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    18-Oct-2017 financial_review

    7 scary facts that will make you want to start a pension

    What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word ‘pension’? Maybe it’s ‘financial hassle’ or...

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    18-Oct-2017 financial_review

    Self-employed? Tips on paying less tax and contributing to your pension at the same time

    The scariest time of the year is sneaking up on us yet again just like a blood-thirsty vampire. No, not Halloween – it’s the simultaneous ...


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    18-Oct-2017 financial_review

    Your 30-something pension checklist and essential how to guide

    How long is your task list? If you’re an Irish 30-something, it’s potentially as long as your arm, and growing by the hour. It might look ...


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    03-Oct-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    Top foodies’ kitchen must-haves

    Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland meant a change in the mindset for many Irish people. Frugality was the name of the game, with many swapping dining out for r...


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    03-Oct-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    Home office ideas to steal from Irish CEOs

    One of the wonderful perks of living in the online age is the option of working from home. This could be the reason for your house hunt, or a home off...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    4 genius tricks to speed up your mortgage application

    No matter how old you are, the phrase ‘mortgage application’ can be a bit scary. And sure, the mortgage application process involves savin...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    5 reasons Dundalk is the perfect location for commuters

    Like many Irish towns, Dundalk has a storied history. As a long-standing area of strategic importance, many a battle has been waged there. Trace its h...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    7 tasks that will save Irish home buyers months of hassle

    There’s a famous line from an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song that says: “Home is wherever I’m with you.” And sure, ...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    8 questions to ask yourself before buying a home with your partner

    Is there any task quite so relationship-trying as building your first piece of flatpack furniture together? You’ll unpack the pieces with excite...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The city girl’s guide to gardening

    If you live in the city, you’ll know all about the struggle to get your greenery fix. As a hobby, gardening is relaxing, productive and can prov...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The commuter’s guide to buying in Naas

    If you’ve ever watched an RTÉ report on the travails of commuters making the trip to Dublin, you’ve likely seen a shot of Naas&rsqu...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The Mortgage Master truth detector: Mortgage Approval in a matter of weeks (true or false)

    You know how it is: you open your social media newsfeed, and there’s smug Eimer and her boyfriend Kev standing in front of their new home, compl...


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    22-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    What to do if you earn more than your partner when it comes to a joint mortgage

    The two of the biggest signifiers of adulthood begin with the letter ‘m’: ‘marriage’ and ‘mortgage’. These things ...


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    04-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    10 home nightmares from your college digs you never want to see again

    Ah, college. The era of crazy nights out, desperate scrambles to hand in assignments on time, and bad decisions that seemed like a great idea at the t...


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    04-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    10 home items that prove you’re finally an adult

    Sometimes, adulthood can arrive very suddenly. One day you’re hit with the incomprehensible thought that all your friends are engaged or married...


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    04-Sep-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    To build or to buy? The ultimate Mortgage Master test for Irish home hunters

    It’s everybody’s dream to own their own home – somewhere to unwind and relax and get away from it all. So, if you are lucky enough t...


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    30-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    Three (realistic) IKEA hacks to transform your house this weekend

    Dreaming about doing up a home of your very own? What many don’t realise when they buy their first home, is that there are some hidden costs in ...


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    30-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    What are the ultimate house deal-breakers? EBS ask 7 Dubliners

    You learn from your own mistakes, that’s for sure. But isn’t learning from other people’s mistakes a lot easier? We think so. When b...


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    24-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    One seasonal interior trend you cannot afford to miss

    Over the past couple of years, the classy pairing of copper and white marble have taken over not only interior catalogues, but the stationery and beau...


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    24-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    How to childproof your new home

    Children are a blessing – there’s no doubt about it. It’s a saying that’s spawned an entire cottage industry to embroider such...


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    23-Aug-2017 self-builder

    5 quick Mortgage Master tips every self builder needs to hear

    First things first; congrats on being able to start your build. With the current climate in Ireland, even getting to a stage where you are ready to ma...


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    22-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    11 budget bedroom updates you need this year

    If redecorating your whole home is out of the picture, might we suggest that you prioritise and simply add some updates to the room you’ll likel...


