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Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk: Property Market 2016

  AnotherNew Year, another new Irish property report… To kick off 2016, Carol Tallon, author of the Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook annuals joined Pat Kenny on Newstalk, with the ever-engaging Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers to discuss the latest property report from MyHome.ie (Q4 2015). Listen […]

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The Nature of Trauma

THE original meaning of the word ‘survivor’ was ‘one who outlived another’. This evolved to refer to people who lived through events that might surely have killed them. In the modern age this now loosely means ‘one who copes well with adversities in life’. These three definitions […]

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CSR is Dead; Long Live Industry-Specific Corporate Social Impact

Resources being spent addressing social needs without the structure of a business model are unsustainable and therefore incapable of having any significant impact. The business world can seem overly complex to the charity sector; an ‘us versus them’ attitude has always prevailed, making collaboration between the two […]

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Estate Agents in Ireland Need to Get Social

LAST week I attended the IAB Mobile Connect Conference at the, always impressive, Guinness Storehouse. The theme of the day was ‘Mobilise your Marketing Mix’ and it got me thinking about how estate agents promote their property business and, in particular, how this has changed (if at […]

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Christmas Comes to Dublin

THE clouds parted for a few brief hours last Sunday as thousands gathered in the Grafton Quarter of Dublin to welcome the Christmas season. The first address was given by 98FM’s Adrian Kennedy, who led a minute of silence as a mark of solidarity with the victims […]

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The Everyday Reality of House-Hunting in Dublin

There are fewer ready buyers in the Dublin market at the moment, the problem is that every buyer is competing for the same few houses   House-hunting is rarely as exciting or romantic as the term might suggest and this is particularly true in the Dublin market […]

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Taking Negotiations from War-Zone to War-Room

The Philosophy of Bargaining         I have written extensively about negotiation over the past decade; for property and most commercial transactions, I generally recommend pre-negotiation, where possible. There are people for whom negotiating is an innate ability, as natural as breathing, walking and communicating. […]

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The Lost Art of Reading

I am teaching myself to read. This might sound strange coming from an avid reader and published author but unfortunately, it is true. I have written several books and digested several hundred over my lifetime but I have forgotten how to really read. To explain, I enjoy […]

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Talk Radio Europe: Can the Spanish Property Market Overcome Government’s Devastating Own Goal?

As the markets in the UK, Ireland, Germany and France were starting to recover in early to mid 2012, Spain scored a devastating own goal by their failure refusal to protect home owners, and overseas property owners in particular.  The Almeria area was one of the worst […]

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Uncertainty Causes Chaos; Out of Chaos Comes Opportunity

   Everybody wants yesterday’s bargain, today, based upon tomorrow’s market news Working with home-buyers and property investors over the past decade, throughout one of the most turbulent economic times in modern history, has taught me one important thing: Everybody wants yesterday’s bargain, today, with the certainty of […]

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