Annual SCSI Residential and Commercial Property questionnaire

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We would appreciate your time in completing the Annual SCSI Residential and Commercial Property questionnaire so that the results of which will inform our Review and Outlook Report 2017, due for publication in early January. Please click on one of the regional links below where your main business activity operates to begin the survey.

1. Dublin Region

2. Rest of Leinster  (Excluding Dublin)

3. Munster

4. Connaught/Ulster

The Annual Report is regarded by many in the industry as one of the most authoritative publications on property market trends across all property types.  Another important aspect of our Annual Report is that chartered surveyors are best placed to provide the most accurate information on property performance and also forecasts on the short to medium term outlook.  For example, SCSI predicted a 6% increase[1] in national house prices in 2017 which is broadly in line with recent CSO statistics[2] published year to September indicating a 7% increase.
1. Click here to see the news article.
2. Click here to read the CSO statistics

We ask all members to complete those sections that are within their area of expertise, which will require approximately 15 minutes to complete.  There is a one hour CPD entitlement for all completed surveys and you will also be in with a chance to win an Apple iPad.  Surveys closes 9th December.

 

If you have any queries on the survey, please contact (email policy@scsi.ie or phone 01 6445500).

Christmas Appeal in association with St Vincent de Paul

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The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland are joining St Vincent de Paul on their annual Christmas appeal. Together with your help, we can make Christmas that little bit brighter for families in need at this difficult time of year.

To recognise the generosity of all those who donate, a Christmas decoration will be placed on the SCSI Christmas tree to represent your donation amount. The SCSI also invite companies with SCSI to donate. A sponsor card featuring your name and company will be placed on the Christmas tree alongside your decoration.


There are two ways to help:

  • Make a donation
  • Give a gift


Make a donation

Make a donation and a gift will be purchased on your behalf for a child in need.

Choose from the following donation amounts:

  • GOLD: €250 donation– Sponsor the star at the top of the tree! Two sponsors only. Click here.
  • SILVER: €100 donation – Click here to donate. Five sponsors only.
  • BRONZE: €50 donation – Click here to donate. Ten sponsors only.
  • €25 donation – Click here to donate
  • €15 donation – Click here to donate
  • €10 donation – Click here to donate

Donations can be made via credit card in-person or on the SCSI website until Monday, 19th of December. Links to the booking form is provided above.

 

Give a Gift

Give a Christmas gift to a local child in need, simply select a SVP ‘Giving Tree’ tag from the SCSI Christmas tree in the foyer of our building at 38 Merrion Square and return the unwrapped gift no later than Monday, 12th of December.

For this appeal, please only gift new and unused items.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland would like to extend our warmest thanks to all those who contribute to this very worthy cause.

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Chartered Surveyors welcome easing of deposit rules but say more needs to be done on supply side

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Wednesday 23rd November 2016. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has welcomed the decision by the Central Bank to ease deposit rules for first time buyers.

Ronan O’Hara, Chairman of the SCSI’s Residential Professional Group said the move would provide much needed assistance to first time buyers, many of whom are struggling to save for a deposit.

“This is a well-considered move by the Central Bank and the focus on first time buyers is welcome, particularly in Dublin and other cities. This will give confidence to the market and hopefully will encourage more builders to begin developments.  The retention of the Loan to Income ratios will hopefully help to curb price increases”.

“Buyers can now focus on buying sooner and in locations where they have family support.  This is also good news for vendors in the second hand market as first-time buyers are not limited to the new homes sector” he said.

However, the SCSI pointed out that sourcing the required deposit and mortgage is just one part of the equation and much more needs to be done on the supply side.

O’Hara said the Society had consistently called on the Government to introduce initiatives such as reducing VAT on affordable housing, making public land suitable for housing available and providing finance to builders.

“Help to buy schemes or changing mortgage rules will have little impact overall on the housing crisis because supply is the problem, not demand. Reducing or even eliminating VAT on affordable housing and establishing a Development Finance Agency with expertise in construction lending would ensure the houses that first time buyers so badly need are built in a short time frame. That is what is required” O’Hara concluded.