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    22-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    9 reasons the Hygge trend is oh so Irish

    If you’ve been anywhere near a bookshop lately, you’ll know that books hailing the Danish concept of hygge are selling like hotcakes. And ...


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    22-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    7 things to do before showing your home to buyers

    You’ve decided to part ways with the humble abode that served you well. Though tears will be shed, your house has been a stop-gap for brilliant ...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    5 tips for buying the best value double glazed windows for your home

    “A house without books is like a room without windows,” said iconic education reformist Horace Mann. And whether you’re a book worm,...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    5 visual tricks home sellers might play on you: beware!

    We’ve all bought something in a shop that doesn’t fit as soon as you get it home and try it on. Now imagine if you made that mistake when ...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    How long will it take to build my own home from foundation to finish?

    We’ve all seen those tragic Grand Designs episodes where the build goes on for years – and toddlers in cribs when filming started are in s...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    Mortgages for the self-employed: taboos you should break

    Certain taboos run riot in Irish society. If someone tells you that your hair looks good, it’s a must that you reply with, “Ah stop, I loo...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The house hunter’s guide to nabbing a new build with the Help to Buy scheme

    Moving into a brand-new house is the dream, isn’t it? You’ll have that new-house smell, all the appliances will be sparkling, and you can ...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The mortgage stress test: everything you need to know

    Have you ever asked yourself the question, ‘What if?’ We’re sure you have. When we are faced with an important decision, we automati...


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    21-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    The no clue guide to planning permission in Ireland

    Self builds are great. They give you the freedom to dream big and make sure your new home is fairytale perfect. It’s easy to start planning your...


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    21-Aug-2017

    Lending activity is on the up for first time buyers – EBS DKM Index shows

    According to a new study for EBS d.a.c by DKM Economic Consultants, lending activity is up for first time buyers, partially due to the softening of th...


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    18-Aug-2017 First-Time-Buyer

    4 home buying disasters you can avoid

    When the average Irish person thinks of disasters, their mind usually zips to films about extinction-level events. We certainly never think of home bu...


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    21-Jul-2017

    7 essential questions you’ll be glad you asked at a house viewing

    There is nothing more exciting than going to have a look at a new house. You never know what’s behind that door – it could be the home tha...


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    21-Jul-2017

    A-rated: 7 ways your self build can ace its BER exam

    Eco-friendly self builds were once something you’d only see on Grand Designs, as someone exhausted their life savings on building materials that...


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    21-Jul-2017

    New home New home OCD: 5 tactics to get over the clean-fanatic

    We all love to give a new house a good scrub when we move in. It might be to banish any memories of the previous tenants, or it might be because you w...


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    21-Jul-2017

    The guide to pet-proofing your new home

    It can sometimes feel like your pets are furry children so it’s no surprise that many pet parents’ first priority is to pet-proof a new ho...


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    17-Jul-2017

    5 credit sins that may not affect your chances of getting a mortgage

    The credit rating system. Very few things inspire a shudder of fear quite like those four words. Especially when you’re applying for a mortgage,...


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    17-Jul-2017

    Signs Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen may have lived in your home

    Ah, the marmite of 90s interior design: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen*. Viewers of BBC classics such as Changing Rooms and DIY SOS loved to hate his flamboy...


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    14-Jul-2017

    4 eyesores in every new home - and how to fix them

    Moving into a new home is never going to be a tidy affair. Once the excitement settles and it’s time to get stuck in to really making your home ...


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    14-Jul-2017

    The Mortgage Master Special: how to master the Help to Buy scheme as a couple

    Buying your first home is a huge step. We know that. The process is long and you’ve saved more money than you ever have before for a deposit. Ph...


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    14-Jul-2017

    How to feel the fear and buy anyway: EBS Mortgage Master guide

    Here at EBS, we take the mantle of ‘Mortgage Master’ very seriously. Unlike other financial institutions, we don’t get bogged down w...


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    14-Jul-2017

    Mortgage Master 101: 5 steps to mastering your deposit

    ‘We’ll never save a deposit – it’s sooo hard!’ How many times has an EBS Mortgage Master heard this one? We’ll be ...


