Skip to content

Housing Commission Recommends ‘Reference Rent’ Reform

The long-awaited, and much speculated-upon, report of the Housing Commission, which was leaked in part earlier this week, was finally published in full yesterday (link below).  This report is a major examination of Irish housing policy, and it says quite a lot in its 255 pages, but does it really tell us anything? Actually, it…

Read More

Can innovative financing mitigate housing market volatility, while ensuring project viability?

As home builders across Ireland continue to navigate changing government policies and inflating construction costs, our role as a non-bank lender is becoming ever more innovative and flexible, as the Lotus team works with project owners to design solutions that work in the current environment.  Earlier this week MyHome.ie issued a report highlighting “significant dissatisfaction”…

Read More

It’s not all about urban planning, strategic land management must be prioritised

Earlier this week, the Irish Times published a thought-provoking article by Philip Lawton, assistant professor of geography at TCD, and Niamh Moore-Cherry, associate professor, UCD school of geography, titled ‘The call to relocate Dublin Port is based on faulty thinking’. Frankly, there are two very distinct schools of thought about this particular site/area within the…

Read More

The Viability of Converting Offices into Residential Spaces

Ireland’s commercial property market has experienced significant shifts in recent years, with the value of 1970s-era offices declining. Also, investment activity in the Irish property market has reached a new low, with higher interest rates by the European Central Bank dampening transaction activity. Against this backdrop, there is a growing trend of Irish developers converting…

Read More

Where are the opportunities for homebuilders amid record construction growth in Ireland?

As Ireland witnesses a record surge in home construction, the most recent ‘Housing for All’ quarterly update points to a significant opportunity for homebuilders across the country.  Our new Taoiseach Simon Harris and Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, during the latest briefing at Government Buildings, outlined several measures that have been catalysts in boosting homebuilding activities…

Read More

Surge in Irish Housebuilding

The Business Post ran an interesting analysis this week of home building across the country and the data reveals a notable surge in housebuilding activities. This surge has been attributed to developers trying to get in under the wire of the development levies waiver. This exemption, designed to ease some financial pressures associated with the…

Read More

Is house building in Ireland too tied up in bureaucracy?

The Irish Independent this week reported on a house-building company that has gone into receivership, carrying commentary from the director who said he no longer plans to develop new homes as the system has become too tied up in bureaucracy. This case reported this week is particularly relevant and it is important for a number of…

Read More

Property Market Q2: On Track for a Challenging yet Opportunistic Quarter 

It has been another few weeks of mixed market commentary, kicking off with a welcome vote of confidence from international investors, as highlighted by Cushman & Wakefield’s global survey. Ireland continues to rank highly as a preferred location for investment within the EMEA region, driven by its positive demographic backdrop and robust economic growth outlook.…

Read More