IPAV welcomes Help to Buy scheme extension

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, which called in its pre-Budget submission for the Help-to-Buy scheme to be extended for a further two years has welcomed the decision of the Minister for Finance to do so, saying the scheme is central to giving confidence to a market that it is “extraordinarily difficult for first-time buyers and for smaller builders/developers,as opposed to the few dominant strongly capital backed players.”

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Owners urged to inspect their rental properties as annual Fire Safety Week takes place

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The Irish Property Owners’ Association (IPOA) is calling on all property owners to inspect their rental properties during Fire Safety Week which is presently ongoing.

Property owners should ensure that there is a fire blanket in the kitchen and that the fire alarms are in good working order. Remind tenants to test the fire alarms on a weekly basis, and check that there are no overloaded sockets. As part of that inspection they should be mindful of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. These are the minimum standards required to be adhered to by all rental properties. By inspecting properties frequently Landlords can ensure that their rental properties continue to comply with the regulations.

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Private landlords body issue strong post-Budget response

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The national representative body for private landlords, the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA), has strongly criticised Budget 2020 for not addressing any of the serious issues which the association has repeatedly brought to the Government’s notice.

In a note to members prepared just after the details were announced, IPOA Chairman, Stephen Faughnan, said that the Budget “represented yet another series of missed opportunities to encourage private landlords who want to play their part”.

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Attractive and well maintained traditional Moate property

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

O’Roarke Bros. Auctioneers, Main Street, Moate, are pleased to present this traditional property to the market.

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Confidentiality a plus for families in numerous mortgage to rent cases

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

A fresh call was made in Athlone on Thursday last for Westmeath householders in serious mortgage arrears to engage with their lenders as there is now a fresh urgency to find solutions and leave families in their homes.

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Westmeath median property price increase largest recorded in country

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Property prices in Westmeath rose by €27,700 in the last year, according to the latest MyHome.ie Property Report in association with Davy.

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Need to house homeless families now most urgent

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

With 1,726 families in homeless accommodation, the need to urgently release up to 9,000 family homes which are locked out of the housing market as a result of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Scheme is paramount, according to Denis Naughten TD.

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Know Your Rights - Property Repair Work

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

I am unhappy with the repair work a builder has done to my house, he hasn’t fixed the issue and he refuses to put it right. Do I have any rights in this situation?

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House prices continue to escalate within the county

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

The price of the average three-bed semi in County Westmeath increased by 2.6 percent over the past three months the REA Average House Price Survey has found.

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Mortgage to rent cases on the rise in Westmeath

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Hundreds of Westmeath householders in unsustainable mortgage arrears and at risk of losing their homes are being given fresh hope of a solution to their problems.

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Opportunity to lease a most prominent establishment

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Pat Cohan’s bar and restaurant famously featured in the iconic multi award winning Quiet Man film occupies a prime position in the heart of the historic and unique island village of Cong in South Mayo.

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CSO house price increase masks wealth of problems

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Commenting on the results of the most recent CSO Residential Property Price Index, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, said the overall 2.3 percent increase is a blip that masks a range of problems underneath.

Pat Davitt, IPAV’s Chief Executive said while the CSO Index is based on stamp duty returns IPAV’s own study of actual prices achieved by auctioneers in the first six month of the year indicates that for the three bestselling property types - three and four-bed semis and two-bed apartments found when compared with the previous six months, there has been a drop of 1.34 percent for three bed semis and 1.68 percent for four bed semis. Two bed apartments have, on the other hand, seen an average increase of 1.35 percent, with the cities of Cork, Galway and Kilkenny experiencing a much higher increase for this property type.

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