Sunday Property Round-Up, November 10th 2019


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











  • Fannie Mae Accidentally Spills the Beans on the Impending Housing Market Crash































  • ‪Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon are putting billions of dollars toward affordable housing — but that money may be too little, too late #housing #affordablehousing‬




If you missed last week’s round-up, 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!)






Property Matters: Ireland’s First Weekly Property Radio Show (& Podcast!):

Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched In January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast ( Seasoned political broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.


In the Property Matters studio this week:


PJ Appleton, Global Head of Communications with  Equiem to talk about the challenges of marketing a technology product to a traditional industry like commercial property and what areas of the proptech space will likely see the most growth over the next few years.



Also, Eddie O’Driscoll of Auctioneera to talk about the residential marketplace in Dublin and Cork, and how the hybrid agency has now more than 100 properties/€30million+ sold (saving vendors close to half a million euro in fees)


Listen back to this episode here:–November-5th-2019-e8sa0u



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  • ‪Investors in €350m #Waterford project concerned over housing – The Saudi group fears there will not be enough homes in the region for its expanding workforce, and has also complained about too many ‘men around the table’ |‬




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  • The lead industry story in the Sunday Independent (by Sean Pollock) reads that: CIE seeks advisors for 18-acre Heuston Station site sell-off. This is according to documents on the e-Tenders website. The land has the potential to deliver more than 150,000 square metres of residential/commercial property. Agencies have until December 2nd to submit proposals.













  • The lead business story in The Sunday Time last reports that:Starwood Capital, an American property investment group, has scrapped the planned sale of a portfolio of Dublin offices for up to €550m. The group pulled the sale of the so-called Cedar portfolio after a final round of bidding that is understood to have involved Germany’s Union Investment, Blackstone Real Estate and Westridge Real Estate, headed by Irish developer Shane Whelan. Starwood put the portfolio on the market in June, reportedly after receiving an unsolicited approach for the assets from the Irish property investor Iput. The sale was being handled by CBRE.



  • Henderson Park, a UK property group that last week got clearance to buy Green Reit for €1.34bn, could sell off the Green assets within five years, according to a funder of the deal. Blackstone Mortgage Trust, part of the Blackstone private equity group, is lending €1.2bn to Henderson Park to part-fund the Green takeover. In a conference call with analysts last week, Steve Plavin, president and chief executive of Blackstone Mortgage Trust, said Henderson Park was an “opportunistic” property fund with a “finite” life. Plavin said Henderson Park was likely to sell some of the properties into the “very, very strong Dublin market”.



  • Billionaire businessman Larry Goodman is doubling down on plans to reshape Nassau Street in Dublin, with a proposal to demolish the Kildare Street Hotel and replace it with a five-storey office building. The hotel is on the same block as the Setanta Centre, where Goodman already has approval to develop a €100m, eight-storey office property. The Setanta Centre plan is being opposed, however, by the Kilkenny retail group, which has a flagship store in the centre.





  • The owners of the Omni Park shopping centre in Santry in north Dublin are advancing plans to build hundreds of apartments and an aparthotel on an adjoining site.

    The Omni Park Shopping Centre Consortium is in consultation with An Bord Pleanala about the project, which would involve demolishing a vacant warehouse to make way for the scheme. It is proposing to build 324 apartments, an 81-bedroom hotel and creche.



  • Businesses who are paying ground rents to landlords due to Ireland’s colonial past could be given the right to buy them out before Christmas |









  • US data giant Segment hopes to create 150 new jobs in Dublin |



  • Also in the SBP today, latest Hibernia Reit earnings figures are due to be published on Tuesday and Dan O’Brien of Lidan Designs talks about delivering modular buildings from €1,420psm in less than a month.



  • In the property supplement of The Sunday Business Post, Eithne Dodd  has an excellent feature on BER and the many obstacles to meeting government 2030 energy rating targets and Pat Davitt writes about ‘Why private landlords are upping sticks, despite record rents: A combination of rising taxes, draconian legislation and unruly tenants are forcing landlords out of the market’.  

















  • Dublin City councillors voted to extend an increase in development levies of 6.6% to residential as well as commercial and industrial construction from January 2020.

    “Assistant chief executive Richard Shakespeare said the increase would mean an extra development contribution of up to €600 for an average two-bedroom house.”





































































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  • European Fintech Investment Surpassed Asia | In proptech, it is Pilabs (17), Seedcamp (10) and GFC (8) that are the most active seed stage investors. For Series A and Series B, it is Atomico (4), Idinvest Partners (4) and Finch Capital (4), while top late-stage proptech investors are Augmentum, Draper Esprit, Goldman Sachs, Israel Growth Partners and Northzone, all recording one proptech investment.

































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