AFTER the property crash in Ireland house prices came tumbling down but while they have recovered somewhat there are bargains still to be had.
Location, naturally, is paramount.
Properties in Dublin or traditional tourist areas such as west Cork or Kerry command the highest prices.
The lowest prices are, in general, in the Midlands such as Offaly or Westmeath (though not anywhere within reasonable commuting distance of Dublin) and the southernmost areas of Ulster such as Monaghan, Cavan and Tyrone.
In general, the more inaccessible areas of the country away from the coast have the lowest prices — particularly if you’re prepared to buy a ‘fixer upper’.
Leitrim is another area where bargains are to be had.
You don’t need to venture into the deepest countryside either.
And if you've a little more cash to splash...
The house is located in a development of 12 houses in a quiet cul de sac just off the town square.
In inland Donegal, where the population has been decimated by emigration, demand for accommodation has fallen dramatically. Prices are consequently low.
In Cavan, despite, it boasting some of the most bucolic scenery in Ireland, is not served by a good transport network, so prices remain low.
In Fermanagh you can still get habitable house - that is, a property which doesn’t require a huge amount of money spent on it - for under £50,000.