • As mentioned above, The Sunday Times includes the regional property price guide and it makes for interesting reading. 2018 is described as having been “a year of steady progress” across the regions. Obviously, Brexit and the fallout is the big uncertainty for 2019.  Like last week’s Dublin guide, there are many colour pieces from well known-faces, talking about the towns they grew up in. The breakdowns for Cork, Limerick and Galway are in-depth and helpful.
  • Also in The Times today, David Quinn has an opinion piece that is likely to attract criticism (for what it’s worth, I agree with a lot of what he has to say…) ‘Home truths needed in the housing debate: It’s not hard-hearted to point out people may be playing the system’. He refers to the controversial – yet entirely accurate – comments by Conor Skehan  who “invited viewers to check out Focus Ireland’s four-storey office in Dublin city centre and to question whether we got value from a sector which received €152m annually in public and private donations, and which employed 2,500 full-time staff between 25 organisations…that amounts to one in every four people who are homeless“. If you were not shocked by this, you need to go back and read it again.
  • Niall Brady reports that more than 1,000 mortgage holders have now made complaints to the financial services ombudsman in relation to the ongoing track mortgage scandal.
  • The lead business story in the Sunday Independent today, by Michael Cogley, reports that AIB has called on the Government to extend the help-to-buy scheme beyond 2019 and for tax breaks for non-institutional landlords. Ian Guider in The Sunday Business Post also writes about this.
  • Also in the Independent, Ronald Quinlan reports that Johnny Ronan “eyes bid for New York’s Chrysler Building”. This will be an interesting listing to watch.
  • In the SBP today, Capital Group apparently sold close of €12m worth of shares in Carin Homes.
  • Roisin Burke has an interesting piece detailing how the ‘State bankrolls prime city parking spaces worth at least  million’.
  • I AM-Sold, Galway-based, nationwide property auction house has announced that it will run more than 30 online auctions in 2019.
  • Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets’ – Ibec

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Proptech and Construction Innovation

  • The big Proptech story of the week has been the launch of Global proptech database UNISSU. This site aims to be the single resource for all international news, innovations, likely applications and key trends for the sector. If you are working in the planning, construction or property industries, I recommend signing up here for all the latest global proptech news and insights: UNISSU Also, if you own a technology business selling into any of these industries, check the database to ensure your organisation is featured!
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Crowd-sourcing:   New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors  

As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded for 2018 and will now appear as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here.

For the first time, the 2019 edits will be crowd-sourced and will include home-buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:


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