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    Plough On – Some of the best farmhouses on the market right now

    The Ploughing Championships were due to have taken place this week but, like many events this year, it has fallen victim to Covid-19.
    Thankfully, there is another event planned for Laois next year but the love of farming is a year round one.
    With that in mind, we decided to look at some of the best farms and farmhouses on the market right now around the country.
    Check them out below…
    Holly Farm, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow
    Loughbeg Farm, Lissacaha, Schull, Co Cork

    Knockadreet Farm, Knockadreet, Ashford, Co Wicklow

    Swanberry Farm, Pallas, Gorey, Co Wexford

    FoxMeadow House Stud Farm, Kileen, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny More

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    Prospective homebuyers still confident about buying despite Covid-19 impact

    71% of potential buyers are planning on purchasing a property in the next year
    40% expect property prices to fall by up to 10% in the next year
    76% believe the Government could do more to help the property sector
    73% feel safe viewing properties at present
    Prospective homebuyers are still confident about their ability to buy despite resilient house prices and the ongoing effect of Covid-19 to the economy, according to a new survey from MyHome.ie.
    The survey suggests that 71% of prospective buyers are still planning on buying a new property in the next year. This compares with 68% of prospective buyers who were surveyed last May.
    However, consumer opinion regarding house prices has changed since the summer. Now, just 13% of survey respondents believe property prices will fall by over 10% in the next year, whereas last May 37% of consumers predicted that outcome.
    Four in ten consumers now believe that prices will fall by up to 10% in the next year, while half of all respondents believe next year will represent a good time to buy property.
    The survey of 2,716 people also found that three-quarters (76%) of respondents believe the Government could do more to help the property sector.
    The virus is expected to have significant long-term effects, with 61% of respondents believing it will lead to more online processes in general to minimise unnecessary contact. Meanwhile, 23% believe it will lead to quicker sales processes in general.
    In a boost to the sector, 73% of respondents to the survey said they felt safe viewing properties at present.
    Angela Keegan, Managing Director of MyHome.ie, said that the findings reflected the ongoing demand that was evident in the market.
    “Even though consumers have not seen the price drops that many predicted when Covid-19 emerged, demand has stayed strong throughout Q2 and Q3. It appears that many prospective buyers have not been hit by the economic fallout from Covid-19. MyHome.ie had its busiest ever month for website traffic last July, and this is reflected in the fact that seven out of ten respondents are planning on purchasing a property in the next year.”
    However, Ms Keegan warned that it was crucial that construction activity be allowed to continue in the coming months.
    “Our analysis shows that stock levels are down by 22% year-on-year, which is concerning. A healthy, functioning property market needs a good balance of supply and demand, and as such we need to see construction continue unimpeded over the winter if at all possible.” More

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    Fore of the best golfing homes on the market right now

    News broke this week that the Ryder Cup had been postponed until September 2021 in the hope that crowds will be able to attend the bi-yearly team event between Europe and the USA.
    While that gives our captain Padraig Harrington more time to prepare for the trip to Whistling Straits, it also means that Adare Manor in Limerick will have the honour of hosting the event’s centenary in 2027.
    Golf was among the first sports to return as we came out of lockdown but for a fortunate few, they were able to practice their putting even when the country was shutdown due to Covid-19.
    We decided to take a look at some of the best golfing homes on the market right now that is sure to appeal to golf fans.
    Kildarick, Old Rathmichael, Quarry Road, Rathmichael, Dublin 18

    Type: 5 bed detached house
    Estate Agent: Daphne Kaye & Associates
    Asking price: €2,375,000
    Summerhill, Marino Avenue West, Killiney, Co. Dublin

    Type: 7 bed detached house
    Estate Agent: Lisney
    Asking price: €8,900,000
    75A Sandymount Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

    Type: 3 bed semi-detached house
    Estate Agent: McNally Handy
    Asking price: €995,000
    Augusta Lodge, Golf Course Road, Westport, Co Mayo

    Type: 12 bed detached house
    Estate Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Crowley
    Asking price: €850,000 More