Aidan Regan: How to stop the rot? Don’t treat housing as a financial asset
The cynical use of the Irish housing market to bolster the profits of global corporate empires is what has us in this bind. But we can get out of it if the state plays the same game, with a different aim
There are many fantastic assumptions and myths in the study of economics that often make their way into public policy. One of these is that Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) are a great way to democratise housing finance, and to enable small and hardworking households to invest their savings into property.
Rather than go through all the hassle of buying a property to rent out yourself, you can become a small shareholder in a Reit,...
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Estate agents cannot ask for financial data to secure viewings, watchdog rules
Data Protection Commission says collection of prospective buyers’ personal information is not justified
O’Brien to put Housing Agency in charge of mica redress
The Housing Minister believes the revised €1.5 billion scheme would be too complex for Mayo and Donegal councils to administer
Empty promises: can the government finally get to grips with the problem of vacant homes?
In an upmarket Dublin suburb, a four-bed house bought by an overseas investor has been unoccupied since 2015; in the city centre, hundreds of luxury apartments owned by a US investment fund lie empty. A more radical approach to the problem is needed, experts say
More estate agents sought buyers’ financial data for viewings
DNG, Sherry FitzGerald, Lisney, Nolan Properties and Kelly & Co are among those who have sought detailed information in a practice described as ‘unwarranted and intrusive’