Investment opportunities at Galway auction

A portion of the crowd at one of O'Donnellan and Joyce's previous auctions

Galway-based estate agents O’Donnellan and Joyce will place 46 properties under the hammer in an all-day auction on Friday May 9th at the Harbour Hotel. A number of investment properties, commercial properties, and land will be on offer in the [...]

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€15m fund to renovate vacant houses

The four local authorities in Dublin will receive €5m in funding towards renovating vacant housing units

The Government has announced funding of €15m for a scheme [...]

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Clever design and skilful landscaping transform a Rathfarnham garden

At the very outset of this project, the priorities were [...]

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NAMA may be used to control rising property prices


The Minister for Finance said he has asked the National Asset [...]

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Revenue Commissioners chairman Josephine Feehily

250,000 households to receive household charge letters

Revenue Commissioners chairman Josephine Feehily has said thousands of people will wrongly receive letters telling them to pay the household charge. Ms Feehily said mismatches between the data of the Local Government Management Agency and the Local Property Tax database mean that thousands of people will wrongly receive notices. Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, [...]

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More than 70 landlords in Dublin brought before courts for renting out substandard accommodation

More than 70 Dublin landlords have been hauled before the courts for renting out substandard accommodation. Of 4,826 inspections of private rented homes last year, half did not meet regulatory requirements. A total of 3,039 improvement letters and notices were served against landlords to bring accommodation up to scratch. Chief Executive of Threshold, Bob Jordan, [...]

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129 Mount Tallant Avenue

Terenure home an example of how BER can be improved

Building Energy Ratings became a big factor in how people choose homes when they became a requirement in all property advertisements last year. Since then countless homes have undergone assessments, with many people taking action to bring their ratings up. The likes of 129 Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure is a prime example. The two [...]

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rate cut

Further ECB rate cut expected this summer

Tracker mortage holders could be set for another rate cut this summer. A report in today’s Irish Independent claims that the European Central Bank will be forced to reduce its key lending rate in June. That will mean cheaper repayments for the 375,000 people who have a tracker. The ECB rate currently stands at a [...]

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Activity in the construction sector is on the up

Construction industry expands in March by largest amount in over eight years

The construction industry expanded last month at the fastest pace since January 2006, according to the latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index. New orders, job creation and industry sentiment all improved during March, according to the data, with the index’s topline reading rising four points to 60.2. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion. Where [...]

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It is still many peoples' dream to buy their own home

Demand for homes sparking mini-frenzy, but not quite a bubble

There has been a lot of talking up about the property market since the start of the year but Minister for Finance Michael Noonan tried to bring some calm to the situation earlier this week when he said there was no second bubble emerging. Perhaps he has a point. While urban areas such as Dublin, [...]

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