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Generation Gap: Three of our writers reveal their experience in the property market

The homeowner, the reluctant renter and the twenty-something: Three of our writers opened up about their experiences in the property world

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Young people like Gabija Gataveckaite face significant challenges getting on the property ladder.​​​​​​​ Photo: David Conachy

Young people like Gabija Gataveckaite face significant challenges getting on the property ladder.​​​​​​​ Photo: David Conachy

Liam Collins purchased his Blackrock, Co Dublin home at a time of reluctant lenders and high interest rates. But, he says, ‘at least there were houses’. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Liam Collins purchased his Blackrock, Co Dublin home at a time of reluctant lenders and high interest rates. But, he says, ‘at least there were houses’. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Becoming a mother to daughter Isola has given Tanya Sweeney a new sense of urgency about buying a ‘forever’ house.

Becoming a mother to daughter Isola has given Tanya Sweeney a new sense of urgency about buying a ‘forever’ house.

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Young people like Gabija Gataveckaite face significant challenges getting on the property ladder.​​​​​​​ Photo: David Conachy

Yes, I am privileged. I own a property in a good location, the Dublin suburb of Blackrock. I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford to buy it now.

The homeowner: Liam Collins

But it was also a struggle, from the day I bought it to the €15,000 I had to spend last year putting on a new roof. No matter how elegant an old house may look, there is little pleasure in sitting watching the rain run down the inside wall after a heavy shower.

In the early 1980s, at least there were houses – if you could afford to pay the 12pc interest mortgage lenders were charging.


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