BANK OF IRELAND TO SELL 1,500
HOUSES OVER NEXT FEW MONTHS
Updated: 21st July 2014
The Bank of Ireland recently declared that, within the next few months, it will be selling 1,500 houses. One in 6 of these houses is a repossesssed home, accrued over the last year. Also included are voluntary sales of homes by borrowers in deep arrears, sales of buy-to-let properties in the hands of receivers and houses being completed in stalled development schemes.
Obviously property supply, in the Dublin area especially,
needs to be increased to meet demand.
According to a recent Daft report, 6,000 Dublin homes
were put on the market in the first half of 2014,
so AIB's proposal to sell 1,500 houses is a significant
In July 2014, the Government declared it's commitment to
building 25,000 units yearly over the next six years
and the National Asset Management Agency will play a
significant role in construction projects. NAMA announced
earlier in July it's willingness to fund up to half of
the country's housing needs over the next five years.
NAMA claims it has access to sites which can deliver
22,000 new houses and apartments over the next five
years and it has committed to funding delivery of
4,500 by 2016.
An ESRI report published last week states that the Irish
housing market requires 90,000 new homes by the end
of 2021, and it recommends that 86 percent of them
should be located in those towns serving as the Dublin
The survey concludes that while the boom left us with
a large oversupply in rural sections of Ireland,
far more new houses are needed in the eastern counties,
especially the Dublin area.
The ESRI report recommends the yearly construction of 12,500 houses and apartments until 2021 to make up the shortfall and to mitigate the chances of another, more Dublin centered, property bubble due to house shortages in that region.
The report, in it's assessment of housing needs, allows for those houses currently left vacant and suggests more houses be built in counties Louth, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Galway, Cork and Westmeath.
During 2013, 8,300 new homes were constructed in Ireland, but only 1,360 units were completed in the capital. Currently, there are 230,000 vacant housing units across Ireland.
These arguments made for increased construction activity mirror the increase in levels of mortgage approvals, which have now reached their highest level in three years.
Based on recent articles in the Irish Independent newspaper
AVERAGE 3 BEDROOM HOUSE VALUES | COUNTY BY COUNTY | MID 2014
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