Ireland's population will be living in taller, smaller homes in existing built-up areas in our cities.

Upwards and inwards for new homes in cities while vacant sites to be seized

Feb 17, 2018 2:30

Ireland's population will be living in taller, smaller homes in existing built-up areas in our cities.

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Rental costs were up again in January despite the rate of inflation falling back, new official figures show.

Rents spiral despite Minister's claims that there are bargains 'at a fraction of headline figures'

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Rental costs were up again in January despite the rate of inflation falling back, new official figures show.

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Q. I'm confused about the new affordable mortgages being proposed. Do I still need a deposit and do I have to buy a local authority home?

Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Q. I'm confused about the new affordable mortgages being proposed. Do I still need a deposit and do I have to buy a local authority home?

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Permanent TSB's decision to offload billions of euro worth of owner-occupier mortgages has fuelled expectations AIB will follow suit.

'PTSB is only the first' - minister urged to act on home loans purge

Feb 16, 2018 2:30

Permanent TSB's decision to offload billions of euro worth of owner-occupier mortgages has fuelled expectations AIB will follow suit.

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The government has been urged to intervene immediately and protect family homes and farms after Permanent TSB sold 20,000 mortgages linked to struggling homeowners.

'PTSB is only the first' - Government urged to protect family homes

Feb 15, 2018 12:42

The government has been urged to intervene immediately and protect family homes and farms after Permanent TSB sold 20,000 mortgages linked to struggling homeowners.

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Residential property prices across Ireland rose by 12.3pc in the year to December.

Greatest rise in house prices in the West as rate of property increases picks up again

Feb 14, 2018 11:14

Residential property prices across Ireland rose by 12.3pc in the year to December.

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Rents soared to a record high last year, with people paying 10.4 per cent more in 2017 compared with 2016, a new report has revealed.

Record-high rents and growing urban-rural divide: Seven things we learned from the latest rent report

Feb 13, 2018 10:29

Rents soared to a record high last year, with people paying 10.4 per cent more in 2017 compared with 2016, a new report has revealed.

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MORE than 1,000 buy-to-let investors who are in arrears have responded to an offer by Permanent TSB to write off debts if they hand over their properties to the bank.

Bank to write off debts of more than 1,000 landlords under deal

Feb 13, 2018 2:30

MORE than 1,000 buy-to-let investors who are in arrears have responded to an offer by Permanent TSB to write off debts if they hand over their properties to the bank.

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A new analysis of house prices nationwide shows for the first time signs of a significant slowdown in increases in certain key market areas, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

New analysis of house prices shows significant slowdown in increases for first time

Feb 11, 2018 16:29

A new analysis of house prices nationwide shows for the first time signs of a significant slowdown in increases in certain key market areas, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

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Former Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher has said today's young people do not view home ownership as the ultimate life goal that has long dominated their parents' generation.

Millennials 'don't have the same desire for long-term security', says former BoI boss Richie Boucher

Feb 11, 2018 22:23

Former Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher has said today's young people do not view home ownership as the ultimate life goal that has long dominated their parents' generation.

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The Government's new affordable mortgage scheme won't bring down mortgage rates across the wider Irish market or take significant business away from the banks, according to Davy Stockbrokers.

Affordable mortgage scheme won't lower rates - Davy

Feb 10, 2018 2:30

The Government's new affordable mortgage scheme won't bring down mortgage rates across the wider Irish market or take significant business away from the banks, according to Davy Stockbrokers.

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The Sunday pilgrimage to Wicklow is part of growing up in Dublin, with the pre-roast climb of the Sugarloaf - at 501m it's an ascent that can be managed by most, although it is not buggy-friendly - an outing that's as popular now as it was back in the day when the mountain featured in the opening credits of Glenroe.

Spectacular scenery is what makes this four-bedroom home so special

Feb 9, 2018 2:30

The Sunday pilgrimage to Wicklow is part of growing up in Dublin, with the pre-roast climb of the Sugarloaf - at 501m it's an ascent that can be managed by most, although it is not buggy-friendly - an outing that's as popular now as it was back in the day when the mountain featured in the opening credits of Glenroe.

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Not everyone can afford a Donegal carpet. But there's nothing new about that - when the first factory opened in Killybegs, most of its own employees could scarcely afford shoes, let alone a carpet.

Treasures: Why Persians make Donegal carpets...

Feb 9, 2018 2:30

Not everyone can afford a Donegal carpet. But there's nothing new about that - when the first factory opened in Killybegs, most of its own employees could scarcely afford shoes, let alone a carpet.

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Property prices will fall if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a new report states.

'House prices to fall here if UK fails to get Brexit deal'

Feb 8, 2018 2:30

Property prices will fall if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a new report states.

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Close to 100 properties have been lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal, it has emerged.

Revealed: The number of family homes lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal

Feb 8, 2018 2:30

Close to 100 properties have been lost due to the tracker mortgage scandal, it has emerged.

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Almost 2,500 customers of KBC Bank are still being overcharged on their mortgages, it has emerged.

