Irish Property Bubble

Ex-IRA man's road to ruin likely to be repeated across Ireland

The former home of Thomas McFeely, former IRA hunger striker and property developer, in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin, one of the Irish capital's most affluent areas. Photo: Bloomberg

Few people represent the extremes of Ireland's recent history more than Thomas McFeely.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 4:17am

Two slides to every storey

In case there is still any doubt as to whether Hong Kong property prices are heading down, it can be assuaged by news that property developers have started to pay much higher commissions to agents selling their new properties. In some cases the rate has doubled from 2 per cent to 4 per cent. Hong Kong property developers don't hand out money without reason.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bargains galore for investors

It has a stunning coastline, rugged mountains and green and lush surroundings.

Want more persuading?

The province has a technically advanced labour force, a cosmopolitan lifestyle, an international travel hub and value-for-money investment opportunities.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Don't blame Chinese for the housing boom

There is a long and unfortunate political tradition in Australia of using foreigners as scapegoats for problems, particularly if they are from Asia. This time it is Chinese investors, many from Hong Kong, who are being blamed by politicians for forcing up house prices and making it impossible for Australians to own their own home.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Developer, insider and critic has his say on crackdown

Rarely has a State Council directive been so strongly worded. You could almost hear the banging on the table and the shaking of teacups in the background. The question is: will it make a fundamental change to the country's housing market?

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

HK to face shortfall in flats amid rising prices

Hong Kong's housing market heads into Christmas with plenty to cheer about as prices and deals continue their steady year-long rise. But opinions about what may lie ahead after the festive season is over are mixed.

One veteran analyst warned of a possible rerun of the property bubble and its implosion in 1997, though others are more sanguine about the future.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Property market's key flaws need to be fixed

The mainland's leaders are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to slow the overheating property market, announcing a slew of new rules to implement policies unveiled by Premier Wen Jiabao less than two weeks ago.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

Property prices

Amid rising prices, property developers have asked the government not to intervene in the Hong Kong market. 'Do you agree? If not, should the government be acting to cool the current bubble in the property market? Share your views: write to us.

4 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Growth forecast in secondary centres

The Indian property market is showing signs of maturity, and is looking beyond just the four metropolitan centres - Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta and Madras - for growth.

This conclusion is at the centre of the findings detailed in a report on real estate and property development, prepared by the Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation of Tamil Nadu (Itcot).

15 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Property still on the slide

THE Government's downward revision of Hong Kong's economic growth figures has weakened already weak sentiment in the territory's property markets.

30 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Property sees some stability

OFFICE prices and rents will fall a little further, while residential prices in prime locations have bottomed out, according to Vigers Hong Kong executive director Bruce Walker.

During yesterday's first-quarter review of events in the territory's property market, Mr Walker said: 'We have a little lower to go before we stabilise.

13 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Residential prices set to rebound

THE mass residential property market has over-reacted to the Government's move to set up a task force to examine it, analysts say.

Most expect prices to rebound by the end of the year.

On Thursday, Hong Kong's propety sector was stunned when a consortium of developers paid about $2 billion less than expected for land in the New Territories.

29 May 1994 - 12:00am

More optimism in office sector

OPTIMISM has returned to the office market in Britain after a three-year slump and the City of London is leading a recovery.

The Central London office market is viewed as the barometer of the British property sector and is considered by international estate consultancy Knight Frank Rutley to be well on the road to recovery.

23 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

For a flat, castle, or country estate, try Scotland

SCOTLAND is a land that conjures up cold, wind-swept visions in many people's minds.

The first thoughts are often of remote lochs and castles rather than investment opportunities.

But, in many parts of Scotland, you can actually buy a loch or a castle - or a wide range of other more conventional investment properties.

1 Dec 1993 - 12:00am