The Connacht Property Auction is now taking entries for March auction

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

The Connacht Property Auction is now taking entries for their next public auction which will be held on Wednesday, March 26 in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. After a hugely successful November auction where 22 out of the 27 properties were sold, the auction team have experienced a surge of interest from both property owners and buyers alike. The company are the only auction provider in Ireland who do not charge admission or marketing fees to enter the auction, making it very appealing to property owners. Furthermore the company also offers an online auction system where all bids are made visible on their website www.connachtpropertyauction.ie.

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Four steps savvy sellers take

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

Step 3: Stage your home to sell

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Property market more than weathering the storm

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

The property market in the west of Ireland has seen unprecedented growth with demand far surpassing supply, according to Niall Browne of O’Donnellan & Joyce. According to Mr Browne the supply of property with the level of demand is causing what can only be described as a frenzy, driving prices equivalent to 2005/2006. Typical houses are in the city and suburbs are achieving 10 to 15 per cent higher than recorded in comparison to 2012/2013. Not alone are owner occupier houses selling well, but investment properties including apartments and townhouses are being agreed at an incredible rate.

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New website to help policyholders who experience property loss or damage

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

DM Claim Consultants has recently launched its new website dmclaims.ie.

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Improve your home today with a Castlebar Credit Union loan

Fri, Feb 07, 2014

At the moment for most people buying a new property or trading up is not an option. However given the added benefit of the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme coupled with a home improvement loan from Castlebar Credit Union your dream home could now be the one you are already in.

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Fantastic four bed in Roscam

Fri, Feb 07, 2014

O Donnellan & Joyce is offering for sale No 39 Duirling, Roscam, Galway. Duirling is an award winning estate located on the east side of Galway city, close to Galway Clinic and Merlin Park Hospital. The property is within easy access of Boston Scientific, Merit Medical, and Creganna. In addition the estate is serviced by an excellent road, bus, and transport network bringing all the amenities of Galway city to its doorstep.

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What about my moss?

Fri, Feb 07, 2014

The winter months are the ideal time to address any moss issues that you may have with your lawn. The lawn experts at Greenhand recommend a moss control treatment followed up a couple of weeks later by a treatment called “lawn scarification”. What is scarification? Scarification is the mechanical removal of the moss and thatch layer while at the same time ventilating the roots of the grass to aid healthy growth in the coming spring. How do I know if I need scarification? Greenhand will examine your lawn to establish the depth of the surface thatch and overall sponginess. If there is excessive thatch Greenhand may recommend scarification. What effect will it have on the moss? Moss loves a moisture rich environment so it therefore loves surface thatch as moisture is trapped there preventing it from getting through to the soil below. Scarification removes this surface thatch and therefore the cause of the moss. How does Greenhand carry out scarification? A professional scarifying machine is driven over the whole surface of the lawn getting as close to the edge as possible (approximately six inches). The resulting waste is then removed and put on your compost heap. For further information and a free, no obligation, quotation, just phone Jean in the Greenhand office to arrange a visit from the team. Telephone 098 39155 or find them on Facebook at Greenhand Lawn Treatment Services, or visit www.greenhand.ie.

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Wonderful three bed semi in Claremont Park

Fri, Feb 07, 2014

O’Donnellan & Joyce is offering for sale a wonderful three bedroom semidetached family home at No 51 Claremont Park.

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Sherry Fitzgerald Irish property show in London

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Sherry Fitzgerald, Ireland’s leading estate agency, will once again bring its Irish Property Show to London on Saturday, March 1 2014. At this event, which will be held in The Copthorne Tara Hotel from 11am to 4pm, they will be displaying a sample of properties from all across Ireland, giving UK purchasers an opportunity to meet property professionals from several of their offices across the country in one day, and in one location,

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Auctioneers receive first Recognised European Valuer Certs

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Members of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) received their Recognised European Valuer, or REV Certificate, at a function in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, recently. The certificates were co-presented by the Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Brian Hayes, and the chairman of TEGoVA, the European Valuers’ representative body, Roger Messenger. Among those to receive their certificates was Caroline Kirrane, Kirrane auctioneering, Main Street, Ballyhaunis.

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Style and elegance in Taylor’s Hill

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

No 5 St Claire’s, Taylor’s Hill, is one of the finest and most attractive family homes to come to the market for some time, especially in this well established and much sought after development just off Taylor’s Hill. Tucked away in this meticulously maintained private cul-de-sac is a collection of large detached homes which offer all one could ask for in terms of convenience, class, and style. This stunning home has been meticulously thought out with flair and taste in both architectural layout and interior design.

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Big demand for city rental accommodation but it is not all a bed of roses for landlords

Fri, Jan 24, 2014

There has been a noticeable increase in demand for rental properties in Galway of late, compounded by additional property buyers being held back by restrictive bank lending, increasing employment, and a general increase in population. According to local property letting agents, there has been a ‘surprise spike’ in queries in recent months, and rental properties are being snapped up within days of becoming available, and they expect that rising demand for rental properties will continue for the foreseeable future but caution that it can still be a tough business.

Residential rental specialist Michael Fahy senior of City Property Services said that activity in the rental market is incredible, especially in these leaner times. ‘We are inundated with renters looking for good quality accommodation in the city centre and the surrounding suburban areas. In the last two weeks we have let 12 properties and that would have been 50 if we had the stock, even at this late stage in the year. We rented a three-bed house recently on the Knocknacarra road and it rented on the same day as the old tenant vacated. Our advert on Daft.ie had over 1,000 hits for that house alone. That’s incredible activity for the economic times we are in – we have had to increase our staff to eight members, just to keep up with the demand. In the 10 years since we bought our new premises on Prospect Hill, I have not seen the like of the amount of people coming through the office door seeking accommodation, and amazingly are doing so to try and get a head start on those searching on Daft.ie. We try and cater for our existing 800+ tried and trusted tenants that need to move first but that’s now proving to be even more difficult due to limited stock. It is easy to rent property now but it is as difficult as ever finding the right person. We have it down to a fine art at this stage but we have many private landlords approaching us to help them remove problematic tenants. We do this work regularly but problematic tenants can be a nightmare, especially when they try to hide behind the legislation designed for genuine cases, so correct selection from the outset is vital. We took over the management of a property in Rahoon this week following an assault on the landlord in the house by an acquaintance of the tenant. Professional property rental needs to take a thorough, respectful, and no nonsense approach with both sides.”

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