Inside Ireland’s rental crisis: Policy failures, construction costs and the ‘magic number’ when supply meets demand
In an in-depth analysis of Ireland’s rental market, Ronan Lyons charts how many properties must be built to curb spiralling rents. Demographic data also reveals what type of properties must be built, and where they should be be located.
16th Nov, 2021 - 7 min read
The Central Bank is reviewing its mortgage rules. Should they be altered – and how?
It might not be immediately obvious but there is a strong link between the Glasgow climate conference and the Central Bank's mortgage rules. It is time to include energy efficiency and commuting factors into the real cost of a mortgaged property – not to mention their value to wider society.
3rd Nov, 2021 - 8 min read
Land hoarding, the cost of carry and farmers: what the new Zoned Land Tax really means for the property market
Opposition politicians have branded it a joke, but the Zoned Land Tax of 3% is the equivalent of a 60% income tax rate on lands ready for housing. However, it could be damaged by the new tool telling local authorities how many houses they need.
21st Oct, 2021 - 9 min read
Welcome to Leitrim: what we can learn from the county with the most affordable housing in Ireland
Covid-19 has succeeded where generations of Irish politicians failed – it generated an appetite for people to live somewhere other than close to the major cities. So what does mean for future property prices around the country?
7th Oct, 2021 - 5 min read
Housing for All, Hanlon’s razor and the battle between good and evil: Why any policy must hinge on compromise
Under the us-versus-them approach favoured by conspiracy theorists, no policy decision can ever be made. Yet it underpins a lot of the reaction to the Government’s Housing for All plan among those who won’t settle for a step in the right direction – only a full leap into Nirvana.
22nd Sep, 2021 - 9 min read
Ireland has a new tool to tell local authorities how many houses they need. And it will make things much worse
The Housing Need and Demand Assessment tool is a great idea. But its targets should be floors, not ceilings, and reflect the fact that planning permissions don’t instantly convert into homes. A bad situation is about to get worse.
3rd Sep, 2021 - 9 min read
Anti-science and the property market: Why additional rental homes will make housing more affordable
There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful about the housing market, particularly progress on mortgages, social housing and land use. But the rise of anti-science, particularly the idea that extra supply does not improve housing affordability, is a definite reason to be fearful.
25th Aug, 2021 - 8 min read
Infected by Covid: How the pandemic has exported Dublin’s property crisis nationwide
New data shows how Covid has taken a problem that had been concentrated in Ireland’s urban rental markets and exported it to the rest of the country. But it has also changed the sales market too – from where people are buying to what size of property they want.
12th Aug, 2021 - 6 min read
We need to get real about planning objections: Why housing should bring together atheists and Opus Dei
When it comes to housing, there have been far too many people expressing opinions that a proposed new development isn't perfect – and therefore should not take place.