KBC Bank is still overcharging on 2,500 mortgages, admits CEO

Feb 7, 2018 2:30

Almost 2,500 customers of KBC Bank are still being overcharged on their mortgages, it has emerged.

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There is no evidence that senior bank staff in Permanent TSB set out to deliberately deny customers a tracker mortgage, the bank is set to insist.

PTSB to deny 'deliberate' strategy on trackers

Feb 6, 2018 2:30

There is no evidence that senior bank staff in Permanent TSB set out to deliberately deny customers a tracker mortgage, the bank is set to insist.

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Ireland's most successful technology entrepreneur has warned that soaring housing costs threaten to derail Dublin's future and its investment potential.

Soaring cost of housing could derail Dublin's investment potential - Irish billionaire Patrick Collison

Feb 5, 2018 2:30

Ireland's most successful technology entrepreneur has warned that soaring housing costs threaten to derail Dublin's future and its investment potential.

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Specialist lender Pepper Money is to loosen its lending criteria by offering mortgages for one-bed apartments and home loans to the self-employed based on one year's accounts.

90pc mortgages for one-bed flats as lender eases rules

Feb 5, 2018 2:30

Specialist lender Pepper Money is to loosen its lending criteria by offering mortgages for one-bed apartments and home loans to the self-employed based on one year's accounts.

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Introduced in Budget 2017, Help to Buy is designed to help first-time buyers secure the deposit needed to purchase a home, which they must live in for at least five years. It is also aimed at boosting construction of new properties.

How the scheme aids buyers and builders

Feb 3, 2018 2:30

Introduced in Budget 2017, Help to Buy is designed to help first-time buyers secure the deposit needed to purchase a home, which they must live in for at least five years. It is also aimed at boosting construction of new properties.

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KBC Bank has admitted that 33 properties were lost due to the tracker scandal. This is the highest number of any bank.

KBC Bank admits 33 properties were lost due to the tracker scandal

Feb 3, 2018 2:30

KBC Bank has admitted that 33 properties were lost due to the tracker scandal. This is the highest number of any bank.

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HUNDREDS of new homes bought using the controversial Help-to-Buy scheme have cost more than €450,000 each, fuelling concerns the lucrative tax break is benefiting those who don't need help.

Revealed: First-time buyers use tax refund to purchase €450,000-plus houses

Feb 3, 2018 2:30

HUNDREDS of new homes bought using the controversial Help-to-Buy scheme have cost more than €450,000 each, fuelling concerns the lucrative tax break is benefiting those who don't need help.

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Housing Agency chairman Conor Skehan has mounted a robust defence of his comments on homeless people "gaming the system".

Housing boss stands by his 'gaming the system' claims

Feb 1, 2018 2:30

Housing Agency chairman Conor Skehan has mounted a robust defence of his comments on homeless people "gaming the system".

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Websites that advertise properties which are clearly in breach of planning or safety regulations could face criminal charges.

Sites advertising dodgy properties face clampdown

Feb 1, 2018 2:30

Websites that advertise properties which are clearly in breach of planning or safety regulations could face criminal charges.

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Almost half of the tenants renting in Dublin's Silicon Docks are tech professionals from companies like Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Half of renters in Silicon Docks are tech workers

Jan 29, 2018 2:30

Almost half of the tenants renting in Dublin's Silicon Docks are tech professionals from companies like Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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With a three-bed semi-detached house in Dublin selling for €400,000 on average, someone looking to make a dent in the real estate market might be better off buying their own island.

Fancy some peace and quiet? Buy your own island in Cork for €150,000

Jan 28, 2018 12:31

With a three-bed semi-detached house in Dublin selling for €400,000 on average, someone looking to make a dent in the real estate market might be better off buying their own island.

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Newly-weds Philip Tonge and his wife Laura are trying to save for a deposit for their own place but it's a mammoth task.

'Our local area is unaffordable - we are looking at a 90-minute commute'

Jan 26, 2018 2:30

Newly-weds Philip Tonge and his wife Laura are trying to save for a deposit for their own place but it's a mammoth task.

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Proposed legislation which would require landlords to give at least 90 days' notice of eviction and allow tenants to see rents previously charged at a property is to come before the Dáil.

Bill seeks to introduce 90-day eviction notice

Jan 24, 2018 2:30

Proposed legislation which would require landlords to give at least 90 days' notice of eviction and allow tenants to see rents previously charged at a property is to come before the Dáil.

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Plans to erect almost 200 apartments in south Dublin are facing opposition - because the vast majority will be occupied by students.

Councillor brands plan to build student apartments on prime site as 'scandalous'

Jan 24, 2018 2:30

Plans to erect almost 200 apartments in south Dublin are facing opposition - because the vast majority will be occupied by students.

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Increasing the supply of property will not bring down house prices - but will instead lead to developers chasing yet bigger profits, an expert has warned.

More houses won't bring down prices as developers will seek higher profits

Jan 24, 2018 2:30

Increasing the supply of property will not bring down house prices - but will instead lead to developers chasing yet bigger profits, an expert has warned.

