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Cost of construction major impediment to solving housing crisis - CIF

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

A group of policy-makers has heard that the housing crisis will not be resolved until there is a reduction in the cost of Government levies and taxation, estimated to be 36 per cent of the value of a new home at a forum hosted by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).

Speaking at the forum, Hubert Fitzpatrick, director of CIF, said: “Due to the cost of construction, many Irish homebuilders are finding that residential development is not viable. In many parts of the country, the cost of construction is so high relative to asking prices of existing houses they would be building at a loss. As a result, house building activity outside the Greater Dublin area is stalled.

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Suburban gem in leafy Forest Mill

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Property: 28 Forest Mill, Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co Roscommon

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Show home standard in Moate development

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Property: 13 Ard an Locha, Lake Road, Moate, Co Westmeath

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Charming Athlone residence is steeped in history

Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Property: The Moorings, Ballymahon Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath

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Country living on west side of Athlone

Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Property: Clongowna, Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co Roscommon

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Irish Planning Institute annual conference at Sheraton Hotel

Thu, Apr 14, 2016

The burning issues of housing supply and planning, sustainable retail and town centre development, and the regulation of planning, are among the topics set to be discussed at the Irish Planning Institute’s forthcoming annual conference.

The two-day conference takes place in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15. It will be officially opened by Deirdre Fallon, president of the Irish Planning Institute.

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Almost one-third of people want Government to prioritise building new houses

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

With rents in the country approaching boom-time levels and mortgage lending falling, 32 per cent of people think the next Government should build more houses itself as a first step towards solving the housing problem in Ireland.

This is according to research from Royal London, who recently commissioned a nationwide survey of 1,000 people to see how they think the housing crisis can be tackled. The survey also revealed that 28 per cent of people think the Government should apply strict rent controls and 21 per cent think the red tape around building new homes should be cut.

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Impressive suburban property with panoramic views

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Property: Birch Hollow, Ballykeeran, Athlone

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Spacious property in a central location

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

15 Montree, Athlone

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Price of average three-bed semi-detached home in Westmeath reaches €135k

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

The price of the average three-bed semi-detached house in Westmeath has increased by 3.85 per cent to €135,000 in the last three months, a nationwide property survey has found.

The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of the first quarter this week.

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Extra space in pristine family home

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Property: 12 Cushla Lawns, Monksland, Athlone

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IPAV sets out how Government could slash 32K off price of new home

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The Institute of Professional Auctioneer and Valuers (IPAV) claim the incoming Government could slash the cost of a new home by €32,000 by making building finance available to small and large builders at interest rates of between 1 per cent to 3 per cent.

The IPAV made the statement in a document sent to all political parties entitled ‘Tackling the Housing Crisis’. The organisation says finance currently available at rates of 15 per cent to 20 per cent is prohibitive to construction and all such costs are passed on to the house buyer.

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