David Doyle (28), from Loughlinstown in Dublin, feels like he's been waiting a long time to find a home of his own. He's been looking for the right house for over a year now and is anxious to get somewhere as quickly as possible.
David, who works in retail management for Tesco and is currently renting, began looking in Kinnegad in Co Westmeath, but has broadened his search to Portlaoise. Although he works in Dundrum, he wants to find a home near his five year-old daughter who lives in Ferbane, Co Offaly and Portlaoise would suit him for family and work reasons. His needs are typically reflective of how housing must often reflect modern family arrangements.
"Portlaoise would suit me - it's a big town. There's a lot going on in the vicinity - there's a cinema, there's lots of things to do, decent shops and pubs and it's a nice town," says David.
Originally he says he looked at a bungalow in Kinnegad, although financially it didn't work out. Now he says he has sights set on a four-bedroom semi-detached house in a development outside Portlaoise which is ready to move into.
For €150,000 he says he's guaranteed to get a three-bed semi-detached home. "There's one or two four- bedroom houses in this price range but they go really quickly. I'm guaranteed to get a three-bedroom house with about 1,400 sq ft. If that was in Dublin I'd be paying up to €260,000 for an apartment and that wouldn't suit me. I'm looking for a family-style home," he says.
David estimates that the commute to work in Dublin from Portlaoise might take about an hour but he says he's used to travelling. But it's the length of time it is taking to buy his home that concerns him most.
"I'm very anxious. I thought that at this stage I'd be sorted. There's lots of stuff that I didn't anticipate - like jumping through hoops with the bank and the paperwork with solicitors. I thought it would be easier to find the property I was looking for too. There are multiple things stopping you from getting your house - it's never ending," he says.
For David, he hopes that 2015 will see him move out of what he calls "property limbo" and into a place he can call his own. "Hopefully by this time next year I'll be in my own house and be able to put a picture on my own wall," he says.