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Implementing Postcodes in Ireland

The Irish Government has claimed that Ireland will be the first country in the world to have a public database of unique identifiers for properties. This is said, will help citizens, public bodies and businesses to locate every individual household, apartment and business in the State.

The general consensus is that a Postcode Management Licence Holder (PMLH) will manage the postcode database and license its use through third-party suppliers – this would follow a similar model to the UK.

Parcel delivery will be more efficient, as drivers will not be required to have local knowledge, leading to savings for the consumer. The area of property and the health services could also be set for a digital overhaul.

Tom Hayes, who is head of micro-enterprise and small business at Enterprise Ireland, is also of the general view that this postal system overhaul via codes could generate business spin-offs, especially for existing players who are operating in the area of information management and in spatial management.road signs

The postal coding system “might also fit into the smart-city approach”, he said.

This, for instance, could be applicable to urban planning, and making systems like transport services flow faster, using data to map out peak travel times for commuters, school belts around the city, or hospital routes. It could also be applicable to the regions – opening up information on census data so that planners and property developers can know when to put in new playgrounds, nursing homes and healthcare services – based on demographic inflows and outflows.

Acquaint CRM will have postal codes built into it to help with locations services already in the software package. Features that postal codes will be integrated into include mapping the location of properties for brochures and viewings.

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iPhone 5S, 5C to be released in several more countries the 25th if October

The two phones will spread beyond the 11 countries and regions where they’re currentlyimages12345 available to the likes of Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and many more.

The iPhone 5S and 5C will arrive in more than 30 more countries on the 25th of October, Apple announced Wednesday.

The list of countries to receive this phone are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The 5S and 5C will continue their spread on November 1 as they reach Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

The two phones can currently only be purchased in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Will you be buying the iPhone 5S or 5C? Or will you be sticking to your old phone? Let us know at 4pm!

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Planning on selling your house? These thirteen tips can help you sell your house in today’s real estate climate

We’ve all heard about how “bad” the real estate market is. But what’s bad for sellers can2222be good for buyers, and these days, savvy buyers are out in spades trying to take advantage of the buyer’s market. Here are 13 thing you can do to help sell your house.

1. Online Marketing – Use Pictures!. Around 92% of people looking for houses  start their search online, and they won’t even get in the car to come see your home if the online listings aren’t compelling. In real estate, compelling means pictures!  Listings with more than 6 pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had less than 6 pictures.
2. Online Marketing – Youtube! Use a phone or video camera and walk through your home AND your local area, telling possible buyers about the key points and facts about the areaThe number of rooms, the size of the house, the type of people, local shops, restaurants, cafés and even a personal touch such as why you loved the house and area. Buyers like to know that a home was well-loved, and it helps them visualize their future life in that house.
3. Use your neighbours! If you feel you are an integrated part of your neighbourhood, use online message boards or email lists, send a link to your home’s online listing to your neighbours. Also, invite your neighbours to your open house. Having your neighbours at the open house can encourage potential to move in by introducing them to the local community.
4. Use Facebook! Facebook is the world’s largest social networking site used for both social and business purposes. Use it to your advantage. If you have 200 friends and they each have 200 friends, imagine the power of that network in getting the word out about your house!
5. Use your belongings! Often what can make a property stand out is the knowledge that some of the belongings in the home will be left behind. As well as adding a personal touch to your sale, as well as giving the family appliances they may not be able to afford such as Smart TVs, refrigerators, etc.
6. Beat the competition with condition! As a homeowner, one of the best ways to downloadcompete is the condition of your home; ensuring the interior is clean with everything in its place, floors and bathroom appliances are clean,
7. Don’t forget about the exterior! Ensure the outside of your home is appealing. When selling a house,  a fresh coat of paint and a maintained garden go a long way!
8. Accessibility! Do not make it difficult for your agents to show your house. Short list bookings can happen at any time and if a person is rejected a short term viewing, when on a limited schedule they may often cross the home off the list
9. Get real about pricing! Buyers nowadays are very educated in the market and are unlikely to buy a house for irrational prices. In reality, when it comes to the final sale it is the customer who is in control. A nice house with a reasonable price may even get multiple offers.
10. Know your comptetition! Work with your broker or agent to get educated about the price, type of sale and condition of the other homes your home is up against. Visit some open houses in your area, view other houses and do a real estate reality check: know that buyers that see your home will see those homes, too – therefore it is key to ensure the condition of your home is above par to the other houses.
11. De-personalize! Do this – pretend you’re moving out. Take all the things that make your house a home (e.g., family photos, religious décor etc), pack them up and put them in storage. Buyers want to visualize your house being their house – and it’s difficult for them to do that with all your personal items marking the territory as yours.
12. De-clutter! Keep the faux-moving in motion. Papers, kids toys, anything you haven’t used in the last year, it all needs to be stored away to give the house a clean, liveable impression.
13. Listen to your agent! Try finding a successful estate agent with a track record of selling homes and follow his advice to the letter. After all, it’s his job to sell the house!

