Special fund for first-time buyers
A FURTHER €2 billion fund for first time buyers and movers has been launched by Bank of Ireland in response to existing and anticipated demand.
Speaking about the mortgage market in Ireland, Gavin Kelly (pictured above), Director of Consumer Banking, Bank of Ireland, said: 'We're seeing strong evidence that residential property prices continue to stabilise, as are incomes and the number of people in employment. These factors are contributing to improved consumer sentiment and an increase in the number of people considering the purchase of a home or changing home.'
Bank of Ireland has introduced a number of important initiatives to make it easier for customers to apply for a mortgage:
To enhance its extensive network of qualified mortgage advisers in over 250 branches across the country the bank also offers a Mobile Mortgage Manager service in the greater Dublin area. These Mobile Mortgage Managers will meet a customer at a time and place that suits them, whether early in the morning or late in the evening.'
'The continued strengthening of consumer sentiment and the pent up demand from people who have been renting for the last number of years but aspire to own their own homes are also good indicators for increased mortgage activity.'
CELEBRITY BRAND NOW AVAILABLE
SWORDS-BASED jeweller Bernard John, located in the Pavilions, is now stocking Alex and Ani, a favourite with celebrities the world over with everyone from Selena Gomez and Sandra Bullock to Ireland's own Angela Scanlon sporting the bracelets.
A cornerstone of Alex and Ani is a signature design feature; an innovative, patented sliding mechanism that replaces the traditional clasp, making each bracelet entirely adjustable, a perfect one-size-fits-all gift.
A third-generation jeweller Rafaelian founded the company in 2004, naming it after her first two daughters. And keeping it in the family is Carolyn's niece Rachel, who is head designer of their retro-chic Vintage 66 line.