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    07-Jul-2017

    The home buyers guide to Wexford

    Wexford may be famous for its strawberries but it turns out that the town is also the spiritual birthplace of Zorro. The masked swordsman is said to h...


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    07-Jul-2017

    How to buy a house in Nenagh

    Nenagh was originally a market town and takes its name from the Irish, Aonach Urmhumhan which means ‘The Fair of Ormond’, a reference to t...


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    07-Jul-2017

    Buying a house in Mitchelstown? Here’s what you need to know

    If you’re going to tease the people of Mitchelstown about cheese, it had better be good – they’ve heard the best and worst of c...


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    07-Jul-2017

    7 things everyone who buys a house in Killarney should know

    Kerry is one of just a handful of Irish counties with international ‘brand’ recognition, and that’s not just down to the butter that...


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    06-Jul-2017

    Trading Up in Ennis: why it’s 'The Greatest,' and where’s best to buy?

    Musical Ennis strikes a chord with that famous refrain in the Christy Moore* song about Co. Clare’s Lisdoonvarna: “we go there, ...


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    06-Jul-2017

    The homebuyers guide to Clonmel

    Don’t mess with the people of Clonmel – Tipperary’s county town! In medieval times, the citizens of the town took on Cromwell and wo...


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    06-Jul-2017

    Buying a house in Kenmare? Here’s what to expect

    Kenmare is one of the best communities in the world to retire to. But don’t just take it from us – this claim was made by none other than ...


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    06-Jul-2017

    Buying a house in Cahirciveen? Read this first

    You don’t need to be John B Keane to tell a great story about the town of Cahirciveen.   Picture this: after a devastating almost-decade of...


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    06-Jul-2017

    5 reasons to buy a house in Ballincollig

    The Irish economy needs bright spots – and as it happens, Cork’s Ballincollig is a role model contender. A one-time ‘village’ ...


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    06-Jul-2017

    5 things you need to know before buying a home in Ashbourne

    Forget about the taking of the Four Courts or Jacob’s factory during 1916. It was Ashbourne in Meath that played host to one of the most memorab...


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    27-Jun-2017

    10 mortgage master commandments that haven’t changed since 1935

    EBS have been helping Irish communities find homes since 1935. That’s a whole lotta mortgages! So, it’s not surprising that our EBS Mortga...


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    27-Jun-2017

    9 real mortgage moments from Irish buyers

    Buying a new home can be an emotional rollercoaster. We should know – our EBS Mortgage Masters have been helping Irish communities all over Irel...


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    27-Jun-2017

    Mortgage Master 101: decades of home buying expertise wrapped up

    If you’re reading this article, you’re more than likely thinking about owning a home of your own. It might not be right now – but it...


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    26-Jun-2017

    The ultimate guide to buying a house in Castleisland

    There’s only a couple of thousand people living in Castleisland, but the community punches above its weight thanks to a nexus crossroads setting...


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    26-Jun-2017

    7 things to know before buying a home in Lucan

    Lucan shot to fame after a sulphurous spring was discovered there in 1758, with people travelling to the spa from all over to seek a cure for a variet...


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    19-Jun-2017

    Why you might want to buy in Newcastle West

    Many Irish towns have quiet claims to fame, and some get overlooked or forgotten along the way. Such is the case of Newcastle West’s pioneering ...


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    19-Jun-2017

    Urban living at a rural pace in Naas

    The turn off for Naas on the M7 is marked by a giant black ball appropriately titled 'Perpetual Motion’. And that’s a good way to describe...


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    19-Jun-2017

    The essential guide to buying a house in Longford

    On Christmas Day 2009, disaster struck in Longford when the long-standing St Mel’s Cathedral was destroyed by a fire. An appeal went out to movi...


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    19-Jun-2017

    How to buy a house in Listowel

    Throw a stone in Listowel and it’s likely you’ll raise a lump on a writer’s head: the place is full of scribes, especially in e...


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    19-Jun-2017

    The homebuyers’ guide to Letterkenny

    Rumour has it that Disney chose Malin Head to shoot parts of the new Star Wars film, in what should be a major tourism boost for the area. Of course, ...


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    19-Jun-2017

    Is Donegal the best value place to live in Ireland?

