Wednesday 20 June 2018

More buyers are 'prepared to camp out' to secure new house

Victoria Duff at the Glenheron Estate show homes. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Victoria Duff at the Glenheron Estate show homes. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Mother-of-two Victoria Duff, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, is among dozens of hopeful homebuyers who are desperately trying to buy a new house at The View at Glenheron before they go on sale this weekend.

Queues have formed in recent days but have dissipated after the development's estate agents took buyers' details ahead of the launch on Saturday.

Ms Duff said people are prepared to camp out if necessary to secure one of the new homes.

She has had her name on a list of hopefuls since the first phase of the development was launched a year ago.

Meanwhile, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy came under fire over the Celtic Tiger-style queue at another new housing development, Hansfield, west Dublin.

Fianna Fáil's housing spokesman Darragh O'Brien said it was "absolutely outrageous" that there has been a return to the days of people queuing to buy a family home. He said it is becoming more commonplace and he has seen it in Portmarnock and Kinsealy in north Dublin.

Labour TD Joan Burton said there was "enormous pent-up demand" for family homes, particularly among young couples. She accused Mr Murphy of not understanding the scale of the crisis.

Irish Independent

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