Are you planning to move home? A recent survey by KBC Bank revealed that almost a quarter of young homeowners living in Ireland, aged between 25 and 40 years plan to up size within the next year. Some of the reasons include a need for more space, wanting to live in a more desirable location or wanting to live closer to family. The survey also found that on average first time buyers aim to spend close to €200,000 on their first home.
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Great news for Irish mortgage holders as AIB announce a reduction of 0.25% in their standard variable mortgage rate. The reduction will apply to both new and existing customers and will benefit around 150,000 customers of AIB, EBS and Haven. Although the reduction doesn’t sound like much in percentage terms, it is now the third in ten months and means that a €200,000 mortgage holder could save close to €1,000 per year. For more information on the reduction and to see how you could benefit, click here.
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Good news for rural homeowners in Ireland as the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White announces that he expects every household to be connected to high speed broadband by 2020. The project will cost the Government in the region of €400 to €500 million and will bring broadband to over 1,000 towns and villages throughout the country. The minimum speed for each household will be 30Mbps and it is anticipated that 1.6m homes will be connected by 2016. For more information on the areas affected see broadband.gov.ie.
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A number of anti water charge protests took part across the country today as protesters expressed their anger for the new charges. The structure of the new water charges will cost the Exchequer a total of €84 million per year. This cost is made up of the Government compensating Irish Water for introducing the new lower domestic charge cap and also the cost of the water conversion grant for non Irish Water customers. Mr Alan Kelly announced the chargers today as follows; single-adult household to be capped at €160 a year, €260 cap on all other households and eligible houses will receive a €100 Water Conversion Grant. You can find more information on the water charges at www.citizensinformation.ie.
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Water service charges across the country were applied from 1 October 2014 and the first bill is now set to arrive on our doorsteps in Jan 2015. Some household insurance companies are now concerned at the large bills homeowners are facing as a result of burst pipes. Despite Irish water guaranteeing to fix the first leak that occurs in a garden free of charge, leaks in the home or a second leak will be the responsibility of the owner and liable to a large bill for any loss of metered water. Allianz have said that they have increase it’s home insurance policy to include loss of metered water cover up to €1,000. Other firms such as 123.ie, Liberty and Aviva are set to follow but are awaiting clarity on charges. For more details on the charges and billing please see: http://www.water.ie/billing-and-metering/billing/
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Good news for homeowners in Ireland as AIB, EBS and Haven cut mortgage rates by up to 0.25% from 1 December 2014. The bank suggests that these changes could have an affect on around 145,000 mortgage account holders. In addition, new market leading fixed rates are set to be introduced from 4 December 2014. This could see a typical 5 year fixed rate mortgage fall from 5.2% to 3.9% from any of the above three lenders. If you are an AIB customer and want to find out more, please click here.
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Residential property prices fell in Dublin in February 2014 while house prices outside of the City rose for the first time in months. That made property prices outside Dublin nearly 5% higher than this time last year. Experts suggest that national prices are beginning to improve again due to a rise in repossessions and an increase in new builds.
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The Irish Government agreed today to add another €70 million to the €25 million fund set aside to help repair the damage caused by recent storms. The news comes all to late for some as they have already suffered huge loss to their homes and property. Some of the worse hit areas include Cork, Clare and Galway where flooding damaged roads, homes and many local businesses.
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The number of new home builds decreased in 2013 by approximately 35% from the number in 2012. In 2012 over 12,500 new builds were constructed and last year the number fell to around 7,950. Dublin showed a 47% increase in new builds from last year while Cork had the most new buildings. Of the 7,950 buildings that were constructed last year, 85% related to residential properties and 12% commercial structures.
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Residents along the west coast of Ireland are now just starting to recovered from some of the worse storms seen in recent times. Galway County council said that the storms caused unprecedented damage to roads, paths and property and will take millions to repair. Areas worst hit include Co Cork, Cape Clear, Sherkin islands and many other beaches remain inaccessible. Met Eireann say the worst is now over and the European Commission said they will help provide funding for the rebuild in the coming months.
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