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Another boost to Galway and Atlantic Economic Corridor

Read Sean Kyne's take on a new €24 million project at GMIT. The ‘STEM’ building will be a 5,500 square metre Science, Technology, Engineering and Mat... [ Read More ]
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An Garda work on tracker scandal

At last - hopefully the stressed-out owners banks took off their trackers will finally get this sorted.   Central Bank is working with An Garda over tracker mortgage sca... [ Read More ]
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Winter on the way

Ahead of the clocks changing the temps are definitely dropping. See below for some economical ways to keep your home cosy this Winter. http://bit.ly/2x5pBwN... [ Read More ]
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Maximise your space

Take a look at these clever and super stylish ways to use up every square inch in your home. http://bit.ly/2yyGNyc... [ Read More ]
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Apple get the OK for Athenry data centre

Breaking news this week - the Commercial Court has dismissed challenges to the €850M Apple data centre in Athenry. Congratulations to all involved, it's great news for Co.... [ Read More ]
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Forced sale of vacant homes on the way

We’re used to seeing compulsory purchase orders used to build roads and transport systems but now they may help with solving the housing crisis. The Attorney General has give... [ Read More ]
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Good news for landlords

Permanent TSB have annouced that they will write off any residual debt for sellers of buy-to-let properties. Read more at  http://bit.ly/2xOibPh    ... [ Read More ]
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Up, up and away

It's a great time to put your house on the market. Whilst this article refers much to Dublin, the IPAV report confirms that the pattern is similar country wide.  R... [ Read More ]
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Students Beware

As the new term looms and student accommodation is as rare as ever please be warned of empty promises and dealings with unprofessional landlords.  Read more at ... [ Read More ]
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Graduates optimistic for work, not for housing

Irish students face more concerns over finding accommodation than finding work.  A new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has found that 75% of third-level und... [ Read More ]
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Gap between wages and house prices

DAFT.ie reports today that during the second quarter of 2017 the average monthly rent nationwide hit an all-time high. Here is a very interesting read around this and the fact... [ Read More ]
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Galway's Apple plans uncertain

Many Athenry locals are hoping Apple's €850 million investment will get the go ahead. The High Court’s will annouce in October whether or not approval is grante... [ Read More ]
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House price hike

A recent survey shows that the average house price for the year was €250,188, up alomost €24K since last year . Read more  ... [ Read More ]
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Controvery over Help to Buy

There's much talk of the "help to buy scheme" at the moment. It looks as though the scheme may not be continued long-term as the Housing Minister announces it is &quo... [ Read More ]
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Blaming Bannon?

Independent.ie reports that a Bank of Ireland spokesperson "blames" home improvement shows for surge in people applying for home improvement loans. I hardly think "b... [ Read More ]
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Confidence in the market

The well respected economist Ronan Lyons (Asst. professor economics Trinity College) has just released the latest DAFT.ie report in relation to house prices & trends ... [ Read More ]
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Families funding purchases

Here are some very interesting stats from Paul Donoghue of FORA re 1st time buyers: 200 people between the ages of 25 and 45 were surveyed - they had confirmed they planned t... [ Read More ]
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Celtic cubs tighten your pursestrings

According to an Australian millionaire property develeoper young people need to "buck up their ideas" and get saving. It appears our Celtic cubs must curb their appe... [ Read More ]
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New homes for Galway

Twenty happy families got the keys to their new homes this week as part of a joint venture to deliver 300 units between Co-Operative Housing Ireland and Galway City Council. R... [ Read More ]
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Making switching easier

The central bank is proposing to take steps to make "mortgage switching" easier. Only 4% of borrowers have moved their home loans to a new lender while 6% have changed th... [ Read More ]
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Extreme demand and supply

There is such high demand for housing at the moment. A difficult time for first time buyers but a great situation for vendors. Read the full article here and if you are thinking of... [ Read More ]
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Essential-ish home items!

