Category Archives: Property

What about small time landlords?

With less than 1 per cent of tenancies resulting in formal complaints, why are landlords seen as the ‘bad guys’? When it comes to landlords, the most common assumption is that if he/she is a small-time landlord, he/she will not do a good job of managing a property. The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) doesn’t provide […]

A flat line that bodes well for property

(this article is taken from Karl Deeter’s original article in the Sunday Business Post 4th September 2016) Property prices are on an upward spiral, and no one, including the government, can stop them An explanation is not an endorsement, so the cries of ‘unfair’ when I try to explain that there is a very high […]

The high rents that Jack built

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post on the 24th of January. Jacking up rents quickly is a process that can’t occur now since new legislation was pushed through last December. But the question is: who jacks up rents and why? Empirically, the market is full of amateur landlords, but are they the […]

Building control regulations not fit for purpose

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post on  November 8, 2015 Regulatory neglect at Longboat Quay has shown that the kind of disaster that befell Priory Hall can occur again. We need to undertake a costed assessment of the cost of Building Control (Amendment) Regulations SI.9 introduced in March 2014. Thus far, it […]

Taking on vested interests in property

(this article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post on the 20th of September 2015) Want to hear vested interests squeal and throw tantrums? Easy, just threaten their secured position. This is what Paudie Coffey, Alan Kelly and the Department of Environment have done with their revision of the Building Control Amendment Regulations part 2 […]

Minister of finance intervention on interest rates

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post on the 7th of July 2015 It seems to be a fait accompli that the banks will drop mortgage rates because the Minister of Finance told them to do so. Thus far talk of any pitfalls are being avoided in the belief that subsidising a certain […]

Tonight with Vincent Browne: Budget night 2015

This is Karl Deeter’s contribution to the Vincent Browne show on TV3 the night of Budget 2015.

Buy in haste and repent at leisure…

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post’s new property supplement on the 5th of October 2014. A vibrant economy must house all people, not just those who aspire to holding a deed in their hand. In late 2013, I was tasked with bidding on a few derelict properties; one had an enforcement order […]

Boom or bubble? What is happening in Irish property?

There is a lot of talk that we have a ‘property bubble forming’, with virtually no supply, a growing population and a trend towards smaller households as things like separation and divorce become more common, it simply lacks ‘bubble’ qualifications. But it does have ‘boom’ written all over it, we have had many such booms […]

Hammer time! How to buy at an auction

Property auctions are growing in popularity in Ireland, driven primarily by companies like Allsop’s who have revolutionised the Irish auction market. We always had auctions but there were never guaranteed clearing prices and there was still issues like high asking prices which if not met meant the property didn’t sell. The whole area of private […]