Monday, November 30, 2009

State scheme now available to buyers of second-hand homes

From the Irish Independent, Charlie Weston writes that the Home Choice scheme is to be opened to first-time buyers of second-hand homes.
If it works correctly, this should be a boon to qualified would-be buyers, who like many others, have been unable to secure funding for a purchase, due to the crazy restrictions being put on lending by our cash-starved banks. Article underneath:

A State mortgage scheme for those who cannot get a home loan from the banks, and which has been criticised as sub-prime lending by the Government, is to be extended to second-hand homes. Originally, the Home Choice scheme only applied to new homes.

It will still only apply to first-time buyers, but they will no longer have to buy a new home.

Housing Minister Michael Finneran said the scheme was being changed to reflect the fact that most first-time buyers were buying second-hand houses. He insisted the change would have no implications for the Exchequer.

Under the Home Choice Loan scheme, the Government will lend up to 92pc of the value of a home to an individual buying a new house, provided they are a first-time buyer and earn in excess of €40,000 a year.

They must be in permanent employment for at least two years, and be able to prove that they have been unable to secure a sufficient mortgage from a bank or building society.

The loan will be at the commercial variable lending rate and the risk of each loan will be assessed using the same grounds that banks use.

However, there has been a poor take-up of the scheme. The minister said this week that half of all first-time buyers were buying second-hand houses.

Hopefully this might help sellers and buyers in what is a very stagnant market.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Some of Bill Flynn's pictures of flooding in Clonmel

Bill Flynn is a well-known Clonmel photographer.
He sent me a selection of pictures taken...and annotated by him, during the recent flooding.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Flood Pictures 2009-11-20

Nelson St, by the Courthouse.

Sarsfield St, By the Clonmel Arms

Old Bridge, Flood Relief Works

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Old Bridge Flooding, 2009-11-20

For those of you unable to come to Clonmel!

The Old Bridge is under pressure as these two videos show.

Old Bridge from downstream.

From Upstream, the water is too strong to get through the arches.

Old Bridge from upstream.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2009-11-19 Updated Clonmel Flood pictures

Taken around 4pm from Gas House bridge. The Quays totally flooded, sandbags out everywhere.

And downstream, see the railing...if you can!

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Further Flooding, Clonmel 2009-11-19

Constant rain has meant the Suir has burst its banks. These were taken from the Convent Bridge, near the presentation at 1pm today. This looks like it may be a big one. Forecast is bad!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clonmel Quay flooded again.

Clonmel Quay flooded again.
After expenditure of millions so far in the Flood Alleviation scheme, the area that has not yet been walled, the Lower Quay, has flooded again due to the high rainfall.

No reports of flooded premises yet, but with the forecast not looking good, it seems likely that there will be some damage.

Water does not obey traffic signs!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

October Viewing and Offer figures

In a normal year (ie, one where there is availability of finance!) November and December are our quietest months, as the run-up to Christmas, shorter days and poor weather take its toll on the property-viewing public.

This year, October has seen the start of a rapid fall-off in activity, both against last month and last year.

Here they are:

October 2008 Viewings 97 Offers 44

October 2009 Viewings 41 Offers 19

As you can see, activity is less than half of last years.

Lack of mortgage availability is the main force at work.

Web figures for this month are interesting also: Visitors 7,043 Page Views 8,255 : Visitors 2,574 page Views 22,396

So a total of 30,651 virtual viewers, versus 31,939 last month, approx 4% lower.

The web figures, which have been similar all year, show that interest in property remains static.

However, all else has changed.