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Price register by June – Irish Times

IRELAND will finally get a detailed property price register by next June. Tom Lynch, head of the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA), told Around the Block yesterday that he “would be very surprised if the Authority didn’t have it out before then”.

The PRSA, of course, is the body tasked with publishing the register, and Lynch says publishing it will be his priority, once the Property Services (Regulation) Bill 2009 becomes law, likely within a month or so.

An amendment to the bill, which passed Committee stage in the Dáil in mid-October, orders that particulars of residential property sales prices, including addresses, prices paid and dates of sale, will be included in the register.

Lynch and his team, based in their Navan office, are already working out how to transfer the information from the Revenue Commissioners, already in receipt of this information for stamp duty purposes (it involves writing a new computer programme, basically).

The plan is to publish information as far back as possible, although getting accurate figures may be more difficult the further back they go, Lynch suggests. However, information going back at least two years should be included with the register.

The PSRA, set up in the days when the property industry was riding high, will have many other jobs to do. It was set up to regulate the industry and will do this by licensing everyone – from auctioneers, estate, letting and property management agents – working in the industry.

But it’s good to know that giving the public instant access to house sale prices is top of its “to do” list.

This article appeared here in the Irish Times.

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Our new 30% off campaign – KPM.ie

Today see’s the launch of our campaign to drive down the costs of property management fee’s across the country.

Over the last 3 months we have surveyed just over 500 customers of various property management agencies to see what their perception of property management agencies was and to ask what changes they would like to see in the way their agency deals with them.

Over 74% came back to say that charges for property management and associated services were far too high with the vast majority of those feeling that they don’t get value for the services they pay for.

Customer service satisfaction across all property management companies was also a poor performer with 68% of those asked saying that in their experience property management companies lacked basic customer service skills with most rarely responding to issues in a satisfactory way.

So, on the back of this feedback we have started to roll out a campaign to slash costs and improve our service offering. We are calling on owners who pay excessive property management fee’s to let us quote for your business and we will guarantee to hammer down your annual charges by a minimum of 30%. In some cases a 30% reduction can mean  a saving of as much as €300 – €500 for each household, a saving we could all do with in the current climate.

For further details on how you can start saving please get in touch with us by clicking here.

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Dublin property down 50% – Stephen McCarthy

The decline in house prices in Ireland is accelerating with apartments now worth just 53% of their peak price in 2007, government figures show. House prices in Dublin are down 46% and outside the capital the drop is 36%, the Central Statistics Office said.

The collapse of value in apartments is being put down to over-supply and the continued lack of mortgage lending by the main Irish banks, even after the bailout.

Stephen McCarthy, managing director of Space estate agents believes the true picture is worse. He joined UK auctioneers Allsop for a mass auction of distressed properties in April and is planning a second one on 7 July with 87 properties going under the hammer, including a six-bedroom house in Dublin on Ailesbury Road, Ireland‘s most expensive street. It has a reserve of €1.45m (£884,000). A similar house on the same road was bought by bust property developer Derek Quinlan in 2007 for €8.5m.

“There’s a lagging indicator with the figures. The auction in April shows that house prices were down 47% on peak. Property is certainly down more than 50% on average in Dublin,” said McCarthy. “Recovery won’t happen until the banks start lending again.”

He said for the first time in living memory it was now cheaper to buy than to rent but “Mr and Mrs Murphy just can’t borrow the money”.

The CSO’s Residential Property Price Index shows that property prices fell by 1% in April compared to a decrease of 0.7% in April last year. The annual figures show the decrease in value is accelerating.

Via The Guardian

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Bloom 2011

Yes, it’s that time of the year again folks, time for our favourite outdoor show and this year it looks like we will be blessed with sunshine 🙂

The event will showcase the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry and key attractions this year include a record 27 spectacular show-gardens; an Irish Craft Garden in association with the Crafts Council of Ireland to celebrate the Year of Craft; Bloom’s first international garden from China and the new Bord Bia Food Village.

Key sponsors and event partners for this years Bloom 2011 include:  the OPW, Failte Ireland, Love Irish Food, Irish Times, Growise, Woodies DIY, Nissan Leaf, Craft Council of Ireland, An Post, Irish Rail, LUAS, Laurent Perrier, VW, Viking, Lyric FM and Glenisk.

 Bloom is open daily this bank holiday weekend from 10am-6pm, Thursday to Monday. Advance tickets are on sale now from €15 – kids go free! www.bloominthepark.com.

The team @ Bloom have kindly given us two tickets to give away to one of our readers. The first person to DM us over on Twitter and agrees to send us some pics will get the tickets.  @kpm_ie

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First road trip of the summer – Sligo and Donegal

According to the weatherman our summer should be kicking off towards the end of this week with temperatures due to reach the mid-twenties, fingers crossed.

We will be finishing up in the office on Wednesday evening, packing the motor with the wellies, fishing rods and the hiking gear and heading off for a road trip through Sligo and South Donegal.

With the economy in such a state and so many little Irish businesses closing we have made a conscious decision to holiday throughout Ireland this year.

The stress levels are as high as ever in the office so hopefully the going gets a little slower once we leave the capital. We are in search of long beach walks, some river fishing, perhaps a ramble along the bottom of Benbulben and some fabulous food. @DaisyCottageIRL has been tweeting lots of recommendations to us for food, great to get some local recommendations.

We will hit the road early on Thursday and hopefully tweet all the landmarks on the way.

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Our new look @ Keenan Property Management

The above was our web presence for the last few years and yes we know it looks stone age so we have been working away on a new look for our website.

After much research and feedback it soon became clear that all the other property management outfits all stick to the dull and boring corporate look, a sure way of driving folks away.

Taking into consideration all our findings we came up with a radical new look, well radical I suppose for a PM company, after all its hardly a very sexy product that we offer 🙂 .

Okay, drumroll over, here is what we have come up with. It’s still very much a work in progress so we would be delighted with your feedback.

Oh, and if you want to have a proper look at our new site, click here.

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Stunning interior or way overboard?

From the outside it looks like a normal, drab sixties house like any other on the terraced street.

But inside, tenant Robert Burns has transformed his rented council home in Brighton, UK into a stunning lookalike of the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

Drawing on his skills as a retired decorator he has spent the past eight years turning his £86-a-week property on the outskirts of the East Sussex town into an astonishing Renaissance-style masterpiece.

Every inch of the walls and ceilings is covered with elaborate frescoes inspired by 15th century works by famous Italian painters, complete with gilt-edged nativity scenes and portraits of the Virgin Mary.

He said: ‘I spent fifteen years of my working life applying exactly the same shade of magnolia to people’s living rooms with a paint roller. You could teach a primate to be a half-decent decorator. I needed a creative outlet.

‘One day I saw some photos of the Vatican in Rome and thought, “I could do that”. I never looked back.’

His wife Linda, 55, said she is her husband’s sternest critic. She said: ‘I always let him know what I think. He will ask me if a Madonna would look good on a particular wall, or whether the eyebrows are painted on straight.

‘I love what he’s done with the house. Robert is so talented. He was wasted as a decorator. The only problem is we have begun to realise his life’s work is all painted on plaster.

Via Daily Mail

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