Average House Prices in Ireland

The housing market in Ireland had been booming for several years prior to 2007 – but as with many countries in the world – the bubble burst and average house prices in Ireland dropped back to more realistic levels from 2008 onwards Ireland’s house price growth up to 2007 was one of the highest in […]

Property Tax Ireland

A Property Tax was first introduced in Ireland in 2013. This Local Property Tax  or LPT is payable by residents and non residents who own residential property in Ireland. Properties are still liable for the tax even if they are vacant. There are some exemptions – see here for details of Property Tax Exemptions in […]

Buy to Let Properties

The buy-to-let sector in Ireland grew vastly in all parts of the country during the period 2000 to 2006 . During the first three months of 2008, residential investment mortgages accounted for 13.3 per cent of all mortgages; the figure was 13.7 per cent in 2007. The tax relief available for investors greatly increased the […]

Home Insurance Comparison

A recent comparison of Home Insurance prices in Ireland was carried out in February 2011. The following insurance companies were involved in the survey. RSA , Chartis , Quinn Direct , Aviva , Zurich , Allianz , FBD, AXA, Getcover The survey was carried out on a fairly small sample – so the results can […]

Self Build Ireland

A large proportion of homes built in Ireland are classed as “self build” houses where a person obtains a site or a plot of land, gets plans drawn up for the house and applies for planning permission. Then they employ a builder to construct the house – maybe doing a proportion of the work themselves […]

Mortgage Tax Relief

Many  thousands of mortgage payers in Ireland still get tax relief on mortgage interest payments. It is known as Tax Relief at source or TRS in Ireland. Since January 2013 all new mortgages no longer qualify for Tax Relief. Mortgage interest relief will be gradually phased out – so no one in Ireland will be […]