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Building your own home, part 2: getting an architect and planning permission

Building your own home, part 2: getting an architect and planning permission

For part two of our ‘Building your own Home’ series, we’re taking a closer look at how to find a reputable architect in Ireland and what steps you need to take to obtain planning permission before you can break ground on building your dream home. If you missed part one, make sure to have a read of it to find out how to find the right plot of land.
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Family-friendly Ireland: five places perfect for kids

If you’re moving to the Emerald Isle with children – or you’ll have grandchildren, nieces, nephews and so on visiting you – these family-friendly places in Ireland are the best locations to buy your home. From the Dublin suburb that ticks all the boxes, to the perfect village to experience rural life, we’ve scoured the country for the top spots.
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Why now’s the time to buy investment property in Ireland

If you’re expanding your investment portfolio, now’s the time to direct your search overseas? You won’t be the first to take the leap – ‘fly to let’ investment in residential property is on the up. With advances in tech letting us search for investment property in Ireland from any corner of the world and speak directly to vendors, you can get started right away.
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How to pay for an Irish property

Many of us would love to buy a home in Ireland but don’t have the cash to buy. Or rather, we think we don’t. The truth, however, is that for many potential buyers in Ireland there are all sorts of ways to raise the money, some involving little sacrifice – simply using your assets better. Here are some potential ways to raise finance for an Irish property.
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Dublin: big-city living on a human scale

If you thrive on city living but are done with long commutes and crowds, Dublin could be the perfect city for you. The Irish capital is one of Europe’s smallest…and one of its friendliest. You can walk anywhere in the centre in half an hour, WIFI is free on all the buses, and you are in easy reach of the seaside and the mountains.
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10 best locations for your summer holiday home in Ireland

Summer is almost on us! Are you one of the organised folk who has already planned the perfect getaway? Imagine having a place of your own in Ireland, that you can easily pop to, and which allows you to avoid the rigmarole of trailing the internet searching for affordable accommodation. If you regularly holiday over in Ireland, it’s possible to save yourself money overall by buying a property to enjoy your holidays in.
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Find the ‘sunny southeast’ in Dunmore East

It’s not often that an April Fool’s joke really gains much traction. However, this year a cheeky The Munster Express journalist fooled the good folk of Dunmore East that Theresa May would soon be in their midst…! Although just a caper, it got us thinking about what this lovely village has to offer those looking to move to Ireland.
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How can you buy land to build on in Ireland?

If you’re a Grand Designs fanatic like so much of the UK, perhaps you’re considering self-building your perfect home when you move to Ireland – so you can have it exactly how you want/ So, today, we’re looking at how to buy land to build on in Ireland, and the major points you need to consider before you embark on a self-build journey. 
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Buying in Ireland, part six: the buying system

The British have the same right to buy in Ireland as the Irish do, but the legal processes will not necessarily be the same, even if the language is. This week, we’re running over the steps of the house buying process here on the Emerald Isle: when do you sort your finances, how do you choose an agent and how does the sale work?
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Buying in Ireland, part five: making an offer

Once you’ve had a viewing trip or two and you’ve narrowed down your property list, it’s time to start making offers. It can be tempting to jump right in, but doing a little bit of preparation will help to make the whole process of making an offer on a house in Ireland that much smoother and more problem-free. 
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What’s next for the Irish property market in 2019?

Looking back on 2018, the Irish property market was characterised by growing prices across the board and many people hoping to buy, but facing strict lending conditions from the Central Bank. Today, we’re providing an update on how the Irish market is performing currently, as well as providing some insight into the year ahead.
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