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This week's vital property news: Big-ticket bidders and disaster for renters

Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.

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IT HAS BEEN a big week in property news – with the release of the Daft Rental Report and the Allsop Space auction taking place at the RDS.

New figures on renting around the country showed further increases in prices – as well as news that mortgage repayments are now cheaper than rent in most parts of the country.

There was some suggestion that the way to tackle this problem is denser building projects in the major cities.

The Big Movers

Housing competition 

New information from estate agent Savills has predicted that the Central Bank’s new mortgage rules will lead to landlords and investors buying up properties – making it more difficult for those trying to get onto the property ladder.

The estate agent put this down to a number of small-scale investors trying to get into the market and aiming for the same properties as home buyers.

Speaking about this, Savills’s John McCartney, said:

In time this will attract investors who will compete with everybody else to buy properties. Therefore the new measures will do nothing to soften house price growth by curtailing demand.

Allsops Space auction 

This week the Allsop Space property auction took place in the RDS. In total 183 properties were sold for a total value of €45.7 million.

The auction saw a number of big-ticket purchases. A plot of 1.5 acres of land in Delgany went for €1.2 million. This came with planning permission for 4 x four-bedroom developments.

The auctioneer noted that the event had featured a number of new bidders and that there were “fewer familiar faces in the room”. It was also noted that the Central Bank’s lending rules did not prevent prices from breaking the €220,000 barrier.

The auction also saw the Shandon Hotel in Donegal sell for €810,000.

shandon hotel The Shandon Hotel in Co Donegal Allsop Space Allsop Space

The Daft Rental Report

This week the new figures for renters around Ireland brought more bad news. The Daft Rental Report showed an increase of 9.7% in the last quarter of 2014 when compared with the same period a year previous.

This put the average price of a rental property at €950.

In Dublin the average rent was found to be €1,350 – a hike of 11.5% compared to a year previous. The only silver lining was that this showed a slowing in growth for rental prices.

The figures for the second quarter of 2014 had shown a 16.5% growth compared to the same period in 2013.

It was also notable that there was better value to be had in most of the country for those paying mortgages over those paying rents.

mortgage rent comparison Mortgage rent comparison Daft Daft

Under Construction

ronan lyons

  • The government this week announced that it may tax vacant properties in a bid to combat the housing squeeze. The Finance Department also said that it was looking at ‘Land Barons’ delaying sales in order to wait for house prices to rise.  
  • Around 45,000 householders have had the Household Charge taken from their pensions or wages.
  • The Money Advice and Budgeting Service has revealed it has helped 300,000 people who are in debt. Around 50% of the State-run bodies clients have a mortgage. 
  • In his interview with, Ronan Lyons also explained that rents were close to being back to their 2007 peaks. This is down to chronic under supply, according to Lyons. 

Des Res

Interested in how the other half live? This week Business Insider took a look at the 13 most expensive mansions available to rent in the Hamptons, New York. The area is a renowned playground for America’s wealthy.

Here is a selection of a few of the properties on the list.

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  • A family-friendly 13,000-square-foot estate in Southampton is renting for $750,000

    On 3.4 acres of well-manicured land, this 10-bedroom mansion has 8 full baths and 2 partial baths. The grounds are incredible with a covered entry, a 50-foot pool, spa, cabana, tennis court, and deluxe swing set for kids. Inside the home is gorgeous too. It has a library, huge kitchen, gym, wine cellar, and even an elevator.
  • An eight-bedroom home in Southampton with a pool and library is renting for $645,000

    On 2.2 acres of well-manicured lawns sits this eight-bedroom mansion with six fireplaces, a butler's pantry, library, tennis court, and heated pool. It has 9,000 square feet of space and was built in 2010 with the latest appliances and electronics.
  • This seven-bedroom modern mansion in Southampton is renting for $600,000

    On four acres and over 200 feet of ocean front access, this seven bedroom, 6,500-square-foot home is the height of luxury. It has a pool, spa, tennis court, and a grease modern interior with light wood floors and high beamed ceilings.
  • This five-bedroom home in Southampton is renting for $595,000

    Tucked away in Water Mill South, this mansion sits right on one acre of Flying Point Beach with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. It has stone fireplaces, a pool with hot tub, dock, and over 5,500 square feet of interior space.
  • A 10-bedroom mansion in Water Mill is renting for $600,000

    With 10 bedrooms and 12.5 baths, this home sits on a whopping 10 acres of property on Mill Pond. It’s extremely spacious and has covered porches, a guest house, heated pool, and even a tennis court.Source: Business Insider


This week a High Court challenge was mounted against the proposed building of a garden bridge across the River Thames in London.

Residents in the local area have been attacking the £175 million project. They have claimed proper consultation did not take place and that the bridge could have a potentially damaging effect on them. 

garden bridge Arup Arup

Read: Land barons could be taxed for vacant property to ease the housing squeeze

Also: Buying or renting? Which should you be doing?

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