Cork City €400,000Size: 79 sq m (850 sq ft)Bedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2 BER: B2This development is near best in class. Tommy Barker explains why. After a small flurry of very expensive apartment sales at Cork’s riverside Lancaster Gate development over the past two years, things seem to have quietened down a bit – if €400,000 for a two bed can be deemed ‘quiet.’The 2007-completed apartment development, done by O’Callaghan Properties when they also delivered the new River Lee Hotel, all co-located on the old Jurys Cork hotel site near UCC, “is considered one of the best apartment developments in the city,” according to estate agent Brian Olden, of Cohalan Downing.He is selling the second floor two-bed apartment No 12 The Fastnet, in a block overlooking the River Lee’s south channel, the ‘new’ River Lee hotel and the even newer student apartment block further upriver, on the former Muskerry service station site.He … [Read more...] about Cork City development is near best in class and here’s why
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I have heard about tour operators going out of business. On the other hand, if I book everything myself, what if something goes wrong or the hotel isn't what we expected? How do I decide which is the best option for me? When you are booking a holiday, not only is there an array of locations to consider, but you may also need to factor in flights, transfers and travel insurance. Along with taking away the hassle of making all the arrangements, booking a package holiday also provides you with additional rights. Before you travel, the tour operator or travel agent must provide you with all of the details about your holiday, such as all costs, cancellation arrangements, and so on. It is also responsible for ensuring that your holiday runs smoothly. If for example the service provided is different from what was promised to you, it should fix the problem at no extra cost to you - or the operator must compensate you. A package holiday can be more expensive than booking a holiday directly - … [Read more...] about Should I book DIY holiday or travel agent’s package deal?
GETTING your first mortgage can be tough, but a new partnership between Nationwide and rent reporting agency CreditLadder could be set to make things much easier. Customers who are registered with CreditLadder to use rent payments to improve their credit scores will now be prompted if they are eligible to apply for a Nationwide mortgage. CreditLadder will analyse the income and expenditure data of its users and overlay them against Nationwide's qualifying mortgage criteria. If you meet the requirements, you can then get in touch with the building society to discuss applying for a mortgage. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee users will be accepted for a mortgage but if you don't qualify, you'll get regular checks to see if your circumstances have changed. While this is the first partnership between a rent reporting service and a mortgage provider, it follows new changes brought in in October 2018 designed to help tenants use their regular rent payments to get a foot on the housing … [Read more...] about CreditLadder and Nationwide new service will help first time buyers get a mortgage using rent payments
Property is one of many industries that has fallen behind the times when it comes to accountability and transparency. In my view, one of the best ways to improve any industry is with carefully thought-out investment in regulation, especially in a world that increasingly demands accountability. The lettings industry needs this as much as any other. That was undoubtedly the motivation behind the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which gained Royal Assent this month and is due to come into effect on 1 June, abolishing most upfront fees for tenants for services like inventories and credit checks. However, it is the responsibility of government to weed out the rogue operators, not to tamper with an entire industry in such a sweeping way. The whole point of regulation in a free economy is to set parameters that govern behaviour to protect consumers against professional abuse. It is not to ban an entire industry from employing the wholly acceptable practice of charging a consumer for their professional … [Read more...] about Opinion: Banning letting agent fees is a sweeping measure that wasn’t properly thought out and doesn’t get to the root of the problems
My first and only war tour took place in Afghanistan in 2010. I was a US Marine lieutenant then, a signals intelligence officer tasked with leading a platoon-size element of 80 to 90 men, spread across an area of operations the size of my home state of Connecticut, in the interception and exploitation of enemy communications. That was the official job description, anyway. The year-long reality consisted of a tangle of rearguard management and frontline supervision. Years before Helmand province, Afghanistan, however, there was Twentynine Palms, California. From the summer of 2006 to the summer of 2007, I was trained as a lance corporal in my military occupational specialty of tactical data systems administration (a specialty I would later jettison after earning my officer commission in 2008). My schoolhouse was the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, which was abbreviated as MCCES, pronounced “mick-sess”. For many, the wider location became “Twentynine … [Read more...] about ‘A torrent of ghastly revelations’: what military service taught me about America