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Ulster Bank is seeking to delay appearing before the Oireachtas Finance Committee over the tracker scandal.

Ulster Bank seeking to delay its appearance at probe into the tracker scandal

Jan 24, 2018 2:30

Ulster Bank is seeking to delay appearing before the Oireachtas Finance Committee over the tracker scandal.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sparked an angry backlash by suggesting people ask the "bank of mum and dad" to secure a deposit for a home.

Leo's mortgage mantra: emigrate, move home or borrow from parents

Jan 24, 2018 2:30

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sparked an angry backlash by suggesting people ask the "bank of mum and dad" to secure a deposit for a home.

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CLOSE to 10,000 customers of AIB lost out in the tracker mortgage scandal.

Almost 10,000 AIB customers lost out in tracker mortgage scandal - committee hears

Jan 23, 2018 17:15

CLOSE to 10,000 customers of AIB lost out in the tracker mortgage scandal.

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Is 2018 is set to be the year of the long distance commuter? The data published here today in How Much Is Your House Worth? 2018, the Irish Independent's snapshot of local property value movements, highlights extreme property price surges in former outer commuter belt areas which have not been targeted by city buyers since the Celtic Tiger years.

The year of the long distance commuter

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Is 2018 is set to be the year of the long distance commuter? The data published here today in How Much Is Your House Worth? 2018, the Irish Independent's snapshot of local property value movements, highlights extreme property price surges in former outer commuter belt areas which have not been targeted by city buyers since the Celtic Tiger years.

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Key workers including nurses, teachers and gardaí are being forced to move out of our main cities in search of an affordable three-bedroom home.

How 'average' families are forced to move out of cities - and Ireland's commuter belt widens to 100km

Jan 20, 2018 2:30

Key workers including nurses, teachers and gardaí are being forced to move out of our main cities in search of an affordable three-bedroom home.

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Being able to live closer to her two daughters and grandson in Dublin is what Tessa Lawlor is most looking forward to about moving home in 2018.

The downsizer: 'I absolutely love my home...but it's meant to be lived in by a family'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Being able to live closer to her two daughters and grandson in Dublin is what Tessa Lawlor is most looking forward to about moving home in 2018.

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Values are now back to 90pc of what they were in 2007 says our local property expert in D2.

Dublin 2: D2's 'accidental' landlords out of negative equity - and selling

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Values are now back to 90pc of what they were in 2007 says our local property expert in D2.

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Property values in Dublin 4 are up by around 7pc over the past 12 months.

One-bedroom apartment - without parking - in Dublin sells for €365,000

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Property values in Dublin 4 are up by around 7pc over the past 12 months.

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DEMAND for family-sized homes in particular is very strong in Dublin 8, with the majority of properties achieving their asking price and beyond. This is down to the fact there are relatively few large family houses for sale in the postcode, with anything over 1,600 sq ft in particularly short supply.

Dublin 8: Buyers priced out of D6 make a beeline for D8

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

DEMAND for family-sized homes in particular is very strong in Dublin 8, with the majority of properties achieving their asking price and beyond. This is down to the fact there are relatively few large family houses for sale in the postcode, with anything over 1,600 sq ft in particularly short supply.

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In Dublin 6W, the first-time buyers were out in force for the first six months of last year, in an immediate reaction to the Central Bank's changes to the deposit requirements, pursuing properties ranging from €350,000 to €500,000.

Dublin 6W: Turnkey properties move fast in Dublin 6W

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

In Dublin 6W, the first-time buyers were out in force for the first six months of last year, in an immediate reaction to the Central Bank's changes to the deposit requirements, pursuing properties ranging from €350,000 to €500,000.

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The top end of the upper-crust D18 market, which includes Foxrock, has been a bit sticky of late. While houses in the €1m-plus bracket have done "relatively well", there have been much fewer transactions taking place over €2m. A number of larger properties along Brighton Road have lingered on the market for some time. Of those that did sell in 2017, the majority went to developers rather than owner-occupiers.

Dublin 18: Sales slowing at top end of upper-crust D18 market

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The top end of the upper-crust D18 market, which includes Foxrock, has been a bit sticky of late. While houses in the €1m-plus bracket have done "relatively well", there have been much fewer transactions taking place over €2m. A number of larger properties along Brighton Road have lingered on the market for some time. Of those that did sell in 2017, the majority went to developers rather than owner-occupiers.

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Bungalows, largely constructed from the 1930s through to the 1950s, have been seeing some of the biggest price jumps in the D14 postcode, thanks to high demand and scarcity to market. The price of an average three-bedroom bungalow has jumped from €550,000 to €625,000 over the past 12 months. These were sold mainly to older people down- sizing from much larger houses in the area and wanting to stay close to friends and neighbours.

