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Real Estate in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: People living in Ireland offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Ireland? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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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:

"Originally we sought a retirement area south of the USA to live that was going to give us a good life for our retirement income (social security and savings).. Having discovered expatexchange.com over three years ago we found Ireland ranked highly in a listing there for cost of living affordability and we speak the language! In our additional research we found a gent and his wife who had preceded us to Tobercurry in County Sligo, who had retired and relocated 7 years before us. We struck up internet chatting and with the friendship that developed, our move was especially easy," said another person in Tobercurry.

"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," added another expat who made the move to Dublin.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Ireland?

"We found a lovely detached single family 4 bed, 4 bath home which is less common in a lot of Ireland. Most housing is semi-detached and we stayed in such our first month here while waiting for our present home to become available to rent. Homes in Ireland are very sturdy and are very similar in design," said another expat in Tobercurry.

"We rent a house with garden. This is typical for expat families, flats are more common for single people," remarked another member in Dublin.

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What is the average cost of housing in Ireland?

If you are thinking about moving to Ireland, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Remarkably our 4 bedroom home is about half the cost of the 2 bedroom apartment we rented in Florida and our home is private, in an upscale neighborhood with a backyard and abutting a large pasture. Depending on the location, renting and purchasing can vary significantly. We opted to avoid city life, like Dublin, where cost of housing is considerably more. Our location averages €650 per month where in Dublin similar could run €2500," said another person in Tobercurry.

"Far more expensive here. House cost about twice the price as in Boston. Food is about 30 to 40% more," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Dublin.

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Should I buy or rent a home in Ireland?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Ireland, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"In Ireland the quickest method to find housing is through an Estate Agent or Auctioneer. We arrived during a housing shortage but once on lists we found a rental home quite easily. We are now purchasing a home, a simple cash process. There are slight differences here, rent price is locked in for two years instead of the typical one, so that is a plus," said another expat in Tobercurry.

"We currently rent and may buy once we become Irish Citizens. Our home is in an estate (group of similar homes) and talking to locals and agents got us in," remarked another member in Tobercurry.

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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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