Read on for an inspiring read from houzz.com about a collection of really handy accessories and features for your home.  Now these would make life a little easier!&n... [ Read More ]
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Downsizing opportunities

Ronan Lyons from DAFT.ie has been doing the maths. Read more to see how he believes that building more appartments to encourage downsizing could be the key to freeing up the proper... [ Read More ]
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House hunting tips

Here are is a really valuable guide on what to look out for when buying a home. http://bit.ly/2lDuxHH... [ Read More ]
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"Deep Retrofit" energy scheme

The expansion of government scheme will enable "deep retrofit" energy saving upgrades to families with poor insulation. Read more at http://bit.ly/2lzEHJc​... [ Read More ]
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Switching mortgage provider?

Whilst we have a competitive mortgage providers' market only 2% of people have switched their provider in the last 5 year. Does it seem like too much hassle? Read on for t... [ Read More ]
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Pantone colour of 2017

As St Patrick's Day approaches take a look at how we can use our nation's colour in our home. See 3 inspiring ways to blend "Greenery" into your living space.&nbs... [ Read More ]
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Is there healthy competition with our mortgage providers?

On the surface, yes, there is healthy competition in the mortgage providers market. However only 2 institiutions hold 80% of the market share. Read on to find out how this cou... [ Read More ]
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Repair to rent

Following a successful pilot scheme the Government will provide more than €300m to help bring vacant properties back into use.  This initiative to ease the housing crisis... [ Read More ]
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Time to switch?

Time and again we hear that it’s good to switch. The Comminssion for Energy Regulation now reports that the  majority of Irish households aren’t on the cheapest el... [ Read More ]
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December dip

It doesn't surprise me at all to read that property prices dipped in December. Whilst figures rose all last year by 8% it's common that buyer behaviour changes at year end.... [ Read More ]
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Idle properties

A crazy number of properties nationwide are empty due to legal and financial disputes. Read on to see how the state needs convince owners to put these properties to good use. ht... [ Read More ]
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Admin for buyers

I strongly advise sellers to have their “ducks in a row” regarding paperwork, title deeds, admin etc. These first time buyers were equally as organised in purchasing a ... [ Read More ]
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Slow uptake for Help to Buy

A disappointingly low number of 17 developers have signed up for the Help to Buy scheme. This figure is nationwide. After all the excitment of the launch now many first time buyers... [ Read More ]
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Use or loose Planning Permission

Figures from the department of housing suggest that a 'use it or lose it' clause for planning permission, first mooted in 2005, should be considered from here on in. Read o... [ Read More ]
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Renovation grants for rural properties

The government's plans for rural development includes a cash incentive scheme for renovation rural properties. Read on to see how they hope to target first time buyers and... [ Read More ]
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West is the best

We have always said the West is the best. Here’s the proof! Read on to see how it’s a great time to sell in the West as prices are up by 16.7%. If you are thinking... [ Read More ]
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Galway house prices rising

Following the launch of the "help to buy" scheme it is predicted that house prices this year will rise by 6% nationally. Galway's figure is 10%. Read more. This is g... [ Read More ]
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Christmas homes around the world

Take a look at some of the magical ways that homes can be styled for Christmas - all over the world, different climates and landscapes yet all managing to create a festive spirit. ... [ Read More ]
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Christmas Decorating

Here are some really original and effective decorating ideas to use up any spare cheap and cheerful baubles. http://bit.ly/2hqsuAn... [ Read More ]
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Dragon's generous gesture

One of the stars of Dragon's Den is to generously donate the proceeds of a West of Ireland property to a homeless charity. The Aran Island property will be up for auction ... [ Read More ]
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6 reasons to sell at Christmas

While there may be less buyers out there, those who are looking at this time are definitely serious.  There are fewer homes to view so there is less competition. Less com... [ Read More ]
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New changes to rock the property market?