Dublin 14: D14 house prices hitting 80pc of their 2007 peak

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Bungalows, largely constructed from the 1930s through to the 1950s, have been seeing some of the biggest price jumps in the D14 postcode, thanks to high demand and scarcity to market. The price of an average three-bedroom bungalow has jumped from €550,000 to €625,000 over the past 12 months. These were sold mainly to older people down- sizing from much larger houses in the area and wanting to stay close to friends and neighbours.

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Demand has been up and down in Dublin 16 and, in common with a lot of other postcodes, the first half of last year saw plenty of activity followed by a summer lull. But activity did not kick off again in September, as might have been expected. It wasn't until two months ago that things started moving again.

Dublin 16: Bigger detached houses in hot demand in D16

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demand has been up and down in Dublin 16 and, in common with a lot of other postcodes, the first half of last year saw plenty of activity followed by a summer lull. But activity did not kick off again in September, as might have been expected. It wasn't until two months ago that things started moving again.

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The relative proximity of Dublin 12 to the city centre makes it a popular choice for first-time buyers who want to get a foot on the property ladder without giving up a city lifestyle. Prices in the postcode - which encompasses Drimnagh, Crumlin, Perrystown, Walkinstown, Greenhills and parts of Terenure - rose by an average of 10pc in 2017.

Dublin 12: In D12, 'There are no bargains out there'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The relative proximity of Dublin 12 to the city centre makes it a popular choice for first-time buyers who want to get a foot on the property ladder without giving up a city lifestyle. Prices in the postcode - which encompasses Drimnagh, Crumlin, Perrystown, Walkinstown, Greenhills and parts of Terenure - rose by an average of 10pc in 2017.

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Demonstrating how much difference good transport links can make, it is the Luas, along with a stock of more affordable homes, that underpins much of the current buoyancy of the market in Dublin 24, with commuting time into the city centre at around 45 minutes from Tallaght. Proximity to transport links is a factor throughout the postcode, with properties in Citywest and increasing value across the board.

Dublin 24: Luas brings new lease of life to Dublin 24

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demonstrating how much difference good transport links can make, it is the Luas, along with a stock of more affordable homes, that underpins much of the current buoyancy of the market in Dublin 24, with commuting time into the city centre at around 45 minutes from Tallaght. Proximity to transport links is a factor throughout the postcode, with properties in Citywest and increasing value across the board.

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Older parts of Dublin 20 are generating the most interest at the moment, with three-bedroom terraced houses on Palmerstown Drive achieving prices equivalent to four-bedroom semi-detached houses elsewhere in this location.

Dublin 20: Older parts of D20 selling strongly as apartments flatline

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Older parts of Dublin 20 are generating the most interest at the moment, with three-bedroom terraced houses on Palmerstown Drive achieving prices equivalent to four-bedroom semi-detached houses elsewhere in this location.

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The banks are still causing consternation in Dublin 22, which still has some stressed and receivership sales to process. Those properties offered for sale by banks took a particularly long time to close, leaving many buyers frustrated in an area which still holds affordable family homes.

Dublin 22: Bank sales frustrate D22 buyers

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The banks are still causing consternation in Dublin 22, which still has some stressed and receivership sales to process. Those properties offered for sale by banks took a particularly long time to close, leaving many buyers frustrated in an area which still holds affordable family homes.

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Demand for family homes in areas like Raheny, Harmonstown and Artane contributed to strong inflation in Dublin 5, with prices up by an average of 12pc across the postcode.

Dublin 5: Future-proofing is the name of the game in D5

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demand for family homes in areas like Raheny, Harmonstown and Artane contributed to strong inflation in Dublin 5, with prices up by an average of 12pc across the postcode.

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The last 12 months in Dublin 7 were all about the Luas effect, and marked the second of two sharply inflationary years in a row, thanks in large part to the impact of the extension of the Green Line as far as Broombridge.

Dublin 7: Cabra and Navan Road attracting new families to Dublin 7

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The last 12 months in Dublin 7 were all about the Luas effect, and marked the second of two sharply inflationary years in a row, thanks in large part to the impact of the extension of the Green Line as far as Broombridge.

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Demand well outstripped supply in D3 last year, with the value of properties in North Strand, East Wall and Marino showing strong growth. Proximity to the city centre and relative affordability compared to other parts of the city were just two of the factors underpinning price inflation.

Dublin 3 (excluding Clontarf): D3 is still climbing

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demand well outstripped supply in D3 last year, with the value of properties in North Strand, East Wall and Marino showing strong growth. Proximity to the city centre and relative affordability compared to other parts of the city were just two of the factors underpinning price inflation.

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THE owner-occupier is back with a bang in Dublin 1 after a period in which investors dominated purchases in a market heavily loaded with apartments, smaller homes and large older terrace buildings. Whereas in both 2016 and early 2017, 70pc of sales in the city-centre postcode were to investors buying with cash, that figure had reduced to 50pc by the end of last year, with the remaining half of transactions being sales to buyers intending to live in the property that they purchased.

