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    15-Mar-2017

    Is Greystones the best place to live in Wicklow?

    Greystones is a beautiful coastal town in northern Wicklow. So beautiful, in fact, that the locals would claim that it’s the best place to live ...

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    15-Mar-2017

    Buying a house in Dooradoyle, Limerick

    Limerick is one of the most affordable cities in the globe to buy a home, according to a 2016 housing affordability survey. Fancy that! There has been...


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    14-Mar-2017

    9 things you need to know before buying a house in Newbridge

    While Newbridge is known around the world for its silverware, it’s also got an illustrious history of rope and carpet making. Of course, there&r...


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    14-Mar-2017

    Limerick city: the best value place to buy?

    The term ‘value’ is usually pretty relative. What seems like good value for a home in Manhattan might be 10 times what it is in Monaleen o...


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    14-Mar-2017

    16 things you didn’t know about the Help to Buy Scheme

    The Help to Buy scheme is the government’s answer to housing affordability in Ireland, and will be a big part of Budget 2017. The scheme will sw...


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    14-Mar-2017

    Budget introduces Help to Buy incentive worth up to €20,000 for first time buyers

    First time buyers were among the Budget 2017 winners with the announcement of a new tax rebate that could save them up to €20,000 on th...


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    14-Mar-2017

    How has the cost of buying a home changed for first time buyers?

    House prices may have increased in 2016 but the economic recovery and new loan regulations have shielded First Time Buyer (FTB) couples from rising pr...


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    14-Mar-2017

    5 things you will definitely put off this year

    We are all guilty of putting things on the long finger – whether it’s the Everest of clothes that needs ironing at the bottom of the bed o...


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    14-Mar-2017

    How to turn your child into a mini money manager

    Mark Twain once said that “the secret to getting ahead is getting started.” That’s especially true when it comes to teaching your ki...


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    14-Mar-2017

    How to turn your bucket list into reality in 5 steps

    You know those woeful Wednesdays when you’re stuck in work and nothing is going right? We all have them. You close your eyes and think of your h...


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    14-Mar-2017

    6 things your future self will thank you for

    At this time of year, everyone is on a self-improvement buzz. Whether it’s going to the gym every day or juicing every item of food in your hous...


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    10-Mar-2017

    10 signs you’re having Christmas in an Irish home

    Christmas is celebrated differently around the world. In Japan, for example, KFC is becoming a staple of Christmas dinner. In Austria, men dress up as...


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    10-Mar-2017

    7 ways black paint can transform your home this winter

    It’s fair to say that the Rolling Stones weren’t thinking about home décor when they penned their classic hit, “Paint it Blac...


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    10-Mar-2017

    Home Safe Home: 8 Step Winter Checklist for a secure home

    Winter isn’t coming, it’s officially here - which means dark evenings, perpetual pots of teas, onesies, and a firm attachment to our couch...


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    10-Mar-2017

    Top tips to reduce the cost of your home insurance

    If your home is your castle, think of home insurance as the moat that surrounds it and keeps all the stress and trouble at bay. No lord or lady of a c...


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    10-Mar-2017

    11 things that you didn’t know are covered by home insurance

    We all know that home insurance is a good thing but many of us are not entirely sure what our policy actually covers. If you were to take a pop quiz o...


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    10-Mar-2017

    7 signs you’ve gone wrong when painting a room

    There’s nothing like repainting your new house to stamp your personality on the place. This is especially true if the previous owner thought tha...


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    10-Mar-2017

    House ache: what to do when you and your partner can’t agree on a home

    Choosing which home to buy is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make so it’s no surprise that house hunting has tested many a relat...


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    10-Mar-2017

    Choosing the right bricks and mortar for your Self Build

    ‘Just WAIT until you hear this, dear. It’s just what we’ve been waiting for... Thermo blocks. Did you know they average 200mm in len...


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    10-Mar-2017

    Before I save for my first mortgage: the 5 step prep guide

    If you’re planning to run a 10k, it’s always a good idea to do a bit of training before you attempt the main event. You don’t have t...


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    10-Mar-2017

    7 Irish kitchens every home buyer needs to see

    Once just a room for practicalities and necessity, our attitudes towards the kitchen has really evolved over the years. In most old homes, the kitchen...


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    10-Mar-2017

    The first time buyer’s guide to repayment capacity

    ‘Ah, you learn something new every day.’ You’ve been on the road to buying your own home a few months now, and this phrase has taken...


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    10-Mar-2017

    5 signs every house hunter should look for in an area

    Everyone wants to buy their dream home but the reality is that no house exists in a vacuum. As the old saying goes, buy the worst house in a good neig...


