Bartra Wealth Advisors have a limited number of final Irish Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) approved investment slots available, with a restricted quota and timeframe. These slots are open to clients who have an immediate intention to apply for the IIP. Contact us now to secure your opportunity.

Impact Investing – The potential of Social Housing and Nursing Homes in Ireland

Social Housing and Nursing Home markets

Not just in Hong Kong, but everywhere else in the world, we see a high demand for and a shortage in Social Housing and Nursing Homes. This puts a lot of pressure on the government and the people, but it means there are great potentials in these projects.

Beaumont Lodge Nursing Home 5

Beaumont, our biggest nursing home project to date, has just finished construction ahead of schedule and will now enter the HIQA inspection phase.

The fact is, the investment in these markets have well been the trend in Europe and the UK. This is because they receive guaranteed long-term secure income streams from a local authority or an Approved Housing Body. This makes it particularly appealing to institutional investors and pension funds, as investors get to enjoy long-term leases with little or no day-to-day management, repair, or maintenance responsibility.

Such growth is seen in the Social Housing market in Ireland and is reflected in the CBRE Group report for the past six months. In Ireland, there are a total of 68,693 households waiting to be housed. However, no more than 15,000 are likely to be developed in 2020.

CBRE Social Housing 2019

With its ageing population, the undersupplied Nursing Homes are also seeing strong demands in Ireland. The percentage of over 65-year-olds is expected to reach 16% of the total population, accounting for 860,600 people. This means the country will need 7,500 new nursing home beds in the system by 2020. However, very little is expected to be built in the next few years, resulting in only the 1,144 beds which are currently on site.

To meet the required volume of units and to reduce the housing waiting lists, the collaboration between the public and the private sector to increase the delivery of much-needed Public Housing and Nursing homes is essential.

The role of our Irish Immigrant Investor Programme

As a developer who has successfully carried out many social housing and nursing home projects, we offer these projects as the Enterprise Investment route for families who are considering immigration to Ireland under our Irish Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP). Our extensive Irish immigration experience and expertise in the investment field, as well as our strong business network of partners, have allowed us to maintain an application approval rate of 100% and a 100% renewal rate.

Loughshinny Nursing Home

Applying for Irish residency via IIP is very straightforward, with short processing times and no quotas. Investment in Nursing Homes, in particular, offers Hong Kong investors capital protection with a potential profitable return. We offer a five-year term with a 4% annual return for Nursing Home investments. More importantly, we offer end-to-end services, so you can be sure that your investment and your family’s future is in safe hands all the way through the process.

Why Bartra?

We at Bartra only market investments where we have already purchased the site. All of our projects are located in Dublin, the area of highest investor demand, and long term value. We only use high-quality design team members including architects, planners, quantity surveyors, and construction companies. All our projects are fully cost by independent third parties prior to being marketed to IIP applicants. The investments are structured so that there is a clear alignment of interest between investors and Bartra, that the projects are only profitable for Bartra if they are first sold and investors are repaid.

Bartra Group already has a pipeline of 435 Social Homes with a value in excess of €130 million at the moment. We are planning to construct more than 1200 homes in the next 5 years. Our Social Housing project at Poplar Row has just signed a 25-year Enhanced Lease with the government. At a 0.14 hectare size with 39 apartments, the construction started in June 2020 and is progressing on time. Our other Social Housing projects are also debt funded by various companies. Bartra Group also has a pipeline of 823 Nursing Home beds and plans to run over 1,000 beds in the next 5 years. One of our projects, the Loughshinny Nursing Home Development, has been completed and was opened in summer 2019 with residents moving in. It has also shown full compliance across all areas in the HIQA report, which is hard to achieve. Also, our Northwood project has officially opened in late May this year, with occupants moved in.

Fast becoming one of the largest providers of Social Housing and Nursing Homes in Ireland, our available IIP project slots are filling up quickly. Speak with one of our expert advisors to find out more about Bartra Wealth Advisors and our projects by completing the form below, and see how you can be a part of our projects.



The safest investment – Hong Kong iBond 2020 vs The Immigrant Investor Programme

The announcement of the latest iBond, which is the seventh series issued since 2011, is open for subscription at 9 am on October 23, 2020. The three-year-long, HK$10 billion worth bonds promises to provide a steady source of income for everyday investors, but there are always alternatives among the safe investments. We know an investment option that offers not only an almost guaranteed rate of return but also a world-class permanent residency.

What are we talking about?

In short, the iBond is an inflation-linked retail bond released by the HKSAR Government under the retail bond issuance programme of the Government Bond Programme. Offered at a minimum denomination of HK$10,000, the HKSAR Government will repay 100% of the principal amount at maturity, along with generating half-yearly interest payments which are based on the Composite Consumer Price Index. The guaranteed minimum payment is at 2%.

If you are investing based on the appeal of a safe and regular return, investing in iBond is sensible. However, if you are aiming for more, the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) can be a promising alternative.

The Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) offers the applicant a secure residency status in Ireland through an approved investment. Depending on the choice of project, whereby we offer government-backed Nursing Home and Social Housing projects under the Enterprise Investment route, the applicant will receive their full investment of €1 million and 4% interest per year if they were to choose to invest in our Nursing Home projects. This means, at the maturity of the five-year investment period, the applicant will get an extra €200,000 tax-free, on top of their €1 million investment, as well as a STAMP 4 identity in Ireland.

Nursing Home and Social Housing

How do you invest in them?

The iBond subscription period will start from 9 am October 23 to 2 pm, November 5. Applications can be done via placing banks, securities brokers, or the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited. If the total application amount is under HK$15 billion, all eligible applicants will be satisfied. However, if the total application amount is over HK$15 billion, the iBond will be allotted by lottery, where each chosen applicant only gets one hand of bonds. The iBond will then be issued on November 16 and be listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on November 17. The trading of it in secondary markets can happen after.

On the other hand, the IIP is open for application at any time of the year and the process is very simple.

There are just four key steps to the IIP process:

  • Application
  • Approval
  • Investment
  • Receive residency

What is particularly attractive about this programme is that the investment is placed after receiving the approval letter. Not to mention, both of the assets of Social Housing and Nursing Home projects derive their income directly from the Irish State, making it a very safe investment for our investors.

Why should you care?

Both the iBond and the IIP are stable investments that offer promising investment returns. But as the intention to immigrate has spiked in recent years, being able to obtain a residency on top of an investment can be very appealing.


Ireland is an emerging emigrant destination for Hong Kong people. As the only English-speaking member of the European Union, Ireland is a gateway to both the UK and European countries, offering a great education system and enjoys one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe, increasing its appeal as a regional business hub for multinational corporations.

The time for getting approval for the IIP is only 4-6 months. There are no language requirements and the residency requirement is just one day per year, meaning that the applicant can obtain residency without moving. 

The choice is yours

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Of course, you should assess all the aspects of every investment you make, and there will definitely be variables that may change your mind. For example, the biggest barrier to the IIP is that the applicant is required to have €2 million net wealth. While we are able to offer investors a 4% annual investment return on their €1 million investment for 5 years, the iBond has historically exceeded the 2% minimum return, where their highest interest rate offered was 6.08% in 2011.

This is why we’re here. To find out more about IIP, how it works, what the benefits are, and how you can apply, speak with one of our expert advisors! Or simply complete the form below to download your IIP brochure.