The lending market is about to see some welcome changes for first time buyers in the coming months. The central bank has announced new lending rules which is likely to lead to... [ Read More ]
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Refunds for tracker holders

Hundreds of home owners who lost their tracker mortgages during the downturn are due for refunds and compensation. A refund and reduction in monthly payments will be most ... [ Read More ]
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Property tax exemptions

There are a number of criteria which deem a property to be exempt from the property tax. Please read on to make sure you are paying this tax unecessarily. http://bit.ly/2gBr8XJ... [ Read More ]
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New players in mortgage market

Some good news for borrowers- the mortgage market has some new players. Competition is a good thing as Pepper Money and Dilosk have joined the Irish market. Read the full arti... [ Read More ]
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Salt & sandbags

Cabinet has approved a scheme to relocate families living in flood-prone areas and also plans to stock 240,000 tonnes of salt in preparation for harsh weather conditions. Read more... [ Read More ]
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Housing crisis the root of public service problems?

David Mc Williams believes that sorting out the country's housing crisis could lead to settling the current problems with public-sector unions. If the government could establis... [ Read More ]
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In a divorce, who gets custody of the tracker mortgage?

In a divorce, who gets custody of the tracker mortgage? The family home becomes the single most divisive issue, after negociating access to the children of course. Tracker mortg... [ Read More ]
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Tenants - know your rights

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015 introduced a number of changes to the way your tenancy lease works and these changes have been gradually implemented over the last ni... [ Read More ]
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Budget top 10 changes for property market

As the dust settles following the budget, read on for the top 10 changes relevant to the property market.  Sinead Ryan from the Independent summarises as follows:- 1 T... [ Read More ]
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"Largely useless" budget for the property sector?

  Read Tina Marie O'Neill of the Sunday Business Post airing her disappointment with the budget's influences on the property market  http://bit.ly/2dysLj2 . ... [ Read More ]
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Empty nesters need alternative options

A recent report has outlined that whilst 88% of older people are happy with their current home their links are stronger to the community than their property. More th... [ Read More ]
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Ideas to Borrow from Professional Kitchens

Efficient, safe and relatively easy to clean. Read on to see how we can take practical tips from professional kitchens to keep the temperatures down while cooking at home. htt... [ Read More ]
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Casback deals from Bank of Ireland, EBS & Permanent TSB

Three big lenders are offering mortgage cashback deals which can mean a cash lump sum of a few grand for first time buyers. Yes it can be tempting but do the sums&nb... [ Read More ]
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House prices on the up

House prices have risen in nearly every county in Ireland over the last 3 months, largely driven by a shortage of homes for sale and plenty of buyers. A 3 bed semi in Galway city i... [ Read More ]
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AAI award-winning Galway home

Just like at the end of  Dermot Bannon's "Room to Improve" programmes this feature has ended up with the client and designer speaking so highly of each othe... [ Read More ]
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House price premiums near secondary schools

Daft.ie's Secondary Schools report reveals how buyers pay a premium to live near schools.  The addage is true - Location Location Location. With the average home cost... [ Read More ]
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10 steps to getting on the property ladder

It's a really difficult time for first time buyers with low housing supply demanding high prices and big deposits. However Mark Keenen from the Irish Independent believes ... [ Read More ]
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Pent-up demand

Good news for sellers As the property market recovers we could see buyers reacting to “pent-up” demand for up to 20 years.  Read more. Consumer confidence is gr... [ Read More ]
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City house prices will rise significantly

More good news for those thinking of selling.  Experts are advising that the value of homes in the capital, Cork and Galway will rise by up to 7pc per annum in the coming year... [ Read More ]
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Proposed tax rebate for first time buyers

It's great to hear that first -time buyers may be getting a helping hand in the next budget. The government are still working on the details but Simon Coveney has said they pla... [ Read More ]
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Interiors - time to say goodbye to.....

