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The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?

The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?

The Galway races: Looking for somewhere to stay?It’s that time of year again when horse enthusiasts flock in their thousands to Ballybrit racecourse for an auld flutter on the horses. The Galway Races is one, if not ‘the’ top race meetings of the year and attracts some 200,000 race-goers! If you haven’t planned ahead or if you have taken a spontaneous last minute decision to up sticks and head for Galway for the week, accommodation will no doubt be sparse if not, non-existent.

BUT while hotels and B&Bs will no doubt be choc o’ block throughout the week we’ve found a handful of holiday homes only a stones throw from all the action at Ballybrit; here is our top 3:

Should support be provided for those with mortgage arrears?

Should support be provided for those with mortgage arrears?

Should support be provided for those with mortgage arrearsAfter a 2-week visit to Ireland last month, the IMF released a report yesterday commending the measures the Irish Government took to deal with its financial crisis. The report also endorsed plans to help struggling homeowners burdened with mortgage difficulties as a result of the financial crisis by putting in place “narrowly-targeted support measures for vulnerable homeowners”.

Most recent figures show that 1 in every 25 or some 32,000 residential mortgage holders in the state have not paid their mortgage for three months or more. Under the new recommendations (which are to be made next week) lenders will have to collaborate with hard pressed mortgage holders and offer them one or a combination of the following;

Electricity Bills May Rise Over Levy

Electricity Bills May Rise Over Levy

Electricity bills may rise over levySurprise surprise but another household bill may just be on the rise again in the not so distant future. This time round our electricity bill is set to get slapped with an extra €40 a year due to a Government proposal to pay for green energy incentives and support of peat-fired power plants.

As it said in the papers every year the Commission for Energy Regulation imposes a public service charge on all electricity users to pay for incentives for renewable energy and to support peat-fired power plants.

3 Properties for €200,000 in Co. Meath

3 Properties for €200,000 in Co. Meath

3 Properties for €200,000 in Co. Meath

This weeks three featured properties are all located in Co. Meath and all three are priced at €200,000! All properties are deemed good value for money which would make ideal first time buy or family homes. First on the cards is 50 Fitzherbert Court, a 3 bed semi property located in Navan. The property is described as a spacious house in walk in condition and boasts a maintenance free exterior with ample parking. Take a closer look at 50 Fitzherbert Court, Navan

Survey Shows First Time Buyers Ready to buy

Survey Shows First Time Buyers Ready to buy

Survey Shows First Time Buyers Ready to BuyAccording to MyHome.ie, the number of people who plan to buy their first home in the next year is on the rise. A recent survey carried by the property website has revealed that two thirds of first-time buyers hope to make a purchase in the next 12 months, a 7% rise since last Autumn.

Not surprisingly, the survey also showed that first time buyers are looking for cheaper property with 5% fewer respondents looking to buy a property between 300K and 350K, 4% more searching in the 200K to 250K. The three bed semi is the property type of choice as apartments continue to remain out of favour.

Garden & Outdoors
Growing your own Strawberries

Growing your own Strawberries

Growing your own StrawberriesYou can grow your own fresh Strawberries in a pot outside the door. A strawberry pot can hold 6-8 strawberry plants and will fruit with delicious fruits all summer long if you water and feed it well. This is the time to plant them up. First they will flower with bright eyed white flowers and then the fruit starts to swell. Expect to pick your first delicious strawberry in early June.

You can also sow strawberries in hanging baskets, window boxes and big flower pots. This method suits them very well as the fruits can hang over the edge and be free of soil. In pots and borders, strawberries are best surrounded by a few handfuls of straw. It keeps the soil warm, stops the soil losing moisture and stops the strawberries lying on the soil. That is why they are called STRAWberries after all! …

One in three struggle to pay bills

One in three struggle to pay bills

 One in three struggle to pay billsResults of a survey carried by the Irish Mortgage Corporation have revealed that almost one-in-three Irish consumers admit they are having problems paying their bills.

Their Personal Budgeting Survey shows there has been a 59% increase on last year on the numbers struggling last year to meet their payments on mortgages, loans, credit cards and electricity bills. Close to three out of four consumers said they plan to reduce their spending further in 2010 to cope with higher charges, particularly rising mortgages rates. Ways of cutting back on spending included prioritizing paying off high-interest debts such as credit cards, more than a third said they will cancel their family holiday while one in four said they planning to cut their pension contributions. Not only that but the survey showed that one-in-five mortgage holders said they had been preparing for increases to their monthly repayments by saving…

Garden & Outdoors
Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

You don’t need a farm, or a large garden, even a small garden, you can even grow vegetables in a pot or a bag on a balcony, doorstep, window sill, patio, or deck. You can even grown some salad sprouts on the office desk for lunch! How cool is that?

Since we believe its so easy, here are a few simple steps to get you started.
The Salad sprouts are the easiest of all to grow. You can grow them indoors in a seed sprouter. In just 3-4 days you can have crunchy, healthy, bean sprouts, baby beetroot leaves, baby radish, black eyed peas and lots more growing in your kitchen or office to eat for a healthy salad lunch. Just add water! …

UK: Rise in demand for rental properties

UK: Rise in demand for rental properties

UK: Rise in demand for rental propertiesAccording to the latest residential lettings survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK residential landlords there are likely to see the rental market pick up in the coming months.

The survey revealed that because of a fall in the supply of new properties coming onto the marketing for the second quarter in a row and a sizeable decline in supply of both apartments and houses to rent in the marketplace there is now an increased demand for rental property.

Because of these factors a rise in rent rates now seems inevitable, as supply cannot meet

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