Gooogle subsidiary markets a learning thermostat and a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm

Unfurnished: a home-staging service, which will completely furnish each room, costs from €4,000 up to about €8,000

If you’ve committed to selling this year, start familiarising yourself with the process

Mortgage lending may be in the early days of recovery, but there has been a move away from cash buyers propping up activity levels. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With the banks lending and normal buyers returning to the market, what are the emerging trends?

A 10-year fixed mortgage can offer certainty for homeowners, but beware of falling interest rates

Diageo’s “Brewhouse No.4” a new €169 million brewery, at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, is an example of the drink industry’s investment in the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Industry association warns that future potential of sector is at risk from successive excise hikes

Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The agency has already raised already 85 per cent of its €8 billion funding target for 2014

Sub-prime lender Start Mortgages expanded agressively during the boom but was hit by the bust. It reported a loss of €26mn in the year to March 31st 2014.

Private equity fund to pay undisclosed sum for group's sub-prime mortgage arm

Argos is to hire 500 seasonal workers across the country in the run-up to Christmas.Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retailer looking to fill part-time customer advisor roles across the country

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