Liz Dwyer of the Irish Times reports that these 4 interiors trends need to be left  behind this Autumn. Read designers' quotes below and see the full article at http://bit... [ Read More ]
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State to spend up to €400m on 1,700 'rapid-delivery' houses

Up to 20 companies have been asked to supply units, which can be erected quicker than 'traditional' homes. Tender documents show the homes - and must be designed t... [ Read More ]
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Mortgage approval figures on the rise

Around 3,300 people got mortgage approval in July. This figure is up 18% on last year. Bank figures also show that there was strong growth in the number of first-time buyers s... [ Read More ]
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Tips for students looking for accommodation

There truly is an accommodation crisis for students in Ireland. For those fortunate to be close to securing a roof over their head, read on for tips.  http://bit.ly/2cokDG9... [ Read More ]
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State backed mortgage scheme with small deposits

There is more than one way to skin a cat even in the property market. Read on to learn about the Home Choice Loans scheme available in County Galway. http://bit.ly/2bBXo5u... [ Read More ]
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Great boost for Galway jobs

Great news for County Galway. Planning persmission has been granted for Apple's new data centre.  The planning board released its decision regarding the planning applicati... [ Read More ]
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Galway fairing well in 3 tier property market

Figures from An Post's GeoDirectory reveal that Ireland is currently experiencing a 3 tier property market.  Dublin has the highest turnover level and ... [ Read More ]
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Accommodation company Ziggernaut plans to build up to 4,000 new student units as part of a massive €400 million investment plan.

As a letting agent I get numerous calls this time of year to enquire about student accommodation. There is a huge demand in Galway. The good news is that a UK based&nb... [ Read More ]
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GREEN HOME RENOVATIONS

More than 90pc of homes with a BER rating of 'A' were built post-2010. Almost 80pc of dwellings rated as 'F' or 'G' were built before 1978. This is a huge... [ Read More ]
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Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland develops finance plan to reduce energy consumption

As Ireland is trying to reduce energy consumption to help prevent climate change there is talk of  interest-free loans for employees could which help fund home retrofits. R... [ Read More ]
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Standard & Poor expects the “robust recovery” in the housing market to continue this year.

Standard & Poor's credit rating agency is optimistic about the continued housing recovery in Ireland - It said house prices would rise by 6pc, aided by the ongoing improv... [ Read More ]
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Empty Nesters are not moving on

One may consider that "Empty Nesters" would be happy to move on and release funds in their golden years. According to this article this is not the case as downsizers... [ Read More ]
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New lender

New lender to Ireland this year, Australian firm Pepper are about to reduce lending rates by up to 0.45% and also have a special loan product for the self employed. Read ... [ Read More ]
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Appraisal of Coveney's housing plan

Mark Keenan gives an objective view of the much anticipated housing plan announced last week and hopes that Coveney has learnt from past mistakes.    http://bit.ly/... [ Read More ]
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Cash buyers are dominating the housing market

Since the property market crashed there has been a drop in the number of mortgage buyers.  Now a staggering 6 out of 10 house or appartment purchases are by cash buyers. Read ... [ Read More ]
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Help-To-Buy scheme on the cards for first time buyers

I've just read that Housing Minister Simon Coveney is to publish a new plan this week. Plans are underway in advance of the October budget for a Help-To-Buy scheme ... [ Read More ]
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Don’t overlook issue of privacy and planning requirements in your garden!

