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Irish people flocked to local coastlines during the summer. Photo: David Conachy

Irish people flocked to local coastlines during the summer. Photo: David Conachy

Irish people flocked to local coastlines during the summer. Photo: David Conachy

Popular seaside resorts are running out of summer rental properties as families give up hope of getting a sun package due to the Covid-19 crisis.

One property agent described as 'fever pitch' the demand for seaside houses during the summer.

Lisa Kearney of Rooney Auctioneers in Limerick: said: "Owners will get €1,000 a week or more during the holiday months of June, July and August, no bother. Most are done by word of mouth or online.

"I have a lot of clients who want to get a house and can't get one for love nor money in places like Kilkee, Lahich and Carrigaholt at the moment," she said.

"Normally we would have people on to us during January and February looking for a house on the Clare coast during July and August.

"But the numbers we have now getting on to us to see if we have anything on our books is unbelievable.

"It started last year with families who would normally go to Spain or Portugal.

"The only alternative was to take a home holiday, and for a family there is only one realistic option and that is to take a house for a week or two weeks.

"For July and August, a three-bedroom house in Kilkee would rent for between €900 and €1,200 a week, depending on it's location.

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"They are being snapped up once they are advertised. The money is there as people have pent up savings during the lockdowns."

Ms Kearney said there had also been a surge in property purchases in the seaside resort areas of Clare.

Kerry auctioneer Gary O'Driscoll said the rental demand for houses in Kerry over the coming summer can only be described as 'fever pitch'.

However, he said the big problem in Kerry was the lack of sufficient new builds for sale.

He said: "There is now a big move to the west coast. We are getting a very significant amount of contact from people living in the greater Dublin area who want to relocate.

"But we just haven't the houses to cater for the demand. Just to give an example, if we had a nice property in the €350,000 price range, it would be a slow burner.

"There weren't people in the local market for more expensive houses. But by the end of the first lockdown last March things changed in a very dramatic way, as houses which were a bit expensive for the local market, began to fly off the shelf, with a surge mainly from Dublin and also the UK.

"Obviously the shift to remote working from home has been a huge factor and rural areas of North Kerry are going to benefit as the shift in population from east to west gathers momentum.

"With regards to summer rentals, the demand is just crazy."  


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