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Who is buying in Dublin?

At present there is a buying spree taking place within the Irish Commercial Property market. Foreign buyers are keen to snap up the prime assets in Dublin. Software for estate agents

Analysts predict that these commercial deals that are taking place will top  €1.2 billion in 2013. So who are these buyers? Well, Kennedy Wilson is the main player and is leading the investors’ buying spree of Dublin commercial property. They invested €306 million this week for the Opera/Castle Market Holdings portfolio. This portfolio includes the Bank of Ireland building on Mespil Road in Dublin 4 and it also owns a stake in the bank itself. Other recent purchases include the State Street building on the docklands for €108 million, the Clancy Quay development near Phoenix Park for €40 million and the Gasworks apartment complex in D4 for €84 million.

Dublin has attracted investors from many countries in the past 18 months including America, Britain, Germany, Israel, Canada and beyond.

So why are these investors suddenly interested in Dublin? Are they mad after what happened back in 2008? Apparently not according to consultants the figures from property agencies reflect an increase in sales volumes, and prices are slowly but surely beginning to creep up, yields are beginning to decrease and the supply is now getting tighter.

So what are your views on the Commercial Property Market? If you were an investor would you invest like the others?

That’s all for today! We hope your week is going well!

Mobile Technology and Your Business

Almost 90% of small businesses are currently using mobile devices and apps. Businesses can now utilise mobile to increase productivity as well as run their business. There are many benefits to mobile, one of the main and important ones being that you can work on the go or have the ability to communicate to others through voice, text (sms and email) and even through visuals (eg. Facetime and Skype).

This multi-functional device can be ideal for employees on the go, for client relations, by cutting down response times, to managing social medias, by downloading social apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Not using a mobile device, be that a smart phone or a tablet can, in this day and age, significantly reduce your  opportunities to connect with and communication to your customers as well as other employees.

Many Apps have been developed to assist and streamline the day to day running of a business, from Apps that enable networking such as Bump, which allows users to transfer business cards, images and files by ‘bumping’ smart phones together to expense management Apps such as Expensify.

Mobile Apps
The world in the palm of your hand
In terms of collaboration, the Google Drive suite allows gmail users to share  and view their documents, be they in progress or otherwise. This Drive offers a multitude of documents, regular word files, powerpoint presentation format, excel, basically it’s an Internet version of the Microsoft Office Suite. Another essential App used by many businesses is Dropbox, allowing synchronisation of files and documents across multiple devices.
Another handy little App is Evernote, which allows users to document their ideas. Users can save ideas, images and audio before they forget them .

 

Mobile is proving itself to be a viable business tool with well over half of small business owners that have invested in mobile seeing a positive return which was either on target or has exceeded their expectations.

More and more apps are being developed daily and with mobile users rising significantly in the past few years, its now more vital than ever that businesses know how to operate and utilise this medium effectively. In fact as users on on the rise,  it may eventually dominate the way we do business all together. Make sure to keep an eye on these Apps and mobile technology, you can be sure your competitors are!

 

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Recycling in Recessionary Time

Given the current financial restraints that we face today  embarking  on a new challenge can be quite daunting. Any new business venture is going to have some element of risk and uncertainty associated with it. Siopaella based in the heart of Dublin’s temple bar has proven that with drive, determination and a good business model you can make any new venture successful.

What makes this business venture so successful?. While the concept of swapping old clothes has been around for some time the geographical location of this shop makes it more appealing to potential customers. Having somewhere to bring your old tired clothes, give them a new loving home and potentially make a few euro all in the one transaction can be  very appealing. Who doesn’t like the idea of bringing in a pair of old jeans and walking out with a Chanel bag. Every womans dream right? Utilizing this concept has proven to be successful for Siopaella. Operating a business in recessionary times can be something that can be fun, enjoyable and successful.

 

Here at 4pm we try and cater for people who have a variety of budgets with varying requirements. 4pm can take the hassle out of designing your website for you and we will also facilitate your online marketing needs. Just like swapping your old clothes for something new and exciting, why not let the team here at 4pm help you update your website and swap it for something more new and modern. Feel free to call us on 014978671 for a consultation and let us help you promote your business successfully in recessionary times.

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Property Market, Are We Over The Worst?

It is said the property market is showing signs of life after years of decline. There are some positive signs, more mortgages are being approved and even more auctions are taking place around the country. There are still some areas of the country that remain ghost towns but there are areas picking up slowly. The areas tend to be areas with good access, public transport and schools close by.

 

Robert Ganley of Auctioneers Frank Knight said “there is a big rise in the number of viewings” and competition between people that have loans approved and people with hard cash.

 

The area that seems to be hotting up is the family home sector. Many expats planning to retire are coming home from abroad with hard earned cash from other countries and getting a good exchange rate because of the weakness of the Euro.

 

There are also the people who sold up in the boom years and decided to wait and rent, they now want to step into the market as it is becoming more expensive to rent as it is to buy.

 

Will Coonan said that there is an improvement in areas in Dublin like Clontarf, Castleknock and South Dublin where asking prices are some time being exceeded.

 

With demand for family homes picking up, it still seems as though getting a mortgage is tough, even though the banks claim otherwise.

 

It seems as though cash buyers and expats now feel the market has bottomed out and are ready to put up the cash in order to get good homes at a bargain.

 

In contrast it is said, penthouses once top of celebrities shopping list have fallen by up to 84%. It seems as if needs are now being addressed rather than wants by buyers.

 

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