Sunday Property Round-Up, November 25th 2018 

This has been one of the busiest property weeks we have experienced since early September. The prevailing rental crisis shows no sign of abating and dominates the coverage below.

One of the more interesting stories this week is about the changes to conveyancing in Ireland from January 1st 2019:

   End of Conveyancing Delays for Property Buyers and Sellers

If you missed last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up, which was packed with industry and proptech news, you can catch up here:

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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!)



Sunday Read


Irish start-up wins contract worth nearly €3m to supply pre-fab homes to Canada:


Other Property News

  • In the Business section of The Sunday Times today, Brian Carey in his Agenda column attributes the high cost of the rural broadband plan to the “proliferation of ribbon development and one-off housing in rural Ireland”. He goes on to confirm that in 2011 and 2012, there were more houses built in rural areas than in urban areas. I have no doubt that his figures stack up but if you remember those days, you will not doubt recall that the number of new homes built anywhere in Ireland were negligible.


  • Regular readers will know that I have covered the €290m bond offering by Dilosk in recent weeks. The Sunday Times today reports that this bond is “backed by risky mortgages”, writing that almost half of the mortgages used to back this are on interest-only terms and 20% of those were granted without any background checks on borrowers’ incomes. This is starting to feel a bit familiar…


  • Philip Connolly reports that developer Michael Cotter, through an associated company, has bought JV partner Sisk out of an ongoing development in Sutton, North Dublin for €7.9m.


  • Niall Brady poses the question: ‘Are the Central Bank’s strict lending rules forcing first-time buyers to put their homeownership on ice?’ This comes months after Q3 2018 saw Ireland’s mortgage market experience its first decline in mortgage demand since 2015. The Central Bank “sources say lenders have themselves to blame for mismanaging exemptions”.


  • A very small but significant piece in the Sunday Independent – carried over into the property supplement – confirms that “the rise and rise of house prices is slowing at last”. The article quotes several property researchers, including Savills’ John McCarthy, and the consensus is that the rate of house price increase is slowing and this is expected to continue into 2019. Unfortunately, rents are also expected to keep increasing, despite new policies and greater investigative and enforcement powers of the


  • Also in the Independent today, Michael Cogley reports that Cairn Homes has requested a preliminary meeting with An Bord Pleanala in relation to a proposed new development of 420 new homes in south-west Dublin.


  • Commercial property editor Ronald Quinlan reports that Marlet Property Group (Pat Crean) is set to pay €56m for Apollo House (or €77m per acre, which is below the €84m per acre record set by Ray Grehan in Ballsbridge back in 2005).


  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Tom Lyons reports that Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan have put their newly-opened Ranelagh hotel, The Devlin, on the market or €20-€22m.


  • In the same paper, Jack Horgan-Jones reports that building regulations “blocked thousands of apartments in Dublin”. He is quoting Eric Jafari, MD of Saco.


  • Also in the SBP, there is an interview on page 8 with a frustrated John O’Connor, chief executive of the Housing Agency who articulates what many have been saying for years, that is “Decision makers do not understand crisis”. This is definitely worth reading.


  • Commercial property focus in the SBP today is on the Galway market.


  • The Shannon Foynes Port Company has appointed Savills to advise on it’s 45.5 hectare docklands regeneration plan.


  • A significant bulk of the industry coverage in the SBP today is paid for i.e. commercial report on the Affordable Housing & Fair Mortgage Bill 2018 together with a ‘New Homes’ special – their irony editor is clearly on holidays this week.









































  • Heart of Europe developer says all Germany Island homes sold:







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