Sunday Property Round-Up May 16th, 2021


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



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: 




  • More on this in the Business Post today: State invested in INSTITUTIONAL fund that snapped  up Maynooth homes: “it emerged Home Building Finance Ireland, a state agency set up to make cheap loans available to developers, has spent tens of millions of euro on financing developments being constructed for funds”











  • Govt urged to double social housing units by 2030: The number of social housing units in Ireland needs to double by 2030, according to think-tank Social Justice Ireland.







  • Keelings pushed council for lower-grade housing for its migrant workers




  • Impact of Air Quality on Property Transactions




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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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  • Business Post: Construction Information Services round-up: With the easing of lockdown, developers are gearing up to take a bite out of the tight housing market






















  • Plans for 75 housing units in South Tipperary lodged with Tipperary County Council – Tipp FM









  • Man dies in workplace accident in city:  The man, aged in his 30’s, was fatally injured while working on construction site in the area





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  • ArcDox: What level of “Quality” of information, should construction clients expect from their delivery teams? And what is the “impact” of quality of information on outcomes?





































  • Covid-19 limits on construction continue to affect housing supply: Irish buyers and cash-rich expats continued to buy homes during Q1 of 2021 but, of the 25,000-30,000 houses needed just to catch up, Lisney estimates that just 8,000 will be completed in the greater Dublin area and 17,000 nationwide












  • New Mortgage Option Set To Shake Up The Market For Homebuyers




  • House of the Week: Amazing grace of a grand dame reborn- The gentle modernising of a rambling rectory in Bray has created a residence that’s the stuff of dreams


  • Owen Reilly appoints industry veteran as senior property consultant: Clodagh Murphy has 27 years of experience in the property market





  • IDA issues €2m tender seeking property portfolio managers: Firms have been invited to bid for three separate contracts involving a total of 54 business parks


  • Ian Guider: Rent cost rows could scupper small business rescue scheme: As the grand reopening continues tomorrow, a new bill to help small firms in distress is welcome but some form of arbitration on leases is needed along with it









  • Popular pub on Grand Canal Street on market for €1.3m: Becky Morgan’s is a favoured meeting point for fans going to and from the Aviva Stadium


  • Glasthule petrol station draws strong interest: The retail/commercial unit in the south Dublin suburb is guiding at €900,000



  • The ‘zoom or room’ dilemma meets the flexible office space: Iconic Offices, which runs 16 stylish office suites and co-working spaces in Dublin city centre, has been getting strong interest from people wanting to return to the office



  • DHL latest firm to be wooed by clean, green Blarney Business Park: JCD Group manages the facility, whose sustainable design are making it a key industry and employment hub in Cork



  • Cork city service station and block of industrial units now on market: The property on Lower Pouladuff Road comprises half an acre and is guiding at €1.7m















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