Dublin 1: D1 owner-occupiers now outbidding investors

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

THE owner-occupier is back with a bang in Dublin 1 after a period in which investors dominated purchases in a market heavily loaded with apartments, smaller homes and large older terrace buildings. Whereas in both 2016 and early 2017, 70pc of sales in the city-centre postcode were to investors buying with cash, that figure had reduced to 50pc by the end of last year, with the remaining half of transactions being sales to buyers intending to live in the property that they purchased.

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New developments at St Helen's in Adamstown, and Somerton and Shackleton Park in Lucan have taken a number of buyers out of the market in West County Dublin, but demand remains strong and there is a shortage of homes in many categories. This means that prices in West County Dublin have risen by an average of 8pc over the past 12 months.

Dublin West County: Apartment prices set to surge in Dublin West

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

New developments at St Helen's in Adamstown, and Somerton and Shackleton Park in Lucan have taken a number of buyers out of the market in West County Dublin, but demand remains strong and there is a shortage of homes in many categories. This means that prices in West County Dublin have risen by an average of 8pc over the past 12 months.

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The supply of houses coming to the market remains critically low in South County Dublin, a market which includes Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock and the twin peaks of Dalkey and Killiney, which hold some of Ireland's most expensive houses.

Dublin South County: Critically low supply in south county continues

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The supply of houses coming to the market remains critically low in South County Dublin, a market which includes Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock and the twin peaks of Dalkey and Killiney, which hold some of Ireland's most expensive houses.

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Carlow was one of the worst- affected markets during the property crash, with almost 50pc shaved off house prices. In the aftermath, the town itself, home to Institute of Technology Carlow, was - like other regional college towns - flooded with distressed investment property sold by receivers, a legacy that continues today.

Carlow: Crash-hit Carlow now playing recovery catch-up

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Carlow was one of the worst- affected markets during the property crash, with almost 50pc shaved off house prices. In the aftermath, the town itself, home to Institute of Technology Carlow, was - like other regional college towns - flooded with distressed investment property sold by receivers, a legacy that continues today.

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As we push into 2018, there's very little stock on offer in the North Co Dublin area. Shortage means the value of standard three-bed semis is surging ahead of other types in the region, which has traditionally held some of the largest stocks of more affordable family homes in the capital.

Dublin North County: North county demand strong but stock scarce

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

As we push into 2018, there's very little stock on offer in the North Co Dublin area. Shortage means the value of standard three-bed semis is surging ahead of other types in the region, which has traditionally held some of the largest stocks of more affordable family homes in the capital.

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Longford property prices surged last year and are set to do so again amid a dearth of fresh supply as the market recovers from a very low price base, and a period not so long ago when ghost estates littered the county.

Longford: Shortage of stock forcing up prices in Longford

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Longford property prices surged last year and are set to do so again amid a dearth of fresh supply as the market recovers from a very low price base, and a period not so long ago when ghost estates littered the county.

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Demand from workers who commute to north Kildare and to Dublin, combined with a shortage of three-bed homes, have driven up prices in the undervalued Westmeath residential market and will continue to do so throughout 2018.

Westmeath: Westmeath poised for more price growth

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demand from workers who commute to north Kildare and to Dublin, combined with a shortage of three-bed homes, have driven up prices in the undervalued Westmeath residential market and will continue to do so throughout 2018.

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Prices are up by a significant 15pc in Meath with an average of €250,000 for a four-bed semi-detached amid a surge in buyers seeking to escape skyrocketing rents both within the Royal County and in Dublin.

Meath: Meath values are up by 15pc but are set to slow for 2018

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Prices are up by a significant 15pc in Meath with an average of €250,000 for a four-bed semi-detached amid a surge in buyers seeking to escape skyrocketing rents both within the Royal County and in Dublin.

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Eastern Europeans who have amassed deposits from years of careful savings are among the first-time buyers competing for a limited number of three-bed semi- detached homes in north Co Tipperary.

Tipperary North: Starter homes soar in North Tipp

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Eastern Europeans who have amassed deposits from years of careful savings are among the first-time buyers competing for a limited number of three-bed semi- detached homes in north Co Tipperary.

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A slump of some 70pc in the number of UK buyers in the Co Kerry holiday-home market since the British vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 was more than offset last year by well-heeled Cork and Dublin buyers seeking out a pied-à-terre in Kenmare and Dingle.

Kerry: Prices up from a low base

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

A slump of some 70pc in the number of UK buyers in the Co Kerry holiday-home market since the British vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 was more than offset last year by well-heeled Cork and Dublin buyers seeking out a pied-à-terre in Kenmare and Dingle.

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Retiring Irish emigrants with a hankering for the auld sod are outbidding locals in Killarney helping to drive up prices in the Co Kerry town and its hinterland by 6pc to €265,000.

Killarney: Returning emigrants outbid locals

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Retiring Irish emigrants with a hankering for the auld sod are outbidding locals in Killarney helping to drive up prices in the Co Kerry town and its hinterland by 6pc to €265,000.

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The popularity of Ennis as a commuter town for buyers working in employment hubs along the M18 motorway, namely Shannon, Limerick and Galway, as well as a shortage of housing, helped drive up prices at the lower end of the market in Co Clare last year.

