Wednesday 24 May 2017

'This is the last roll of the dice' - Hopeful home-buyers brave cold for second day in-a-row

Prospective Home Buyers pictured queueing outside the Silver Banks showhouses, Baldoyle.
Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Prospective Home Buyers pictured queueing outside the Silver Banks showhouses, Baldoyle. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Amy Molloy, Gavin White and Luke Byrne

A MAN who has spent two days queuing to secure a home for his retired father has said "this is the last roll of the dice."

Dubliner Michael Ranaghan has been lining up with around twenty others in Baldoyle to view new accommodation at the new Silverbanks development.

Michael, whose father is looking to buy a one-bed with lift access, hopes that today will be the day he finally delivers the good news.

"He's on the phone every hour looking for updates. He wants to come down but it's too cold for him," he told Independent.ie.

"A pal of mine gave me a bit of a dig out last night and held my place in the queue for three or four hours. It's hard to believe but this is real life. There are no investors here, just people looking for genuine homes."

Many of the people queuing were in good spirits, excited at the prospect of potentially becoming a homeowner for the first time.

Homebuyers Catherine Ranaghan and Brendan Toolan queue outside the Silver Banks showhomes at Baldoyle yesterday. Photo: Colin O’Riordain
Homebuyers Catherine Ranaghan and Brendan Toolan queue outside the Silver Banks showhomes at Baldoyle yesterday. Photo: Colin O’Riordain

"We don't want to say anything in case we jinx it, we're so close now," another hopeful said.

Her mother has been waiting by her side in the queue for the past two days and praised everyone's positive attitude.

"There’s been a great community spirit here. Everyone has been having the craic and trying to make the best of the situation. Sure we know all the neighbours now! Well, hopefully," she added.

The Silverbanks, The Coast development, which is still under construction, includes one to three-bed apartments, a three-bed duplex and two-bed and four-bed houses.

With 20 properties available initially, prices will range from €155,000 to €380,000.

A man whose daughter is desperately searching for a home queued up so she could be first in line to buy a new property in the area.

Wicklow man Brendan Toolan arrived at 10.30am on Wednesday to save his 32-year-old daughter a place in the queue.

Overnight

There is a preview for people who have registered their interest today and another viewing on Saturday.

The queue started forming in the early hours of yesterday morning as people desperately trying to get on the property ladder pulled out all the stops.

Mr Toolan said his daughter Arianna "has been looking all over Dublin for months" so he queued on her behalf until she finished work yesterday afternoon.

"She works in the city centre and when she comes in she will stay overnight for sure," he said.

Mr Toolan said the people queuing were optimistic that they would secure a property because of the different types of accommodation available.

"The worst thing about second-hand houses is the bidding war that can happen, but still the agents haven't firmed up on any prices to us," he added.

"My daughter is still living at home with us, getting the train from Greystones into work so she has been looking for a one-bed apartment which has proved very difficult."

Malahide resident Catherine Ranaghan (46) started queuing at 11.45am yesterday.

"It is a good opportunity for an investment," she said.

"I'm looking for a one-bed apartment and it would be quite handy to have it here as we are only up the road.

"I have been living in Malahide for 12 years and we think the time is right for an investment like this but we have been looking for two months."

Penthouse

Most of those waiting in line yesterday did not want to be identified, but one 29-year-old said: "We were interested in the penthouse, but I've just been told that it's not for sale - it's private treaty.

"They could have put that information on the website."

A spokesperson for estate agent Savills told the Herald that the properties at the development were "on a first come, first served basis".

The spokesperson said problems might arise in cases where all 20 people in the queue were interested in buying similar properties.

"Although in this case the people who are queuing seem to want a variety of options," they said.

Irish Independent

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