Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ask the experts: What would you buy if you were an investor spending (a) €250,000, (b) €350,000 and (c) €600,000? A specific property type and a specific area...

Keith Lowe CEO Douglas Newman Good
Keith Lowe CEO Douglas Newman Good
Marian McQuillan, Ceo of Quillsen
Michael Grehan, managing director, Sherry FitzGerald

Marian McQuillan

Marian McQuillan, Ceo of Quillsen

(A) A one/two-bed property in Temple Bar, Dublin 1, or a two-bed apartment in Dublin 8. The rent would be approximately €1,500/€1,600 per month - gross yield 7-8pc.

(B) A two-bed unit in the Docklands area close to established businesses, such as Google, and the Dart. The rent would be in the region of €1,800/€2,000pm, yielding a 6-7pc return.

(C) I would buy two properties - one in the region of €250,000 and the other in the region of €350,000. The property types would be as set out at (a) and (b) above.

Marian McQuillan is the CEO of Quillsen, formerly Gunne Estate Agents, and was formerly a director of Purcell McQuillan Tax Partners.

Keith Lowe

Keith Lowe CEO Douglas Newman Good

(A&B) Seeking yields, houses or apartments in west Dublin (Tallaght, Clondalkin or Lucan and surrounding areas), north Dublin (Phibsborough, Finglas), Cork, Limerick or Galway city or other non-Dublin large urban areas with good employment, where yields of 10pc and more can still be found. For capital appreciation, head to the north Dublin suburbs, close to the new Luas stops, such as Grangegorman, Phibsborough, Cabra and Stoneybatter, or hit areas of the south and north city centre, where rental demand is at an all-time high. Also, Newbridge and Kildare town, where prices are only now starting to rise.

(C) A pre-'63 multiple-unit investment anywhere north or south of Dublin city centre. Properties located in areas around the North Circular or South Circular Road have to be great buys, with yields of 8-10pc still available.

Keith Lowe is CEO of Douglas Newman Good, which has 75 offices throughout the country. He has 32 years' experience in the sector, having joined the firm in 1984.

Michael Grehan

Michael Grehan, managing director, Sherry FitzGerald

(A) A one-bed in and around the IFSC, €1,600pm (approx.), with a circa 7.9pc yield. A great place to live and an attractive investment.

(B) A property in Stoneybatter, €1,700 p.m. (approx.) with a c6pc yield. The cross-city Luas will stop nearby in Grangegorman, where the new DIT complex has pushed rents up in the area.

(C) A home in Dartry or Ranelagh, €2,300-€2,500pm (approx.), with a c5pc yield, a three-bed townhouse. Good opportunity for capital appreciation. Safe investments and always popular locations.

Michael Grehan s the managing director of the Sherry FitzGerald estate agency group, which has a 66-branch-strong network including franchises. He has more than 27 years' experience in the sector.

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