Irish real estate prices prove bargains for expats

Published:  7 Jun at 6 PM
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With the Irish property market now in tatters and the country’s economy slow to recover from the crash, expat buyers are finding bargains in famous beauty spots.

Properties in the hard-hit republic have fallen as much as 80 per cent from the heights they reached just before 2008, and are now a dream come true for expats whose holiday experiences in County Kerry and other Irish beauty spots encouraged a longer stay. A little over £22,000 can buy a condo surrounded by rustic scenery or a country cottage needing a little attention.

Modern properties are selling from £38,000 upwards, and high-end country-club style homes can be had for around £80,000. If your dream is a fully-modernised, whitewashed farmhouse overlooking vivid green fields, it’s yours for £120,000 or so.

County Kerry is one of the Republic of Ireland’s most popular destinations for visitors from the US, UK and Europe, and is already a retirement and vacation home hub. Its dramatic Atlantic coastline, traditional pubs, deserted sandy beaches, lakes and glorious countryside and charming villages are famous, and can provide the perfect retirement location for those looking for peace, quiet and room to move.

Contrary to popular perception, it doesn’t rain all the time in Ireland, although an umbrella is a useful tool throughout the year and the island’s nickname of ‘Emerald Isle’ is due to its frequent rainfall. Irish history is long and dramatic, and its culture reflects the uniqueness of its peoples, some of the friendliest and most welcoming on earth.
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