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Irish House Prices Ricing

Irish Property Market on the Rise

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office house prices across Ireland rose by an average of 8.1% in the year to February. The latest statistics show that on average house prices have been rising steadily for nine consecutive months and that the average national price rise is the strongest that it has been since before the crash in June 2007. These figures give strength to the belief that the recovery of the Irish housing market is well under-way.

Irish House Prices Rise 2014 Graph

Outside of Dublin house prices across the country rose by 0.9% during the month of February and were up by 4.2% compared with the same month last year. However, the value of property in the capital fell by 0.6% compared to the previous month of January. However, house prices in Dublin still managed to be 13.3% higher than they were in February 2013, making the overall picture a positive one despite this small setback. Equally the progressively rising prices across the rest of the country offer more than a little compensation for an under-performing Dublin.

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4pm and Acquaint: Keeping you in the Loop!

Take Control of your inbox!

With the introduction of the government’s Help to Buy scheme and anticipation of all MagnifyOutlookthose extra registrations why not allow Acquaint to help you maintain your email Inbox? Process Outlook Emails is a function that scans through your Microsoft Outlook Inbox and Sent Items folders and automatically creates Applicant Contacts and imports emails that have been sent and received from Contacts. Online Referencing Guarantee faster turn arounds with Online Referencing. Run Online Reference checks through Acquaint using Van Mildert Tenant Referencing services. It’s free to use in Acquaint just sign-up to Van Mildert’s services by calling 0191 256 0920.

Social Networking Made Easy

Many more agents are engaging through Social Networking sites including Facebook, Linked In and Twitter. Our Portal Uploading service is the quickest and easiest way to get your Properties onto your Social Networks. What’s more you can even post your own news article straight to your website helping you to engage with your audience, keep content fresh whilst also moving traffic to your website and adding to Search-Engine Optimisation (SEO) at the same time.

Quick Tip – Deposit Refunds

So you’re checking out a Tenant and noticed they’ve spilt ketchup on the living room carpet. How do you handle the deposit refund? Go to the Tenant’s record and select the Tenancy. Click the Menu button and choose Check-Out.
Charge the Tenant by clicking Add in the Deductions to Pay to Landlord section. Choose a suitable product such as ‘Professional Cleaning’ and adjust the amount. Save, Add Utility Readings and Forward Address as required then Save.


Tired of seeing photos you’ve taken the time and effort to take and crop and edit appearing on your competitors website? Well we’ve come up with a neat way to stop culprits before they can start. We’ve added a new feature which means you can emblazon your photos with a watermark. You’ll see this plus some more nifty features in the latest release of Acquaint. If you have an Acquaint built website and want to watermark all your existing photos we recommend giving us a call first.

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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.


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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Dublin house prices increase 7.7%

Residential House Prices

Second hand house prices in Dublin have increased by 7.7 per cent since the start of the year, according to the latest Douglas Newman Good (DNG) property price gauge.

The nationwide estate agency also said that prices have increased by 15.1 per cent, or €37,500, in the twelve months leading up to the end of June this year.

The agency added that the price bump is being driven by a number of factors including an improvement in confidence, the availability of mortgage finance and a limited supply of family homes.

Chief executive officer for Douglas Newman Good, Keith Lowe, said that a lack of new construction is putting upward pressure on prices and that 2013 appears to be the turning point in Ireland’s housing market.

“What has emerged is clearly a two tier market with property located in the greater Dublin area far out performing all other locations,” he said.

“Property prices in the capital are rising by over 1 per cent per month as demand is clearly out stripping supply”.

The average price of a second hand home in the capital is now €279,000. The south of the city performed best with an annual increase of 16.2 per cent followed by the north side at 16 per cent and the west recording a 10.7 per cent increase.

According to the report this is reflective of the fact that the most expensive priced property is located on the south side of city, which rose in value the most in the boom consequently fell the quickest in the crash. The west side, which would have many entry level priced houses, is recovering at a more moderate level of growth.

Houses in the lower and middle price brackets up to €350,000 performed best in the last quarter with a 4.5 per cent increase, however, houses worth more than €500,000 showed the biggest annual increase at 18.2 per cent.

Homes worth less than €250,000 recorded the lowest annual increase (10.7 per cent). This segment of the market has traditionally been for first time buyers, which the report’s authors say has been hit hardest and remains constrained by unemployment and emigration.

Utilising data from the Irish Banking Federation (IBF) and the property price register the report also estimates that up to 62 per cent of the 4,774 sales in the first three months of the year were cash transactions, this compares with 47.6 per cent during the same period in 2012.

The property price register also estimates that the average transaction price of an Irish house was €191,320 for the period Jan to Apr 2013.

During this period Dublin houses were estimated to be €297,574 while those in the rest of Ireland were €140,243.

Between January and April of this year the total value of national housing transactions was also up 13 per cent. Monaghan showed a 131 per cent increase in the number of property transactions, the highest of all counties.