Technologies Transforming the Mortgage Industry in Ireland   

In Ireland, the mortgage industry has began a journey of digital transformation. The transformation has been fueled by the increase of home buyers who are tech-savvy, and the need to handle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020 alone, the mortgage industry was pushed into a new era of technology that arose due to simple necessity. When the virus began wrecking havoc in Ireland, most companies were reluctant to invest in technological tool. However, many lenders now understand the need to provide online mortgage solutions with an aim of appealing to the borrowers who are socially distanced. There are three major technology trends that mark major transform in Ireland’s mortgage industry.

The first in an increase in the adoption of Application Programming Interface (API) to streamline various business processes. APIs have began to help mortgage providers to improve their efficiency through the automation of their workflows and as a result, they have been able to guarantee the accuracy of their data while helping them comply with the Irish regulations. Without a doubt, the lack of efficiency in the …

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5 Features that make a profitable Rental Property

Investing in a residential rental property can be a great and profitable way to boost your investment portfolio. However, real estate is a tough business. For this reason, it’s important to do detailed research on the pros and cons of real estate investing before buying your first property.

It is important to start your search for property before bringing an agent into the picture, as they may pressure you to an investment that is not best suited for you. During this preliminary research, you’ll want to narrow down several key characteristics you are looking for in your property, such as size, location and amenities. In this article, we will discuss 5 key features to look for to ensure that your real estate investment is a profitable one.

1. Know Your Neighborhood

The location of your property is one of the most important things to consider. Knowing which type of neighborhood you are investing in will determine the type of tenants you will attract, as well as your vacancy rates. For example, if your property is near a university, then you …

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7 Tips for Entrepreneurs in Ireland

Being an entrepreneur can be both exciting and challenging. Here are 7 tips to help you navigate the ups and downs of building a successful business.

1. Learn to Embrace Risk

Starting your own business is a risk in itself, but don’t be afraid to take on more risk along the way. If you are too cautious and risk-averse, you may end up missing out on great opportunities for growth. Jeff Bezos has said that learning to take risks has helped him to realize that he wouldn’t regret failure, but he would regret not trying.

2. Have self Confidence

A crucial element of being a successful entrepreneur is leadership. And the most important trait required to be an effective leader is self-confidence. Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motors, famously said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

3. Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life, and nobody’s perfect, especially in business. However, many entrepreneurs tend to either ignore their mistakes, or dwell on them for too long. A more productive approach is to …

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Top 5 Cities to invest in Ireland 2021

Investing in property is one of the biggest decision you will ever make in life. Location is perhaps the most significant factor to take into consideration. As an investment, property in a good location will continue to be an asset regardless of the future fluctuations in the real estate market.  In Ireland, there are 5 cities which guarantee that your property continues to be profitable investments because of a good flow of tenants, low maintenance costs, high capital appreciation, and the good rental yield.

Dublin

Of course, Dublin is first in the list. The city is at the top of the list when it comes to best places to purchase property according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Reports of 2020. The city’s real estate market is powerful in terms of both development prospects and investment potential. The city comes third after Berlin and Lisbon as the best place to invest in the whole of Europe. The growth of technology in the city is attracting tech giants like Facebook and Google, whose growing number of employees prefer to …

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Methods to start growing money 101

Everybody wants their money to increase. But let’s think about the most fundamental question – what’s it to be rich in Ireland? Before we get to the ‘how to’, do you drive a BMW or have luxury cruises and eat at the high-end restaurants? Well, this is only the icing on the cake. It’s enough money to be truly prosperous, to assure a financial future. How can we become rich if we cut to the chase? Have you ever wondered what is common to the rich? It’s their approach to money and, of course, a little luck. Wealthy individuals invest in the long-term and are not dismissed by transitory upheavals and falling. 

The first best way to grow money is avoiding debt. Debt is like marsh for many individuals and therefore, it should be avoided because it gets them stuck as they get deeper. Build a habit that you won’t accept extra debt no matter what. Probably the most significant impediment to being affluent for most of us. When you want to invest, prioritize two things; pay off your …

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Dublin, Ireland the next tech city?