    Historical royalty runs through Donegal’s blood: Donegal Town is the traditional seat of power for Tír Chonaill and was the former stompi...


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    19-Jun-2017

    Can I afford to live in Dalkey?

    We’ve never been to a local resident’s meeting in Dalkey – but we can only imagine it would resemble a ‘who’s who’...


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    16-Jun-2017

    Can I really afford to buy a house in West Cork? The First Time Buyer’s Guide to Clonakilty

    People from outside the area might think they have an idea of where, or what kind of place West Cork is, but really, how can they? Even we locals are ...


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    16-Jun-2017

    5 things you need to know about buying a house in Castlebar

    One of Castlebar’s most celebrated sons found fame by inventing a torpedo, a helicopter and a monorail locomotive. Inventor Louis Philip Brennan...


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    16-Jun-2017

    Is Carlow the best place to live in Dublin's commuter belt?

    Ireland’s second smallest county punches well above its weight: George Bernard Shaw inherited substantial property in Carlow, and Walt Disney's ...


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    16-Jun-2017

    7 things only people who buy a house in Athlone will know

    For those who like to be in the middle of things, Athlone is the place to be. Set on the Shannon, in the heart of the country, its location makes it a...


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    13-Jun-2017

    5 reasons you’ll want to live in Raheny

    Patron saints are normally associated with countries, but one North Dublin suburb can boast its very own patron saint. Raheny even has two churches n...


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    13-Jun-2017

    7 reasons why everyone wants to live in Sligo

    Sligo is a magical place to live; there’s a spot in the shadow of the mountains that proves it. The “Magic Hill” is one of those rar...


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    13-Jun-2017

    Buying a house in Tipperary – all you need to know

    Tipperary town (which shares its name with the premier county) was made famous by the song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” The song...


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    13-Jun-2017

    Buying your first home in Waterford? Read this guide first

    Perhaps the strangest bit of trivia about Waterford is the claim that the first frogs in Ireland were introduced by the Franciscan Friars in the city....


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    13-Jun-2017

    Dublin 11 - maturing area is great option for families

    According to legend, St Patrick once sanctified the land on which Finglas now stands and prophesised that a great town would one day rise from the spo...


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    13-Jun-2017

    Dundrum – the jewel in Dublin’s crown

    Mention Dundrum to anyone in Ireland and the chances are that the first thing they’ll think of is the shopping centre. Over the last decade, the...


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    13-Jun-2017

    Family living in Galway – what the city has to offer

    Galway is a city that knows a thing or two about the importance of family. The “Tribes” of Galway were 14 merchant families who ran the ci...


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    13-Jun-2017

    The Ultimate Homebuyers’ Guide to Tralee

    With its 800th birthday around the corner, it’s no surprise that Tralee is in party mode. Then again, it’s often Festival Time in Tralee. ...


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    13-Jun-2017

    I want to live in Gorey - what you need to know

    Gorey is one of the fastest growing places in the south west. It’s no surprise that so many people have decided to make a home there in recent y...


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    13-Jun-2017

    Why you might just want to buy a house in Dingle

    Ask a Dingle native why they love the place and they’ll quickly say for the beauty. Locals don’t need to ‘argue’ the case for ...


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    31-May-2017

    5 signs your kitchen needs a renovation

    ‘The kitchen is the heart if the home.’ Ah. How nice. What you don’t hear as often is ‘The kitchen is the room of mayhem.&rsqu...


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    31-May-2017

    6 handy tips on how to save when 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 you&rsq...


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    31-May-2017

    8 home appliances that will save you 10 hours a week

    “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want,” as the famous Calvin and Hobbes line goes. It’s certainly a convin...


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    31-May-2017

    9 things you can’t live without in the first week of your new home

    You’ve survived! Okay so maybe a couple of plates were smashed in transit and you’ve had a teary argument with your other half about where...


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    31-May-2017

    7 ways your self build can ace its BER exam

    A-rated: 7 ways your self build can ace its BER exam Eco-friendly self builds were once something you’d only see on Grand Designs, as someone ex...


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    31-May-2017

    How to woo an estate agent to get the house of your dreams

    Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question, or so said philosopher Albert Camus. With that in mind, it mak...


