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It's Risky Pricing High to 'See What Happens'

Every seller wants to get the best deal for their house. So why not just price your house to the moon? After all, you can just bring it down later, right? Well, there are a few ... [ Read More ]
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5 Things You Should Love About Your Home Before You Commit

You gaze longingly at the curb appeal and your heart flutters at the open kitchen, but is the home you're considering buying really The One? Before you make an offer, be sure y... [ Read More ]
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Giving your home the WOW appeal for buyers

Its always worth going that extra bit when you are selling your home - see this lounge. It certainly gives the property an edge to other properties in the area - which means it wil... [ Read More ]
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Planning for Moycullen

We have just heard that Moycullen Property Limited is seeking planning permission for a three-storey building to include an 11-bedroom B&B and 16 apartments. A decision is... [ Read More ]
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Mortgage vs Rent

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s now €195 cheaper per month to buy a three bedroom home as opposed to rent in Galway City ! Latest stats from daft.ie are min... [ Read More ]
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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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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 ]