Clare: Stock shortage in Clare as prices rise

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The popularity of Ennis as a commuter town for buyers working in employment hubs along the M18 motorway, namely Shannon, Limerick and Galway, as well as a shortage of housing, helped drive up prices at the lower end of the market in Co Clare last year.

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The opening in September of the M17/M18 motorway between Tuam and Gort, which shaved at least 20 minutes from journey times between the towns and eased traffic bottlenecks in Claregalway and Clarinbridge, have enticed house-buyers in Galway city to move afield to rural towns in search of value.

Galway County: Tuam revival spearheads big rise in Co Galway values

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The opening in September of the M17/M18 motorway between Tuam and Gort, which shaved at least 20 minutes from journey times between the towns and eased traffic bottlenecks in Claregalway and Clarinbridge, have enticed house-buyers in Galway city to move afield to rural towns in search of value.

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Prices may be rising hard in Roscommon, but the county is still perceived as very affordable by buyers willing to commute to Dublin on the M6 - an off-peak journey of one hour 30 minutes - and to Athlone, a 25-minute drive from Roscommon town.

Roscommon: Buyers move out for value

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Prices may be rising hard in Roscommon, but the county is still perceived as very affordable by buyers willing to commute to Dublin on the M6 - an off-peak journey of one hour 30 minutes - and to Athlone, a 25-minute drive from Roscommon town.

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House prices are up across Mayo, driven by an increase in employment in major towns, from Castlebar to Westport and Ballina.

Mayo: Strong jobs market makes for brisk Mayo sales

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

House prices are up across Mayo, driven by an increase in employment in major towns, from Castlebar to Westport and Ballina.

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Demand for family homes with quick access to the motorway network, combined with a shortage of housing stock, is creating a surge in prices in Co Limerick.

Limerick County: Trader-uppers boost Co Limerick values

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Demand for family homes with quick access to the motorway network, combined with a shortage of housing stock, is creating a surge in prices in Co Limerick.

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Affordability issues are starting to take a grip in Cork's better-off suburbs of Blackrock and Douglas, where some home hunters perusing the popular mid-market in the €400,000-plus range are running into bother with the Central Bank-imposed lending restrictions.

Cork City South Suburbs: Inflation slowing down in Cork's swanky south suburbs

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Affordability issues are starting to take a grip in Cork's better-off suburbs of Blackrock and Douglas, where some home hunters perusing the popular mid-market in the €400,000-plus range are running into bother with the Central Bank-imposed lending restrictions.

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Four-bed semis in Cork's west suburbs are set to rise above €300,000 this year while four-bed detached homes are likely to crash through the €500,000 mark for the first time since the boom years. Prices are up 6pc through the last six months across Bishopstown, Wilton and the other west Cork suburbs, and another 6pc rise is expected this year, says our local expert, Michael O'Donovan of Savills. But while inflation is certainly proving problematic for buyers, it is nowhere near as bad as in some other suburban locations nationwide.

Cork City west Suburbs: Four-bed semis in west Cork city to hit €300k

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Four-bed semis in Cork's west suburbs are set to rise above €300,000 this year while four-bed detached homes are likely to crash through the €500,000 mark for the first time since the boom years. Prices are up 6pc through the last six months across Bishopstown, Wilton and the other west Cork suburbs, and another 6pc rise is expected this year, says our local expert, Michael O'Donovan of Savills. But while inflation is certainly proving problematic for buyers, it is nowhere near as bad as in some other suburban locations nationwide.

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The suburbs of Limerick are awash with a greatly increased number of loan-approved buyers with not enough family homes to put them into. The developing shortage has seen a reverse of last year's situation, where city centre property values rose ahead of those in the suburbs. As it stands, home values are up in the suburbs by 8pc on one year ago.

Limerick City Suburbs: Prices in suburban Limerick lag behind other key cities

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The suburbs of Limerick are awash with a greatly increased number of loan-approved buyers with not enough family homes to put them into. The developing shortage has seen a reverse of last year's situation, where city centre property values rose ahead of those in the suburbs. As it stands, home values are up in the suburbs by 8pc on one year ago.

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Inflation in Cork city's north suburbs continued at a steady and somewhat worrying rate of 8pc through the last 12 months, and roughly the same is expected to be added to home values in 2018.

Cork City North Suburbs: First-time buyers boost Cork's northern suburbs

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Inflation in Cork city's north suburbs continued at a steady and somewhat worrying rate of 8pc through the last 12 months, and roughly the same is expected to be added to home values in 2018.

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Encouraged by friends in Dubai who have bought investment properties in Ireland over the last few years, journalist Shane McGinley is hoping to follow suit and snap up an investment of his own later this year.

The Investor: 'I would like to buy in Wexford but I'm worried about rental yield there'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Encouraged by friends in Dubai who have bought investment properties in Ireland over the last few years, journalist Shane McGinley is hoping to follow suit and snap up an investment of his own later this year.