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    31-May-2017

    Insulating your self build: What you need to know

    Gone are the days when your mammy wouldn’t let you out of the house on a cold day without a thick, warm jacket, woolly hat and gloves. You&rsqu...


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    31-May-2017

    Selling your home? The ultimate guide to clinching the deal

    So you’re selling your house – and you want potential buyers to fall in love with it. Not an easy feat! Because, let’s face it: it ...


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    31-May-2017

    The hardest decisions you have to make when decorating your first home

    So you’ve just bought your first home, you’ve picked up the keys and now it’s time to decide what to do with this blank canvas. Deco...


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    26-May-2017

    7 home buying secrets from a top Irish designer

    Buying a house comes with a lot of think-time and many believe it’s not entirely a money issue. Sure, getting mortgage approved is a big step, b...


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    26-May-2017

    15-minute DIY hacks you’ll want to try

    One of the earliest recorded examples of DIY dates back the 6th Century BC, following the discovery of a Greek structure in southern Italy which came ...


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    26-May-2017

    7 signs of love in an Irish home

    Ah, there’s nothing quite like an Irish home. Perpetual cups of tea, guarding the immersion with our lives and boiled 7UP when we’re sick....


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    26-May-2017

    7 ways to make your spring clean last all year

    Heaven knows that 2016 hasn’t exactly been seen as the most positive year, so we’re only too glad to be able to clear it out. We’re ...


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    26-May-2017

    15-minute DIY hacks you’ll want to try

    DIYs are great. They’re fun for kids, inexpensive and if your creations turn out well, you get to enjoy the smug feeling of thinking you’r...


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    26-May-2017

    Buying a home before selling your old one: Is it the right move?

    So which came first: the chicken or the egg? It’s the kind of mind-boggling question that will keep you awake long into the night as you conside...


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    26-May-2017

    Get fit from home: 6 hacks for creating a fitness space

    There’s nothing quite like the nerves you get when you realise it’s almost the end of the year and you still haven’t fulfilled your ...


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    26-May-2017

    7 ways to decorate your white walls

    One of the go-to sayings for DIYers is that the only paint colour worse than (the landlord favourite) magnolia is white. So boring, so cold. And yet, ...


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    26-May-2017

    Choosing the right architect when building your home

    Very few things are more exciting than building your own home. Sure, there’s a lot of work and energy involved, but think about it. You get to ...


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    26-May-2017

    The waiting game: what to expect from sale agreed to drawdown

    Buying your home is one of the biggest steps you can take in your adult life. Yet not many people know what happens between the time you put in a succ...


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    26-May-2017

    When is the right time to talk to a mortgage advisor – and why

    Time, time, time. We never have enough of it, it seems. So many of us put things on the back burner and make the old ‘Ah, I’ll get around ...


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    26-May-2017

    Why a pre-mortgage meeting could be a godsend for a First Time

    “If I talk to a bank before I have my finances in order, I’ll ruin all my chances of getting a mortgage.” If you’re a first t...


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    22-May-2017

    3 space saving solutions to make you love your bathroom again

    Most of us have endured the curse of a tiny bathroom at some stage in our lives. Maybe you served your time in the trenches in a college flat or a &ld...


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    22-May-2017

    4 reasons buying in a commuter town is the right move

    What once was an ‘are-you-having-a-laugh?’ concept has become very common as city slickers move sticks out to the commuter belt. And for a...


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    22-May-2017

    5 interior design skills that all fashion lovers can relate to

    “I had to choose a classic design for the Decoupage…” Yes, the world of interior design can be intimidating. Some people believe i...


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    22-May-2017

    5 tips from a mortgage advisor about switching mortgages

    Imagine walking past a €100 note and refusing to pick it up because it seems like too much effort. That might sound ridiculous but that’s ...


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    22-May-2017

    8 clever cleaning cheats for new homes

    There are two types of people in this world: those who like to clean (and almost use it as a type of exercise) and those who don’t. The idea of ...


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    22-May-2017

    Fuelling your self build: 5 factors to consider when building your own home

    Carbon footprints, going green, and eco warriors. They all sound like galactic warriors in some kind of sci-fi, but eco-efficiency is set to be a huge...


