Why you need a crystal ball to know when to buy a house
The hedgerows and gardens of suburban Ireland were in full bloom these last few sun-filled days. Trees, flowers, shrubs, all provided a cascading unity of colour, powerful enough to lift almost any heart.
But in Dublin in particular – throughout the endless arteries of suburbia – there lurked another ubiquitous presence in many a front garden. This was the "For Sale'' or "Sold'' signs erected by some of the city's better-known auctioneers.
It all pointed to something that potential house sellers, and house buyers, know only too well. The property market has been reborn in certain parts of the capital, and there also seems to be some stirrings further afield, in some of our main urban areas.