LendInvest to float

Christian Faes’ property finance platform had planned an IPO for 2019, but postponed the move. It now hopes to raise £40m by listing on the London’s AIM stock exchange.

House prices: Why the risks of a fall are higher than most people think

“The fact that house prices have been rising quickly over the last year makes the market more vulnerable to external shocks to the economy,” says Professor Geoff Meen, as he warns “there are numerous conventional reasons to at least expect some slowdown in the growth of house prices.”

Ireland imposes 10% property investor tax

“The introduction of the higher stamp duty rate of 10% for the bulk purchase of houses is designed to dissuade the practice whereby institutional investors buy up homes that are close to completion, or fully completed, thereby denying first-time buyers the chance of acquiring and owning their own home,” says Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe