Sunday 26 March 2017

Cottages in the country for the price of parking spaces in Dublin revealed on RTE's Find Me A Home

Retired midwife Clíona McLoughlin buys a house in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. Photo: RTE
Retired midwife Clíona McLoughlin buys a house in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. Photo: RTE

Geraldine Gittens

Cottages in Leitrim for the price of a parking space in Dublin. These cheap houses feature on RTE’s Find Me A Home tonight.

Leitrim Estate agent Des Wynne shows some of the bargain bungalows he has for sale for as little as €20,000 in his county.

“It was advertised at €19,000, there’s €25,000 on it now. That would be the price of a parking space in Dublin,” he says of one cottage.

Meanwhile, retired midwife Clíona McLoughlin has a canny plan to help her daughter onto the property market. She sets out to sell her in-demand two-bedroom Greystones home, and instead move to Ballinrobe, Co Mayo where she can find a bargain.

She manages to sell her house in two weeks, and buy a house in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo which an estate agent hasn't been able to sell for five years.

The divide between the property markets in Dublin, and outside Dublin, are so apparent.

“I’m actually only here four years and I had no plans to move, but just listening to my daughter and her husband who are renting here in Greystones, and they just haven’t a hope of getting on the property ladder.”

“Their rent is so high that they can’t save.”

“A lot of my friends had concerns in the beginning. They thought that I was mad to be uprooting myself at my age again. But most of these people, I think, have come around and they’ve accepted it.”

“I’m hoping I’ll get at least €200,000 for it if not more,” she said. “I don’t want to be greedy either.”

The series was filmed in the Spring and Summer of 2016 in counties Dublin, Galway, Wicklow, Cavan, Leitrim, Limerick and Cork.

Find Me A Home airs tonight at 8.30pm on RTÉ One

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