Posts by Laura

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

It has been another week of mixed messaging about the likely impact of the recent lockdown on the wider economy. This morning, the Irish Times ran an article headed:  ‘Irish consumers’ rally fuels hopes economic shock will be less than feared’, which is tentatively positive. This headline is based on findings from the most recent KBC…

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Are we ready to see the big picture?

All things are relative. Despite surprisingly upbeat commentary over the past three weeks, this week revealed that while Covid-19 has had little impact on house prices to date, the volume of sales is down by 29 percent to 35 percent, depending upon the region in question. In the Irish Times this week, one particular headline…

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Non-Traditional Retail Opportunities for Traditional Investors

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” This is probably one of the most overused – and misinterpreted – quotes from the revered Warren Buffett. It has become something of a cliche, but one that has served bold property investors in Ireland well over the past turbulent decade. We have…

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Stimulating the Secondhand Home Market

Earlier this week, the Irish Times reported on a letter sent from the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV) chief executive, Pat Davitt, to Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe. In this letter, the IPAV chief calls for a revision of the current help-to-buy scheme so that first-time buyers of second-hand homes can avail of…

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Little difference between obstacle and opportunity

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”-Victor Kiam A decade is not a long time in the context of the property market. Historically, this equated to one cycle of increasing demand and decreasing supply, right through to peak…

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Construction Margins: The Big Picture

Construction Margins: The Big Picture In times of crisis, focus is inevitably on survival. This is as true for businesses as it is for people. And survival is an important motivator, but its immediacy doesn’t always make for smart decision-making. Over the past two months, the industry focus has been on survival (in a way…

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Covid-19: Industry Next Steps

While this is unlikely to surprise anyone, a report published by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection this week shows that the construction industry is amongst the hardest hit since the start of this pandemic. As of last week, 80% of Ireland’s construction workers are now receiving state support. This has contributed hugely…

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Positive Outlook for Ireland’s PRS

Earlier this month, the CEO of one of Ireland’s newest eits, Yew Grove Reit, detailed publicly why he believed the organisation was “insulated” from Covid-19. It might have seemed somewhat appeasing for shareholders, however, as the business funds are primarily invested in offices and industrial holding, with government and blue chip tenants, this assertion might…

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