Monthly Archives: November 2016

First-time buyer deposits cut to 10% as Central Bank eases mortgage rules

First-time buyers will only be required to have a deposit of 10 per cent regardless of the value of a property when applying for a mortgage, as a result of a decision by the Central Bank to relax its macroprudential … Continue reading

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Thousands of homeowners to get trackers back at last

Thousands of homeowners who had their tracker mortgages taken off them by their bank are due to get a Christmas present by being restored to the lower rates. Central Bank regulators ordered an industry-wide probe of a suspected 10,000 cases … Continue reading

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East/west divide causing a drift towards Dublin

Living along the Wild Atlantic Way is idyllic but it also carries its daily challenges. The infrastructural deficit between the west and east of the country is significant, taking its toll on our lifestyle. The lack of infrastructure investment is … Continue reading

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A housing crisis while 165,000 houses lie vacant

The Census earlier this year in Ireland revealed that there were almost 260,000 homes vacant around the country. This figure represents almost 15pc of all homes and excludes holiday homes. Indeed, in rural areas, one in five properties is vacant … Continue reading

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