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    Guidelines for property viewings updated due to rising level of Covid-19 cases

    Updated guidelines regarding property viewings have come into effect from today.
    The Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA), the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV) and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) have updated their ‘Property Services Providers Guidance to implementing Plan for Living with Covid-19‘ document which was released last year.
    The document was originally published last October to guide agents on how to operate under the various levels of the Government’s Living with Covid strategy.
    Given the rising number of Covid-19 cases over the Christmas and New Year period, new restrictions have come into effect today which will be reviewed on January 31st.
    The biggest change is that there will now be no in-person viewings of properties unless you’re already at the sale agreed stage with contracts signed.
    A statement from the PSRA said: “Due to the increasing and deeply concerning daily COVID-19 case numbers in Ireland over the very recent period, Government has requested that further tightening of restrictions in delivery of property services be addressed and implemented.
    “Accordingly, IPAV, PSRA and SCSI have reviewed and updated the Property Services Providers Guidance to Implementing a Plan for Living with Covid-19.
    “The revised Guidance document is updated to reflect the further tightening of restrictions in the provision of property services effective from 13 January 2021, which will be reviewed on 31 January 2021.
    “It is critical that you read and fully understand the new section ‘Level 5 Restrictions effective on 13 January 2021 for review on 31 January 2021’ in the document.
    “In order for property service providers, customers and the public remain safe and well, you are requested to comply with these new revised guidelines during the provision of all property services.”
    The guidance can be read in full here. More

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    Uni Units – some of the best student accommodation on offer right now

    The Leaving Cert results are out on Monday and with that will come the inevitable rush for college places.
    Settling in to your surroundings can be key in your first year at an IT or university so we’ve picked out some of the best student accommodation on right now.
    Check them out below…
    Millbrook Student Accommodation, Carlow

    Located just five minutes from the town centre, 15 minutes from Carlow IT and five minutes from St Patrick’s College, this student accommodation also. Benefits from 1,000MB unlimited broadband.
    Binary Hub, Bonham Street, Dublin 8

    The Binary Hub is home to 471 students and is located within close proximity of most of Dublin’s main colleges such as NCAD, Trinity College, RCSI, BIMM, DBS and numerous language schools in the city.
    Summerhill, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

    These high quality student apartments are available on a single occupancy basis only and cost from €240 per week including bills. Within walking distance of the city centre and several of the Dublin’s main education hubs. On site facilities include: a gym, games room, study rooms, cinema, roof top terrace and much more.
    Green Park student accommodation, Dundalk, Co Louth

    This purpose built student accommodation is situated just a few minutes walk away from Dundalk IT. Each apartment has five single bedrooms with two bathrooms.
    Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11

    The Aspen apartments close to DCU have a range of options from self-contained studios to shared apartments. Aspen also has a long list of onsite facilities for you to explore and enjoy, including a big common area, cinema, gym, games room and more. More

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    Massive boost to tourism sector with major rise in staycation interest

    Searches on in June for Irish holiday homes up 112% year-on-year
    Notable decline in interest when lockdown restrictions were at their height
    The domestic tourism sector is set to receive a significant boost this summer, with a major rise in the number of people searching for holiday homes around the country.
    Interest in staycations on the property website soared in recent weeks as lockdown restrictions were eased – with a 112% increase in searches for “Irish holiday homes” in June 2020 compared with the same period the year before.

    However, during March and April – when Covid-19 cases escalated and lockdown restrictions were at their height – there was a marked decline in Irish holiday home searches on the website. March saw a 48% year-on-year decline, while April saw a 41% decline over the same period.
    In May, there was a 28% increase in searches for Irish holiday homes compared with the same period in 2019 as the roadmap for lockdown easing began.
    The staycation trend looks set to benefit most tourism hotspots around the country, with significant increases in holiday home searches in June 2020 compared with June 2019 in counties including:
    Kerry: up 107%
    Sligo: up 105%
    Galway: up 83%
    Clare: up 57%
    Donegal: up 45%
    It also appears that the west is best for staycations, as searches for holiday homes in Dublin in June 2020 stayed relatively steady, up by just 6% compared with the same period in 2019.
    Angela Keegan, Managing Director of, said: “These findings reflect the huge pent-up demand that exists among people after three months of lockdown, which will have a much-needed knock-on effect for a hospitality sector that has suffered badly as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. People need a holiday to look forward to after a tough year, and it looks like the domestic economy will benefit from the Government’s continued guidance to avoid non-essential foreign travel.”
    You can check out the selection of holiday homes on here. More

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    Rents fell slightly in final quarter of 2019

    The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has published the quarterly Rent Index for the October-December period (Q4) of 2019. The national standardised average rent was €1,226 per month, up by 6.4% (€74) from Q4 2018, and quarter-on-quarter rents decreased nationally by -1.2% (€15) in Q4 2019. Following referral from the Housing Agency and the Minister for […] More

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    National average rent up by €94 in the last year

    The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has published their quarterly Rent Index, for the July-September period (Q3) of 2019. The standardised national average rent was €1,243 per month, up by about €94 from Q3 2018, and quarter-on-quarter rents grew nationally by 3.3% in Q3 2019. The RTB Rent Index, which is compiled in conjunction with the Economic and Social […] More

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    New Year, New Office

    Around this time of year you hear a lot about New Year, New Me. However, when it comes to the world of business how about New Year, New Office? The right location for your business can be vital in helping you meet your goals. From being close to your customer base, to being in a […] More