Category: Property Purchases and Sales
The First Home Scheme Support Initiative for Home Ownership-the Essentials
The First Home scheme has been launched by the government in July 2022 with the purpose of making it easier for first time buyers to buy new homes. The First Home Scheme will do this by providing part of the purchase price of the new home. Key points about this new initiative are: It is […]
Selling your house? Use this 15 point checklist to ensure a smooth process
Are you thinking about selling your house? If so, you will want the process to be buttery smooth. This will ensure less stress and a realisation of whatever plans you have for moving on to your replacement property. The Law Society of Ireland has issued a useful checklist to give you a good indication of […]
Selling a house privately in Ireland-is for sale by owner a good way to sell your house?
Are you tempted to sell your house privately, cutting out the estate agent and taking the ‘for sale by owner route’? I think I have only had one such sale in the last 5 years, but it went surprisingly smoothly. And with a considerable saving for the vendor for the thousands that might have gone […]
The problem with attic conversions when buying a second-hand house
Attic conversions in Irish houses, especially in dormer bungalows, are commonplace up and down the country. Let’s face it: a dormer roof can be quite a large space and comes, I believe, from the French word for ‘to sleep’ (dormir). It may be a sensible use of resources and space to convert the attic to […]
Can you buy a house at auction with a mortgage?
“Can you buy a house at auction with a mortgage” is a question I am asked from time to time. The short answer is ‘yes’. The long answer, however, is more nuanced and requires some explanation. There is nothing in principle why a lender would not provide a mortgage for a property at auction. It […]