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    22-May-2017

    How to switch your mortgage in 40 days without the hassle – the ultimate guide

    There’s always something satisfying about finding money down the back of the couch but imagine you were sitting on thousands of euros and simply...


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    22-May-2017

    5 legal tips renters should know

    The rental sector in Ireland is something of a touchy subject at the minute. There have been tetchy Dáil debates and a never-ending supply of ...


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    22-May-2017

    Stamp Duty 101: The home buyers’ guide

    So you’ve scrimped and saved and now you’ve pulled together enough money for the deposit of your dream home. Congrats! But there may be a ...


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    22-May-2017

    Your ultimate prep guide for home-buying season

    New year, new you. Maybe even a new house? The new year is the time for taking chances and getting your ducks in a row. You’ve already done the...


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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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    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...


    saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    09-Mar-2017

    In negative equity: what are my options?

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  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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 ...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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 ...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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 ...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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 ...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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’...


  • saving

    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&...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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...


    saving

    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...


  • saving

    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,...


    saving

    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 ...


  • saving

    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 ha...


    saving

    08-Mar-2017

    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 ...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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 ...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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’...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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 ...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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!     ...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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, ...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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....


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    07-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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 ...


    saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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 ...


    saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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 ...


    saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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 ...


  • saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    03-Mar-2017

    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?    ...


    saving

    02-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    02-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    02-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    02-Mar-2017

    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"...


    saving

    02-Mar-2017

    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...


  • saving

    01-Mar-2017

    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 ...


    saving

    01-Mar-2017

    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 ...


  • saving

    01-Mar-2017

    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...


    saving

    28-Feb-2017

    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...


  • saving

    28-Feb-2017

    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...


    saving

    28-Feb-2017

    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...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    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...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    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 ...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    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...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    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...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    Why Clontarf is one of the most popular locations in Dublin

      The battle of Clontarf was bloody and fiercely-fought with no quarter asked and none given. No, not the one where Brian Boru beat the...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    9 reasons everyone wants to live in Ranelagh and Rathmines

    There's something special about Dublin 6 that makes buyers willing to pay quite a lot of money to live there. Killiney – home to Bono ...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    11 reasons you’ll want to live in Drogheda

    Anyone who went to school in north Leinster may have vivid memories of Drogheda. We were bussed there in our thousands to view Ireland's most fam...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    Buying a house in Skerries – is this the best move you could make?

    A few seaside villages in Dublin have their own islands. Howth has Ireland's Eye, Malahide looks onto Lambay and Dalkey Island is called after its mai...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    How to buy in Dublin city centre without a massive mortgage

    An urban lifestyle sipping cappuccinos in hipster cafes and strolling into work in five minutes sounds very nice. But it's just one of the reasons mor...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    7 problems to look for in second hand homes in Ireland

      You’d love a home with a bit of character that you can put your own stamp on. But how do you go about sussing out a second-hand house? N...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    What colours will help sell my home?

      For anyone who has ever viewed a house painted in a fetching shade of pink or bedazzled with retro wallpaper, you’ll know the lasting imp...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    The beginners guide to buying a house at auction in Ireland

      Nothing in the home-buying process can quite match the excitement of an auction. Private treaty sales are usually long drawn out affairs. The b...


  • saving

    17-Feb-2017

    How new legislation will impact your home building project

      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. Ir...


    saving

    17-Feb-2017

    Which renovations add the most value to your home?

      Though the real estate market has suffered its knockbacks in recent years, in some parts of the country, housing is still a hot commodity. The ...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    How not to sell your home - 7 things that will put buyers off

      So you’ve decided to sell your home and suddenly you’re in a desperate rush to remember all of Kirstie and Phil’s tips from&n...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    7 ways to update your home for under a grand

      If you’re addicted to home makeover shows like Neville’s Doorstep Challenge, you’ll probably already know you can do a l...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    5 things that lenders look for before giving you a mortgage

      Getting mortgage approval is not quite as simple as saving a deposit, filling out a form and being handed a couple of hundred thousand euros, t...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    Unusual houses - A church, a castle and a mansion. Would you buy this house?

