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‘It’s hard enough to find an affordable house as a couple, but if you’re single it’s impossible’

It doesn’t matter who you are, trying to buy a house is tough, writes Catherine Fegan

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No way in: Kat Cameron who is back living with her parents. Photo: Mark Condren

No way in: Kat Cameron who is back living with her parents. Photo: Mark Condren

Kafil Uddin Ahmad and his wife Samiha. Photo:

Kafil Uddin Ahmad and his wife Samiha. Photo:

Kolyn Ryan Byrne and his husband Dennis

Kolyn Ryan Byrne and his husband Dennis

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No way in: Kat Cameron who is back living with her parents. Photo: Mark Condren

Kat Cameron turns 37 next month. As a single, college-educated woman with a relatively well-paid job in the tech sector, her goal of owning her own home seemed a reasonable one.

First-time buyer, single 

“In April 2020 I had had enough with house sharing,” she said. “All I have ever wanted is to own my own home. I had a few nightmare situations with housemates and it just got to the stage where I thought my only option was to move back in with my parents. It’s been a year now and I don’t know when I will be in a position to move out.”

In January, Kat got approval in principle for a mortgage, which expires in July. She wanted to buy close to her parents in Maynooth, but her experience to date has meant she has revised her plans.


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