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Home-hunters get priorities straight in 2021

Pandemic has forced buyers into a rethink, writes Gabrielle Monaghan

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Padraigh McEnaney with partner Sabrina Purtill and her daughters Rosie (1) and Adriana (12). Photo: Bryan Meade

Padraigh McEnaney with partner Sabrina Purtill and her daughters Rosie (1) and Adriana (12). Photo: Bryan Meade

Padraigh McEnaney with partner Sabrina Purtill and her daughters Rosie (1) and Adriana (12). Photo: Bryan Meade

Ireland’s property market has long been a minefield for house-hunters. But the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have presented a fresh set of hazards to navigate — and the occasional opportunity.

Despite expectations in some quarters last March that property prices would collapse, they largely held up in 2020, mostly due to a lack of supply on the market. A three-month ban on construction work last year means new-builds are still in short supply for first-time buyers hoping to avail of the Help To Buy tax rebate initiative.


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