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Thinking of buying a property in 2018? Whether you're looking to upgrade, downsize, invest - or contemplating making that leap on to the very first rung of the ladder - you're not alone in your New Year's resolution.

Is now the right time to take the property plunge?

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Thinking of buying a property in 2018? Whether you're looking to upgrade, downsize, invest - or contemplating making that leap on to the very first rung of the ladder - you're not alone in your New Year's resolution.

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The year 2017 will be remembered as the one in which the banks finally loosened the purse strings on mortgage credit proper.

Will 2018 be the year of the credit union mortgage?

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The year 2017 will be remembered as the one in which the banks finally loosened the purse strings on mortgage credit proper.

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Ask the experts: Is another property bubble forming, as some people are claiming?

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Ask the experts: What specifically would you buy if you were an investor spending (a) €250,000, (b) €350,000 and (c) €600,000, and why?

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Ask the experts: Is it a good time to trade down? If so, why?

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Ask the experts: What is your view on the progress (or lack of) regarding the Rebuilding Ireland plan?

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Ask the experts: What steps would you urge the Government to take in 2018 to help solve the housing crisis?

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Ask the experts: Do you think any specific Government policies introduced during 2017 will impact on the housing crisis in 2018? If so, explain which one(s), how and to what degree?

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Ask the experts: Can you remember a period when supply of residential property was so tight? Where will supply go in 2018?

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Ask the experts: What percentage increase in rents do you envisage occurring in 2018?

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Ask the experts: For how many more years do you think house price rises of more than 4pc a year (what is usually considered 'normal') are likely?

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Ask the experts: By how much do you think house prices might rise (or fall) in 2018?

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Ann Nolan is a 50-year-old academic researcher at Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in philosophy, specialising in social policy and international development. She thought she'd be a 'sure thing' financially when it came to getting a mortgage but has been turned down by her bank, despite having a substantial deposit and a property to sell.

The trader-upper: 'I was so sure of getting a mortgage, to the point of being arrogant about it'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Ann Nolan is a 50-year-old academic researcher at Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in philosophy, specialising in social policy and international development. She thought she'd be a 'sure thing' financially when it came to getting a mortgage but has been turned down by her bank, despite having a substantial deposit and a property to sell.

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The revitalisation of Rathmines continues to be the big story in Dublin 6, with the recent reopening of the Stella cinema as a retro movie and cocktail venue, the opening of Fallon & Byrne in the revamped Swan Centre and a general scrub-up in shop outlets and eateries - all contributing to ever-increasing interest from buyers in the area.

Dublin 6: Rathmines will be the big story of D6 this year

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The revitalisation of Rathmines continues to be the big story in Dublin 6, with the recent reopening of the Stella cinema as a retro movie and cocktail venue, the opening of Fallon & Byrne in the revamped Swan Centre and a general scrub-up in shop outlets and eateries - all contributing to ever-increasing interest from buyers in the area.

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Most of the activity in Dublin 11 is now being driven by first-time buyers and those trading up, rather than investors. "People who grew up in the area and bought further afield are now keen to get back to their roots and to the city," says local agent Patrick Leonard, who takes the view that Dublin 11 is still the most undervalued postcode in the post-crash recovery, with decent parks and infrastructure.

Dublin 11: D11 'most under-valued postcode'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Most of the activity in Dublin 11 is now being driven by first-time buyers and those trading up, rather than investors. "People who grew up in the area and bought further afield are now keen to get back to their roots and to the city," says local agent Patrick Leonard, who takes the view that Dublin 11 is still the most undervalued postcode in the post-crash recovery, with decent parks and infrastructure.

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The Dublin 9 market is especially strong at the moment, as evidenced by the fact that vendors were confident enough to launch their homes to market right up to the week before Christmas.

'You don't have to go to town to socialise' - Welcome to the 'Ranelagh of the Northside'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The Dublin 9 market is especially strong at the moment, as evidenced by the fact that vendors were confident enough to launch their homes to market right up to the week before Christmas.

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First-time buyers are dominating the market in Dublin 13, one of the few parts of the capital offering new homes to those seeking to get on the first rung of the property ladder.

Dublin 13: First-timers dominate in Dublin 13

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

First-time buyers are dominating the market in Dublin 13, one of the few parts of the capital offering new homes to those seeking to get on the first rung of the property ladder.

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The proximity of Dublin 15 to the M50 and employment belt of Dublin has seen an increasing number of purchasers looking for homes in the postcode. Intel and Facebook in Clonee and others in the Blanchardstown Corporate Park are big employers and have made these areas an employment hub - bringing with them demand for coffee shops and retail outlets, which also benefit people living in the surrounding areas.

Dublin 15: Easy-access D15 widely seen as 'a good place for families'

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The proximity of Dublin 15 to the M50 and employment belt of Dublin has seen an increasing number of purchasers looking for homes in the postcode. Intel and Facebook in Clonee and others in the Blanchardstown Corporate Park are big employers and have made these areas an employment hub - bringing with them demand for coffee shops and retail outlets, which also benefit people living in the surrounding areas.

