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'Renting gives you flexibility and the luxury of time'

Barbara Morrissey also found the search process time-consuming.

"Around where we were looking, there are loads of rental properties but they're not really geared towards families. We looked at a lot of places but they really weren't suitable. When we found one that was, we went for it instantly."

Overall, Barbara (pictured left with her children Meeda, 5, Arran, 3, and Denali, 7) has found renting to be a positive experience.

"The biggest thing is the flexibility that it gave us and the luxury of time," she adds. "We were able to sell our house, take a long time to think about what areas we wanted to live in, what was important to us in a house and not feel rushed into a decision."