Cities are formed by their socioeconomic environments, and therefore, external developments of all sizes heavily impact them. The urban effects of deindustrialization and global economic restructuring are well documented.  From the Industrial Revolution to the 21st Century, urban transitions mirror societal changes. This is seen in North American and European cities, and in less-developed nations where massive industrialization is currently taking place. Dublin is symbolic of urban economic reform since it has seen substantial changes in recent years making it the next tech city.

Ireland was one of Europe’s wealthiest nations from the mid-1990s until 2007, when the global financial crisis struck, with the country’s GDP almost twice the European standards. The economic expansion was fueled by the convergence of several intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Also, a sequence of pro-growth government legislative proposals, such as the provision of efficient monetary rewards to attract more foreign investment, particularly from North American sophisticated production company and service companies, and, for the first time in Irish history, massive net immigration was witnessed. The most remarkable effects have been felt in the Greater Dublin …

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What will the Local Property Tax changes mean for you?

On 2 June 2021, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed the details of the Local Property Tax (LPT) changes. Once the changes go into effect on 1 November, the government estimates that just over a third (36 percent) of property owners will see an increase on their bill, just over half (53 percent) will see no change at all, and 11 percent will see their tax payments reduced.

First off, what is the Local Property Tax? The Local Property Tax was introduced in 2013, and it is an annual charge on all residential properties in the State. Basically, if you own a residential property, you will have to pay this tax. The charges are currently based on self-assessed valuations carried out in 2013. The amount you pay is based on the valuation of your property, and there are 20 different LPT bands, with the lowest two having fixed rate charges of €90 and €225. The problem with these valuations is that property prices have surged since 2013, while the valuations of property for LPT purposes have not changed since 1 May 2013. …

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5 Things to Consider when Viewing a House in Ireland

As a first time buyer, viewing houses can be exhausting. There are countless things to consider, such as the layout of the home, the location and nearby schools, and much, much more. This can be a bit overwhelming when viewing open houses, as there is so much to observe you might miss some key details about the property. In this article, we will discuss 5 key things to observe and be aware of when viewing houses, so your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

1.How long has the property been on the market?

The first question you should ask the estate agent is how long the property has been on the market. If a property has been on the market for more than a few months and still isn’t selling, there’s usually a reason why. While this could come down to a number of things, from price to hidden structural issues to low demand, this is a good gauge of potential red flags.

2. Account for renovation

Many people make the mistake of buying houses that appear to be …

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5 Ways to save for a Deposit

Saving up to buy a home can seem like a big challenge. Your home is likely the biggest purchase you will ever make, and unlike saving for retirement, this payment is a large sum of money that you will need to access soon. This may seem challenging, but with a solid savings plan, anyone can save enough to put a down payment on their dream home. In this article, we’ll cover 5 easy ways to start saving for your down payment today.

 

Budget your money wisely

The first and most important step in any savings plan is budgeting. To build your budget, examine your bank statements and credit card payments to see where your money is going. Make sure to keep track of how much you spend on necessary payments, such as rent, utilities, and student loan payments if you have them. Next, consider how much you spend on eating out, entertainment, and other nonessentials. While you are saving, it is a good idea to set limits on each of these categories and stick to it, setting aside the …

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Costs you Should be Aware of before Buying a House

There are more costs associated with buying your first home than just the 10% deposit. There are many additional fees, duties and taxes that you should be aware of before buying your home. 

 

The first fee you should be aware of is the stamp duty. The stamp duty is not included in your mortgage, so it’s a good idea to save this fee up in addition to your 10% deposit. The stamp duty is calculated at 1% of the selling price on a home or residential property of up to €1m, and 2% of the selling price on homes and residential properties above €1m. This stamp duty may change however, and full details are available on the Revenue.ie website. 

Legal fees are another hidden cost of buying a home that you should look out for. There are a lot of legal aspects that have to be accounted for when officially transferring ownership of the property to you, so you should find a trusted real estate lawyer to take care of this transfer. Legal fees will vary depending on …

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