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Real Estate in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 13, 2023

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Ireland should begin by researching the local real estate market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for in a home. When searching for a home to buy in Ireland, expats should consider the size of the property, the location, the condition of the property, and the amenities included. Common amenities in Irish homes include central heating, double glazing, and fitted kitchens. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Ireland, however, there are restrictions on the type of property they can buy. Foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land, and they must obtain permission from the Minister for Justice and Equality before they can purchase a property.

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How do I find a place to live in Ireland?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Ireland can seem like a daunting task, but by taking a few steps and researching your options, you will be able to find the perfect home for you. The first step is to figure out what type of accommodation you need, as this will determine the range of options available to you. Once you have narrowed down the type of accommodation, it’s time to search. This can be done by using online resources such as Daft, Rent.ie and Property.ie. These websites allow you to search for rentals based on location and needs such as price, size, amenities, etc. If you are unable to find a suitable rental online, you may want to consider working with a real estate agent or exploring other rental options, such as flat-shares or house swaps. Be sure to also check for apartment or house viewings in newspapers and notice boards. Finally, visit the local rental area in person to get a good sense of the different options. With some patience and research, you can find the perfect place to call home in Ireland," remarked one member in Ireland.

"We came to Ireland on a pre-move visit to get a 'feel' for the different areas in and around Dublin. In the months previous to our move we scoured the homes for rent list on www.daft.ie which is THE website for real estate on which virtually all real estate agents and prive landlords advertise their properties. We eventually found our home via an estate agent," explained one expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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