 

SCSI Annual Conference at Croke Park

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Áine Myler, Acting SCSI DG, Dermot O’Leary, Goodbody Economist, Claire Solon, SCSI President, Shane Coleman, Newstalk and Alexandra Notay, Independent Advisor

The SCSI Annual Conference took place this year on Thursday, 10th November at Croke Park.

This year the Society looked at the issues facing the future of property. The changes in how we live and work which will shape the demands on residential and commercial property and how global trends and challenges are likely to change how businesses need to look at their services and portfolios.

Over 250 people within the property industry attended the sold out event, a great turnout for the Society first ever conference at Croke Park.

Alexandra Notay spoke on the Build to Rent model as a potential solution to Ireland’s housing supply shortage and to hold steady spiralling rent costs in the process.

James Maddock of Cushman and Wakefield delivered an interesting presentation on futurology, the changes to how we will live, work and play in the future. While Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party predicts a the government is likely to stay in power until Summer 2018.

Shane Coleman, Newstalk interviewed Stephen Vernon of Green REIT/ Green Property on his life and career in property and his decision to leave his solid job in London for property investment in Ireland. Economist Dermot O’Leary spoke on US investment and how Trump policies may impact Ireland.

Áine Myler, Acting Director General closed the conference, thanking both the speakers for their insight and the members for their attendance.

 

Talking Personal Branding at Novembers Member Networking Evening

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Áine Myler, SCSI Director General, Gillian Horan, The Pudding Brand, Claire Solon, SCSI President and Adrian Power Kelly, SCSI Fellow

A social networking members evening took place at HQ, 38 Merrion Square last Thursday, 3rd November. Starting at 6pm, red and white wine, along with beer was served to members in attendance. There was a great turnout on the night, with many there to catch up with fellow colleagues and members.

The speaker for this month was Gillian Horan from The Pudding Brand who spoke on personal branding. Gillian is the Chief Brand Strategist and CEO of The Pudding Brand.  She is a certified brand consultant, a lecturer, a trainer and an author. She has over 12 years’ experience in the world of branding and is often referred to as a brand fanatic.

Her presentation was much enjoyed by the members in attendance with many staying on well into the evening. Keep an eye out for our members ezine for details on next months networking event.

 

Young Surveyors Ball 2016

The annual SCSI Young Surveyors Ball took place in the Double Tree by Hilton, Burlington Road on Saturday, October 29th. Organised by the Young Members Committee of the Society, this year’s Ball had 200 members in attendance.

Speeches on the night were delivered by Zara Walsh, Chair of the Young Surveyors Committee and Claire Solon, President of the SCSI.

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Claire Solon, SCSI President

Claire Solon thanked everyone for attending and shared her own experiences of going to the Young Members Ball not so long ago. Claire also imparted words of advice to the young members at the event, focusing mainly on the the importance of building a good reputation within the industry that will follow each and every member throughout their career.

Following dinner, live entertainment was provided by popular 80s band Spring Break with dancing going on until well into the evening.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland would like to thank the Young Surveyors Balls’ generous silver sponsors Arthur Cox and Clarus Property Services Group, and bronze sponsors McGovern O’Brien Chartered Building Surveyors and Davies plumbing and heating bathroom centre.

Launch of new Adjudication Panel for construction related disputes

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(L-R) Gwen Wilson, Head of Regulation, SCSI, Anthony Hussey, Solicitor, Arbitrator, Gerry O’Sullivan, Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee

The Society are delighted to announce the launch of an Adjudication Panel of experienced dispute resolvers to deal with construction contract payment disputes.  The launch event took place on Tuesday, 25th October with a wine reception prior to presentations on the new panel. It’s the first time Statutory Adjudication will be available under construction contracts in Ireland.

The move follows the passing of the Construction Contracts Act 2013 which brings statutory adjudication as a means to settle payment disputes into Irish construction contracts for the first time. The new process applies to all construction contracts entered into after 25th July 2016.

The SCSI panel of adjudicators is available in the Dispute Resolution Section of the Society’s website, located here.

Read the press release by clicking here.