    There is a very interesting article by  Val O’Brien, who  is a chartered building surveyor, in the Propery Section of the Irish Times about plan... [ Read More ]
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Best of luck Galway - winner of European Capital of Culture Announced this week

We all know Galway is the best city in the world - hopefully it will become European Capital of Culture for 2020 - the winner is to be announced Friday, July 15th  - everybody... [ Read More ]
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On an annual basis property prices in Galway city rise by 14.1%

The Irish Times is reporting that asking prices for houses outside Dublin rose sharply in the second quarter of 2016 and reports suggest that house prices rose by an average o... [ Read More ]
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10 Reasons to Bypass Dublin for Galway City

Aine Greaney from the Huffington Post believes Galway offers tourists an authentic taste of modern Ireland.  See below for her 10 Reasons to Bypass Dublin for Galw... [ Read More ]
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EBS third lender to offer cash back on mortgage loans

Ah, it's great to be able to share good news on Mornings! EBS, which is part of AIB, is offering 2pc of the value of the mortgage drawn down when buyers take out a home loan... [ Read More ]
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An honest synopsis of today's property market

There was an extremely interesting article by the property editor of the Irish Times, Madeline Lyons about the current state of the property market in Ireland - she stated that whi... [ Read More ]
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More good news for Moycullen

I read, with interest, an article in the Galway Advertiser (June 16th )  regarding the strong rent commanded by properties in Moycullen - a lot of  local feedback seemed ... [ Read More ]
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Our auctioneer office in Moycullen village

We had a lovely day to film this short video outside our newly decorated office. We love our home in Moycullen village and are keen to find properties for sale in Moycullen, R... [ Read More ]
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Moycullen features in this article about the current “rent squeeze”

Commuter belt rents are soaring as families want spacious homes. Properties for rent are in high demand. Read more about the changes in the rental market. If you are a landl... [ Read More ]
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Mortgage arrears drop again in first quarter

Accounts in arrears now represent 11% of total mortgages and 17% of buy-to-let borrowings. The number of residential mortgages in arrears fell for the eleventh consecutive quart... [ Read More ]
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Average age of first-time buyers in Ireland rises to 34

The average age of first-time buyers in Ireland has risen by five years to 34 over the past decade, according to Real Estate Alliance (REA). Read more http://bit.ly/1XbGu... [ Read More ]
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Saving a deposit: 15 ways to help first-time buyers get ahead

The biggest and often the first obstacle any first-time buyer will meet is the deposit - that percentage of the house price that your bank requires you to source yourself. It's... [ Read More ]
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3 questions to ask before listing your home

Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions. 1. Is now a good time? Talk with an auctioneer who knows y... [ Read More ]
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Property price growth in Dublin accelerated in April to its fastest rate in eight months,

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that residential property prices overall rose by 7.1% in April on an annual basis. Prices were up by 0.3% last month compared to... [ Read More ]
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Labour and materials 45% of new house cost, survey finds

Construction costs account for less than half of the overall price of building a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin, according to a new survey. The Society of Chartered... [ Read More ]
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Planning to buy a house?

Planning to buy a house? Here's how to get the cheapest mortgage. In an expected move, AIB will, for the fourth time in 18 months, drop its variable mortgage rate from July 1. ... [ Read More ]
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6 Surefire Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

6 Surefire Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home 1. You’re feeling cramped, and you can’t add on Your family might not be growing, but that doesn’t mean ... [ Read More ]
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Good news for mortgage holders as AIB reduce rates by .25%

"The days of variable rate swindle coming to an end for banks", according to Charlie Weston of the Irish Independent Banks are running out of options in their efforts to keep vari... [ Read More ]
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5 Tips for hassle free house moving

1) Separate the essentials Pack an overnight bag for each family member and use a clear plastic box to keep your daily essentials together (kettle, mugs, teabags etc) so you can a... [ Read More ]
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Countdown to launch!

Today's the day! The excitement is mounting - the bubbles are ready to be popped & the nibbles ready to be enjoyed! Just waiting for our clients, friends and neighbours to join us... [ Read More ]
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Website underway

We are delighted to be at the testing phase of our new website developed by the team at Magnify. The official launch is Thursday 28th April. .... [ Read More ]
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Happy Easter Everyone

Happy Easter to everyone - offices closed until Tuesday but Michelle is doing viewings Friday, 26th, Saturday 27th and Monday 29th - so call me on 0872500716 with any queries... [ Read More ]