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    09-Mar-2017

    5 Reasons to check out EBS’ 2% Back in Cash offer

      We’re all preconditioned to be suspicious of things that look too good to be true. So you’d be forgiven for thinking that nobody wo...


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    09-Mar-2017

    When the price is right: 5 steps to finding your target house price

      While you might be tempted to fall head over heels for a gorgeous house by the sea, you may need to hold your horses and check back in with rea...


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    09-Mar-2017

    5 things to know about moving to a joint mortgage

      There are various steps along the path to sharing your life with someone. From leaving a toothbrush in their place to having a drawer set aside...


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    09-Mar-2017

    The 5 arguments every first time buyer will have with their other half

      While love may be blind, you don’t want to run head first into home-buying with your eyes closed. And sure, most of the time you adore yo...


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    09-Mar-2017

    In negative equity: what are my options?

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    09-Mar-2017

    How to survive a house viewing in Ireland

    Buying season can be the house hunting equivalent of a battlefield with swathes of buyers to beat to the coveted prize. The proverbial battlefield is...


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    09-Mar-2017

    The first time buyers’ guide to the Government Action Plan for Housing

      Crisis? What crisis? You only have to look at high rents, low housing stock, and sluggish construction rates to know that the Irish housing mar...


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    09-Mar-2017

    When is the best time of the year to sell and why?

      “The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese,” as the saying goes. So much in life comes down to good or bad ...


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    09-Mar-2017

    How to prepare for your mortgage appointment

      Preparing for your first mortgage meeting doesn’t have to be an ordeal. It’s not like you’re training to fight Conor McGregor...


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    09-Mar-2017

    Calling in the trades: The essential guide for your self build

      Calling in the trades for your self build isn’t as simple as whipping out the yellow pages, hiring Bob the Builder up the road and a bunc...


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    09-Mar-2017

    7 ways to check if your dream house is built to last

      Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’re ever going to make – so you want a home that will stand the test of time. An...


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    09-Mar-2017

    The 7 biggest mistakes self builders make

      Building your own home can be one of the most rewarding things you can do, but there are pitfalls you need to watch out for – even for th...


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    09-Mar-2017

    5 signs it’s your first week in your new home

      They say your home is your castle but moving in can be a bit strange at first. It almost feels like you’re an invading force. It’s ...


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    09-Mar-2017

    5 reasons buying is better than renting

    Choosing a main course in a restaurant can be a stressful business. Do you want the chicken dish you know is a safe bet, or the more expensive and tas...


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    09-Mar-2017

    5 signs you’re ready to move in with partner

    The ‘m’ word. Agh! Why does it create ‘the fear’ amongst so many Irish couples? We’re talking about mortgages, of course...


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    09-Mar-2017

    4 Weekend Ideas for Deposit Savers

      “Saving for a mortgage deposit? That means no more going out. No spending money. Sure I’ll be sitting in watching two channels, dre...


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    09-Mar-2017

    What kind of first time buyer are you?

      As with everything in life, almost no two first time buyers are the same. Maybe one earns more money but is a woeful saver. Maybe another has h...


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    09-Mar-2017

    How to move back in with your Ma so you can start saving for a house

      Picture the scene: you dial the number and she picks up. “Hello mam,” you say, voice shaking, “I need to talk to you. It&rsqu...


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    08-Mar-2017

    How much deposit do I need to buy my first home?

      You've moved back home to your parents, you've cut back on nights out and you haven't had a holiday in years. Getting a deposit together is the...


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    08-Mar-2017

    7 ways to break the ice with the new neighbours

      It was once considered weird if you didn’t know the people who lived next door. Nowadays, it’s almost more unusual for new neighbou...


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    08-Mar-2017

    6 ways to save money when you’re moving home

      Congrats! You’re nearly all set for the big move into your new home. It’s an exciting time – and we don’t blame you if ...


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    08-Mar-2017

    5 things to fix before you apply for your mortgage in Ireland

      Will your first home be smaller than you hoped and located on the fringes of the area you really want to live in? Or will it be the house of yo...


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    08-Mar-2017

    With these keys I thee wed…buying a home before getting married

      First comes love...then comes mortgage.     More and more people are buying a home together before they get married. One America...


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    08-Mar-2017

    How much would you spend without telling your partner?

      “The most I would spend before telling Jonathan is...€1,000.”     That revelation was pure telly gold in RTE’s...


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    08-Mar-2017

    Can you get a mortgage in your 20s?

      While plenty of people might argue blind that ’30 is the new 20’, does that saying reflect in 20-somethings who want a mortgage of ...