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The Dublin 17 market, hit hard during the crash and for an extended period afterwards, has showed signs of improvement through the last 12 months, with positive indicators that this growth will continue in 2018.

Dublin 17: Pockets of D17 made 'stupid money' in 2017

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The Dublin 17 market, hit hard during the crash and for an extended period afterwards, has showed signs of improvement through the last 12 months, with positive indicators that this growth will continue in 2018.

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Starter homes and large detached properties are experiencing the fastest growth in the Kilkenny market, albeit for very different reasons.

Kilkenny: Demand for large homes boosts Kilkenny market

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Starter homes and large detached properties are experiencing the fastest growth in the Kilkenny market, albeit for very different reasons.

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North Kildare is among the busiest markets outside Dublin for new residential developments with recent schemes including Landen Park in Naas, Hayfield in Maynooth, and Millerstown in Kilcock. The increase in supply in the region, much of which caters to buyers priced out of the greater Dublin area, helped keep a lid on house prices in 2017 and is set to do so again this year.

Kildare North: Supply high in north Kildare

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

North Kildare is among the busiest markets outside Dublin for new residential developments with recent schemes including Landen Park in Naas, Hayfield in Maynooth, and Millerstown in Kilcock. The increase in supply in the region, much of which caters to buyers priced out of the greater Dublin area, helped keep a lid on house prices in 2017 and is set to do so again this year.

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Despite the Central Bank's restrictive loan-to-income ratios and prohibitive 20pc deposit requirements for second-time buyers, there was a marked shortage of homes on the market whic caused prices to rise hard in south Kildare.

Kildare South: South Kildare's 10pc price hike set to calm in coming year

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Despite the Central Bank's restrictive loan-to-income ratios and prohibitive 20pc deposit requirements for second-time buyers, there was a marked shortage of homes on the market whic caused prices to rise hard in south Kildare.

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Laois has returned to its pre-boom status as a commuter county for budget home-buyers willing to accept extra travel time in exchange for cheaper houses than in neighbouring Co Kildare or the greater Dublin area.

Laois: Dublin commuters push up Laois prices

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Laois has returned to its pre-boom status as a commuter county for budget home-buyers willing to accept extra travel time in exchange for cheaper houses than in neighbouring Co Kildare or the greater Dublin area.

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Co Wexford experienced one of the biggest gains nationwide in house prices in 2017, up 20pc from a year earlier. The cause was streams of Dubliners priced out of their home city seeking out houses in Gorey, which is returning to its boom-era status as a commuter town.

Wexford: Gorey is the go-to town for Dublin commuters again

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Co Wexford experienced one of the biggest gains nationwide in house prices in 2017, up 20pc from a year earlier. The cause was streams of Dubliners priced out of their home city seeking out houses in Gorey, which is returning to its boom-era status as a commuter town.

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The price of a three-bed semi in Co Offaly is up 10pc from a year ago to an average €165,000, as first-time buyers chase homes alongside investors in search of high-rental yields.

Offaly: 10pc rises kick in for Offaly as commuters get priced out of Kildare

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

The price of a three-bed semi in Co Offaly is up 10pc from a year ago to an average €165,000, as first-time buyers chase homes alongside investors in search of high-rental yields.

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Buyers seeking to escape rising rents by purchasing a starter home are pushing up house prices at the lower end of the market in south Co Wicklow.

Wicklow South: Market is playing catch-up in the south of Wicklow

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Buyers seeking to escape rising rents by purchasing a starter home are pushing up house prices at the lower end of the market in south Co Wicklow.

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House prices rose moderately in north Wicklow last year as construction on a slew of new-builds tempered growth.

Wicklow North: High supply keeps north Wicklow on an even keel

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

House prices rose moderately in north Wicklow last year as construction on a slew of new-builds tempered growth.

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West Cork is one of the few markets in Ireland where house prices remain unchanged and are likely not to grow at all in 2018. The region, which is traditionally so popular with British retirees, has seen an exodus of UK buyers due to Brexit and sterling's weakness against the euro.

Cork County West: UK buyers abandon West Cork

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

West Cork is one of the few markets in Ireland where house prices remain unchanged and are likely not to grow at all in 2018. The region, which is traditionally so popular with British retirees, has seen an exodus of UK buyers due to Brexit and sterling's weakness against the euro.

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Prices are on the rise in north Co Cork as towns such as Mallow are finally experiencing a long-awaited economic recovery and attracting buyers priced out of Cork city, Carrigaline and Ballincollig who are willing to commute from Mallow by train - just a 20-minute journey.

Cork County North: Value hunters from Cork city head up to north county

Jan 20, 2018 17:00

Prices are on the rise in north Co Cork as towns such as Mallow are finally experiencing a long-awaited economic recovery and attracting buyers priced out of Cork city, Carrigaline and Ballincollig who are willing to commute from Mallow by train - just a 20-minute journey.

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