Recently sold your home? Have advice for others? Let us know at 4pm.

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Microsoft investors want Bill Gates to step down as chairperson

Bill GatesThree of the twenty largest investors in Microsoft are driving for the company’s co-founder and front man, Bill Gates to be ousted as chairman due to concerns of him wielding too much influence over the company.

The three investors previously mentioned hold more than 5% of the company’s stock, while Gates himself owns 4.5% of the company and is its largest individual shareholder.

Sources have reported that key shareholders are pushing Microsoft’s board for Gates to step down. They are concerned that, in this role, Gates is preventing the adoption of new strategies and also that he will limit the ability of the next-appointed CEO to make changes.

What’s you’re opinion on the matter? Let us know what you think at 4pm

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Ireland’s Bailout Targets and Employment Future

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says Ireland is emerging from its difficulties, with economic activity and employment slowly recovering.

In a survey of the country published every two years, the Paris based organisation says Ireland’s national debt should peak this year, and is approaching a turning point.

It says Budget strategy rightly aims at putting the national debt on a sustained downward path.

It says reinvigorating long term growth will be essential to ease the burden left by the crisis.

The report urges the Government to persevere with the conditions and targets of the EU-IMF programme and reduce the budget deficit to “below 3% of GDP by 2015″.

This implies the Government may have some €600m to €700m available to ease back on Budget adjustments, and still hit EU targets – if growth lives up to expectations.

If the Government makes the full budget adjustment for 2014, it should achieve a primary surplus – that is it will take in slightly more money than it spends, excluding debt interest costs.

If growth does not materialise as strongly as forecast, the OECD does not recommend going beyond the terms of the bailout programme.

It says longer term challenges to budget sustainability come from rising spending pressure in the health system and from the pension system.

On the banking situation, it notes that Ireland has the second highest level of no-performing loans in the OECD.

The OECD says the risk of a lost generation calls for decisive intervention in the youth labour market. It says because of high and persistent rates of youth unemployment, activation policies are “paramount”.

Ireland has the highest share of young people on income support in the Unemployed PersonEU – 30%. It was already higher than the OECD average – at 10% – before the recession in 2007. Today it is more than three times the OECD average.

It recommends the Dutch model, under which any person aged 18 to 27 seeking social welfare benefits must be offered either work or training or a combination of the two.

“Young people cannot remain inactive, and must accept an offer in order to get social benefits”. It says such an approach keeps social exclusion and marginalisation at bay.

The internship programme – Jobsbridge (8% of spend) is criticised for not being a real internship programme, in that it does little to give first work experience to young people and is more like an incentive scheme for employers.

Unlike most OECD countries, Irish people with only a general education qualification have a higher employment rate than those with vocational training.

Are you providing Internship opportunities, let us at 4pm know where you stand on the use of Interns.