Archive for the ‘Property’ Category

Council Defends its HAP Handling

Eoghan Dalton Reports Waterford City & County Council has defended itself against claims it’s been cutting off payments to landlords involved in the Housing Assistance Payment scheme. A number of landlords using the scheme in recent weeks found the Council’s payment withheld after the tenants had stopped paying their contribution to the Council. Under the taxpayer-backed programme, also [...]

Prominent City Site Sold

Eoghan Dalton Reports A long-empty site in the City has been sold and plans are nearing completion for it to be transformed for retail use. The land was the location of an Esso service station and is at the junction of the Tramore and Cork Roads, across from the Holy Ghost. It’s understood it is being [...]

City House Price Increase almost Doubles County Rate

The price of the average three-bed semi detached house in Waterford city has risen by 2.6 per cent (to €200,000) between March and June of this year, almost double the rate recorded in the county over the same timeframe. That’s one of the more standout findings of the latest national survey conducted by Real Estate [...]

Southern Ambition

Councillors Call for South quay Rebirth Eoghan Dalton Reports The local authority has been called on to match its ambitions for the North Quays with a green space on the South Quays, transforming the car parks into a unique attraction. Cllr Jason Murphy (FF) believes the “green lung” would be an ideal way to link the old and [...]

Boutique City Centre Hotels Mooted by Cllr

Cllr Mary Roche.
Eoghan Dalton Reports The local authority has been urged to take a leaf out of New Ross’s book and convert disused hostels into boutique hotels. However, Waterford City & County Council executives believe that the conversion process could cost millions – with little sign of profit at the end of it. The matter was raised by Cllr Mary [...]

How to Make the Most of Limited Space

If your house is starting to seem uncomfortably small, there are ways of making it look bigger and feel better. High property prices are forcing many first-time buyers to consider staying in their cramped studio flat rather than looking to move up the property ladder to something larger. But interior design experts say there are many ways [...]

Council Must Double its Housing Output

A major escalation in current building rates in Waterford generated considerable debate at last Thursday's City & County Council meeting in Dungarvan.
Eoghan Dalton Reports The Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council believes Waterford city must will have to more than double its current housing output if it hopes to match ambitions for growth set out in the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Michael Walsh told Councillors at last week’s Plenary meeting in Dungarvan that the Metropolitan area [...]

“Building delivery will increase” says City & County council boss

Minister Eoghan Murphy and City & County Mayor Pat Nugent planting a tree to mark the official opening of the newly refurbished housing scheme for the elderly at Convent Hill in Tramore. Inset: City & County Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh. 											| Main Photo: John Power
There is no ’specific building target’ nationally in terms of social housing delivery this year: that was the sentiment shared by Waterford City & County Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh last week. Speaking on RTE Radio One’s ‘Morning Ireland’, Mr Walsh, who chairs the Housing and Building Subcommittee of the City and County Managers’ Association, said [...]

Minister outlines mortgage plan but more supply needed

We listened with interest to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s offer for a new initiative on housing. The 1000 mortgages offer at long term fixed rates of over 2 per cent for year one is very attractive and should suit many in the provinces, where incomes are not too high and property prices reasonable. For [...]

Local Housing Market Analysis

Michael Griffin; Michael Griffin Auctioneers Property bubble. Soaring prices. Crisis! Crisis! Crisis! Flashy click bait headlines feature daily as our national obsession with property takes off yet again. Now I’m not for a minute understating the severity of the situation in the private rental sector and the homelessness issue in the capital and other parts of the [...]