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    08-Mar-2017

    8 steps to finding your perfect home location

      The TV show Location, Location, Location made Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer household names* - viewers couldn’t get enough o...


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    08-Mar-2017

    7 little things to check before you buy a house

      Picture this – it’s the first day in your new home. You spring out of bed and jump in the shower, prepared to belt out your favouri...


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    08-Mar-2017

    7 bad habits you need to kick to buy your first home

      So you’re all set and ready to buy your first home – and first on the list is getting mortgage approval. This all comes down to som...


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    08-Mar-2017

    4 essential tips for snagging your self build

    Are you planning to build your own home? If so, a change to the building regulations in Ireland may have major repercussions for your plans. It’...


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    08-Mar-2017

    Single and ready to mortgage: A quick guide to buying a house on your todd

      Getting a mortgage on your own can seem like a pipe dream.     While you might think you can’t get a mortgage by yourself, you&...


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    08-Mar-2017

    6 things your Irish Mammy will say when you're buying your first home – and why you should listen

      Buying your first home is a journey in itself – but the ride is made all the more exasperating with the fussing and ‘foostering&rsq...


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    08-Mar-2017

    6 home hacks to increase the size of a small space

      So you love your small space – you really do. Truth be known, you’re as snug as a bug in a rug.     However, if you&rsquo...


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    08-Mar-2017

    5 things that won’t actually ruin your mortgage application

    Despite what you may have heard, mortgage advisors don’t spend their spare time sitting in a lair somewhere, stroking their beard while devising...


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    08-Mar-2017

    Start the savings habit with a payday promise

    Most Irish people have good intentions when it comes to saving, especially during the long months when it’s five weeks between paydays. In 2017,...


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    08-Mar-2017

    12 ideas to help you save more money today

    No word sends a shiver of fear down anyone’s back quite like the word ‘budgeting’. It’s not remotely fun, to talk about or to ...


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    08-Mar-2017

    7 secrets of savvy savers

    Saving money is tough. Some people seem to have the knack for it but some of us really struggle. And sure, you have that one cousin Mary who still has...


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    08-Mar-2017 Savings-Deposits

    6 habits of really great savers in Ireland

    Saving money can seem like a big mountain to climb for a lot of people in Ireland. But the good news is you don't have to give up everything you love ...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    5 behaviours that will ruin your couples home savings plan

      Talking about buying your first home was so exciting at the beginning – and romantic. Ah, it was easy to make shiny-eyed promises over a ...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    4 signs you’re ready to buy your own home

      “A home of my own.” Funny how one sentence can be music to some people’s ears, but will instil the fear of god in others. Tha...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    The top 6 things to do when you get the keys to your new home

      You’ve finally got the keys to your new home, and you’re as excited as a kid at Christmas. But where do you even begin? You’...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    I'm saving more than he is - How to create a fair home savings plan

      Before you started saving for your new home, you and your partner both sat down and formed a well-thought out savings plan. Ah yes, it was all ...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    How to trade up to a house when your apartment is driving you mad

      Hands up if you could be called an apartmentaler – yes, that’s those of you whose apartments are driving you mental!     ...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Debunking the 7 biggest mortgage myths

      The idea of a mortgage is a relatively simple concept. You ask a lending institute for a home loan, they see if you can afford it, and then len...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    7 things you should expect in the first month in your new home

      You’ve just crossed the threshold of your new home and you’re feeling like the lord or lady of the manor. But what can you expect f...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    7 things that make your house impossible to sell

      Like your mum always said: you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. You’ve presented yourself like a responsibl...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    7 hidden costs to consider when buying your next home in Ireland

      When you first saw your house, you thought ‘This is cosy’. But the charm has faded – now your home is bursting at the seams, ...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    7 things only Irish house hunters will understand

      The excitement of buying your first home may have been dampened every-so-slightly after those first five viewings.     Your expectati...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    5 habits that will help you get your first mortgage

      The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: so said Chinese philosopher Laozi.     Getting a mortgage isn’t quit...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Love at first viewing: 5 signs you’ve fallen in love with a house

      Your heart is beating fast, flush in your chest. Your hands are sweaty in nervous anticipation, but you’re sure. This is the one for you....


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    EBS DKM Index reveals mortgage affordability in every county in Ireland

      Mortgage affordability for First Time Buyers (FTBS) continues to improve, says a new study by consultants DKM for EBS (Jan 2016). &nb...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    7 signs you need to move out of your parent’s house

      There comes the right stage in life when it’s time to flee the nest. But sometimes, that stage can drag on a little longer than it should...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    What you need to know about buying a house in Limerick

    Limerick is a city that has many claims to fame but it’s probably best known as the unofficial “Sports Capital of Ireland”. The cit...