    Fancy living in a castle a church or even a watchtower? For those of you who were inspired by the Forbes list of 12 Strange and Unusual Houses, ...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    7 things you need to know before building your home

      Building your own home is like running a small business. You need to be a master of organising and keeping on top of the budget. Naturally buil...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    How do I get a home renovation grant in Ireland?

      Free Government money? Yes, we thought that would get your attention! Many homeowners who thought that their 2006 home purchase would have been...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    How to pick an estate agent to sell your home in Ireland

      So you're trading up at last? The value of your first home has finally risen out of negative equity and you can shop around for a bigger one wi...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    7 clever questions you should always ask your estate agent

      You've just gotten your mortgage approval in principle from EBS so you can't wait to start looking for your new home. In fact you've trawled ev...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    How to finance your self build home in Ireland

      You've found the perfect plot of land in a little corner of Ireland that you can't stop thinking about. Now you want to build your own home. Bu...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    Savvy savings tips to be mortgage ready in 12 months

    If you're saving for a mortgage an extra €3,000 a year would probably go a long way to reaching your savings goal. If you focus on what you're sp...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    9 must do searches before buying your house in Ireland

    You've just seen your dream home: a three-bed semi in beautiful condition. It has a conservatory, jacuzzi-bath tub and an attic conversion. And, incre...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    9 things every first time home buyer should know

      So you're all set to buy your first home. You've scrimped and saved for years to get a deposit watching the market go down and then up. Now, ar...


  • saving

    16-Feb-2017

    Can you really buy a house in Ireland for under €100k?

      Are there still bargains to be snapped up in the property market in Ireland? On a nationwide basis, the answer is most definitely yes. Soaring ...


    saving

    16-Feb-2017

    The 30-minute sitting room makeover to beat the blues

    If your new year’s resolution is to live in a beautiful space, but you don’t quite have the budget or time, then you’re reading the ...


  • saving

    07-Feb-2017

    7 Irish home trends for 2017

    Whether you’re building or renovating, a new year is always an exciting time to make some decorating decisions. Before your head off on your spr...


    saving

    03-Feb-2017

    Secrets to buying in Blackrock

    The Rock Road in Blackrock was once a notorious blackspot for highwaymen but you won’t see many robbers on horseback there these days. The arriv...


  • saving

    02-Feb-2017

    6 reasons you will want to live in Artane

    It seems Artane has more celebrities than any other area of Dublin. There’s former Westlifer Brian Mc Fadden*, Dublin GAA goalkeeper Stephen Clu...


    saving

    02-Feb-2017

    How to buy your first home in Arklow

    What does one of the greatest minds of the second century, an international rock star, a famous transatlantic voyage and an Olympic hero all have in c...


  • saving

    30-Jan-2017

    5 ways Bray is a great place to buy a house

    Bray was once famous for being Irelands largest seaside resort but the north Wicklow town is probably best known for its home-grown talent these days....


    saving

    25-Jan-2017

    4 easy ways to save on your mortgage this year

    Anyone who has gone through the torture of saving for a deposit knows how important every penny can be. You’ve looked on with envy as your co-wo...


  • saving

    11-Jan-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...


    saving

    01-Jan-2017

    11 reasons to live in Kilkenny

    While you might know Kilkenny for its hurling legacy or its black limestone that lends it the nickname of ‘marble city’, the county’...


  • saving

    23-Jun-2016

    What is the EBS 2% Back in Cash offer? Everything you need to know

    Unless you’re a Frugal Fred, saving for a mortgage can be tough going. You’ll have your general day-to-day expenses, the hidden costs and ...


    saving

    23-Jun-2016

    Murphy's Law

    “Oh, there’s so much choice. I couldn’t possibly choose between the affordable terraced house and those bay windows in the semi D.&r...


  • saving

    23-Jun-2016

    7 ways Irish house buyers can use EBS 2% Back in Cash

    There’s nothing nicer than finding €20 in your wallet’s secret compartment or the back of your handbag. It may be your money but it s...


    saving

    28-Sep-2015

    The Big Survey of Irish Time

    'I'll be there now, in a minute!' The best Irish phrases from 'The Big Survey of Irish Time.' Have you ever been asked to 'hang on a minute'? If you'r...


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