As a potential buyer I find the whole thing rather depressing.
Then again I could buy next year pay the mortgage off for a few months and then stop paying it, safe in the knowledge that I won’t be chucked out on the street in a hurry. I’ll save quite a bit living rent free I’d say. Then I’ll sell for a profit in 7 years time and pay no tax. Perfect. Might even rent out a room or two while I’m at it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there were people seriously considering doing this kind of thing without any cop-on about the potential consequences for their future creditworthiness. When it comes to property, I think Irish people today are just as blinkered as they were during the boom years.
Last week I spoke to a guy who missed one mortgage payment three years ago when he was made redundant. He now earns a six-figure sum, more than he ever made before, but told me that single slip has had catastrophic consequences for his future financial affairs.
True, but I think it could work out in some cases. The Allsop auctions have shown us that the market is between 65%-70% down from the peak. This time next year, the market will probably be another 10% down on that again. Are peak bubble prices relevant, no, not really. However, the fact remains that certain investment properties are now easily yielding 10% and in some cases, quite a bit more. If you ask me, I think it’s a mistake to allow investors to escape CGT when they’re already buying at such prices.
A mistake in what sense? That its ethically wrong? Or that it doesnt make ‘business sense’ from the govt’s point of view.
No matter what way you cut it; in a very depressed market, if you want to induce people to buy you need to offer some fairly major incentives. You mentioned 10% yields. Yes they are 10%. And guess what, thats not enough to get people to buy.
The Irish govt (ie the Irish tax payer) has a massive property exposure. The MoF is trying to manipulate the price of property here (upwards) by trying to bring the ‘investor’ back into the market place.