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    07-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    A guide to buying a home in Portlaoise

      Portlaoise is making a name for itself as one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland and as a place that can also attract the biggest A-List c...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    A quick guide to buying a house in Mullingar

    Not many towns in Ireland can claim to have been named after a miracle. But Mullingar in Co Westmeath supposedly owes its name to the legendary feats ...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    A house buyer’s guide to Dun Laoghaire

    Dun Laoghaire was traditionally known as the “Gateway of Ireland” and the harbour town’s inviting East coast location made it an obv...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    What you need to know about buying a house in Crumlin

      There must be something in the water in Crumlin because this Dublin village has produced a lot of Irish icons.   Its famous sons include ...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Why Cork is a great place to buy a home

      Ask any Cork person where the real capital of Ireland is and you’ll get very short odds on their answer!     Cork City has plen...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    How to get serious about saving without sacrificing your social life

      Now that you’re saving for a mortgage, you’ll have to say goodbye to all your friends and become a social outcast. Only joking! Of ...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    3 Questions to ask your partner before saving for your first home

      Would you rather discuss the dishwasher rota than who is paying the gas bill? Many Irish couples find it difficult to discuss saving plans and ...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    If we had an extra hour in the day

      What would you do with an extra hour in your day? Would you spend it on 'me-time', catch up on the soaps, take a well-deserved nap, or pop to t...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    The Irish and their time keeping

      We've all done it. You've just told your mate you're in the taxi, but really you're still in the shower. Or, you're 'on the way' and you've jus...


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    03-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Men vs Women

      The battle of the sexes has raged since the dawn of man. Who's the better driver, who's tidier, or who's better at being on time?    ...


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    02-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Why Dundalk is the perfect place to buy a house

    Dundalk has always been a town of strategic importance. As a gateway to the north, the area is the setting for the classic tale of Irish mytholog...


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    02-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    How to get the best deal when buying a house in Rathfarnham

    Rathfarnham is the ideal location for a growing family.   It's the classic, long-established, south Dublin suburb with good transport, ameni...


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    02-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Killiney Property Secrets – how to find the right home for you

      You don't have to be a millionaire rock star to buy a home in Killiney.     It's true that local residents have included Ch...


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    02-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    The home-buyer’s guide to Dublin’s Whitehall

    If you want advice on buying a house in Whitehall, there's no better woman to ask than the manager of the local EBS branch. "Pure Whitehall"...


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    02-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    I want to buy a house in Stillorgan - what do I need to know?

    Big houses have always been a feature of the Stillorgan landscape. There were 24 mansions listed in the area in an 1837 survey. Just over ha...


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    01-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Everything you need to know about buying a house in Tallaght

    Reasonable prices and a huge selection of homes are the main attractions of Dublin 24. Around 200 properties were listed on Myhome.ie as we ...


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    01-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    10 minutes from the city – why Phibsboro is a great option for First Time Buyers

    Located a mile from the city centre, Phibsboro has been popular with renters and home-owners for well over a century. The area's housing stock mainly ...


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    01-Mar-2017 Mortgages

    Buying a house in Malahide? Read this first

    Castles, yachts, watersports, great restaurants, a nice beach and a buzzing social scene.... What's not to like about Malahide? From a home-buyers poi...


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    28-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    How to buy your first home in Wilton, Co. Cork

      Wilton is one of Cork city's busiest and most bustling suburbs, and at its very hub and heart is one of the country's largest hospitals, the sp...


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    28-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    5 things you need to know before buying in Drumcondra

      A presidential pub, a bishop's palace, a builder with a century-old reputation still intact and Ireland's biggest sports arena – Dru...


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    28-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    Urban living – can I afford to buy a house in the hipster capital?

    The four-story Georgian splendor of Baggot Street isn't the usual target market for First Time Buyers (FTBs). But that's no reason not to ca...


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    17-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    Why you should buy your first home in Swords

    Why buy an apartment when you can buy a potential family home for almost the same price in Swords? North County Dublin is far less costly than it...


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    17-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    Is Douglas the best place to live in County Cork?

    Douglas is a real hot-spot for Cork home buyers and was one of the first places to see house prices rise after the slump. One of the main reasons for ...


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    17-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    I want to buy a house in Blanchardstown – what do I need to know?

    Go West young buyer, go West. The catch-cry is old but still holds true in one way for First Time Buyers (FTBs). They can get a family-sized home at a...


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    17-Feb-2017 Mortgages

    The essential guide to buying a home in Navan

    What have Tommy Tiernan, Pierce Brosnan and Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort got in common*? Not a lot. But they do all hail from...


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