Help to Buy should not be left to die

The successful first-time buyer scheme must be extended. Otherwise, years of progress will be undone, writes Hubert Fitzpatrick

31st March, 2019

The Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA), Goodbodys and others estimate that 50 per cent of purchases of starter homes in 2018 were enabled by the government’s Help to Buy scheme. It has been a major success in enabling first-time buyers to secure a home, and in assisting builders to build properties suitable for them.

Before the scheme’s introduction, house builders found it difficult to secure finance from banks to build starter homes. Lending institutions knew...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month, €19.99 Monthly thereafter

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Tom Maguire: Tax changes we make now could help business for years

More Business Tom Maguire 11 months ago

The Daily Briefing

The Daily Briefing