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Hello Liam and all your fine readers. My son-in-law is seriously contemplating moving home to Ireland, Co. Louth, Clogerhead.
So, also goes my only child and (2) of three grandchildren. If indeed this comes to pass, and it is looking mighty possible, I too would move to Ireland. I need to be close to my family.
I am retirement age, still working in Design Build in Sacramento, CA. USA. My partner, is younger, and 4 years away from full Social Security. We would want to move together. Although unmarried, we have been together for 18 years.
We want to buy a cottage/house somewhere near to my children and KT's family.
I've had the great good fortune to visit Ireland twice. Once nearly 20 years ago where Kev's family accepted me warmly. Then Jeff and I went 12 years past, again, welcomed into Kevin's family.
When first I went to Ireland, my kids, and baby Em, went to Co. Mayo, Killala, to try and find a bit of my McHale roots.
So much to think about and to plan and save for. It would probably be a year before moving.
I am terribly excited at the prospect, but nervous and a bit afraid at the same time. It is an enormous undertaking to consider.
I will read all the back posts before peppering anyone with questions. Now, wondering if it is even feasible. But the idea of my daughter and son-in-law and my beautiful grands across the world from me, is simply unthinkable.
Welcome! It's good to have you here 🙂
This is a pretty common theme these days. Lot's of people who moved away from Ireland in their early 20's end up moving back home a decade or so later with kids and a partner in tow. That's what I did - twice!
Let us know if you have questions as things progress. I'm happy to help and/or direct you to info as you need it. Feel free to start your own topics here too.
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Hi Liam, my husband and I are US citizens and would love to purchase a vacation/holiday home in Ireland which would be a dream come true. One of the criteria we have to make this work is that we would like to have 2 units on the lot. We would rent one out, then use the other for our personal use when we vacation there 2-3 times a year. We would most likely have about 50% down payment and wondering what type of hoops & loops we'd have to hurdle to make our dream come true. I'm so glad I found your site and hoping to learn some good advice, tips and insights! Thank you!
good to have you here - welcome!
As you begin to explore your move more be sure to update us or ask questions. I'm happy to try to help where possible. Your plan sounds totally doable with the right amount of money and patience. Buying property in Ireland can be challenging. Are you looking to buy new houses?
Hi Liam! Thank you for your reply. I do have some questions I'm hoping you can help with.
- Buying property challenges are what I'm most interested in. What can we expect?
- Do you have property managers there? (For a fee, a company that manages your rental when you are not able to)
- In searching for property online, what would I call what we're looking for? (2 houses on a lot)
- hypothetically, if we purchased a property for $200k and had $100k as a down payment, what would we expect to pay in fees to close the sale?
- Does ireland charge annual property taxes?
This is might be more info that you'd like to answer here, so if so, please let me know what the best avenue is to obtain this much appreciated info.
in response to your bullet points...
- check out the following:
- There certainly are property managers. In fact a lot of auctioneers (estate agents) offer this service.
- Yes, there is property tax. Full details here http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/lpt/
I hope this helps 🙂
Hi all, a very brief account of myself - I left Dublin back in 1968 to see the world. That's now all done, kids grown up and as my business www.ukrsa.com has already spread to Ireland I am strongly considering selling up in Norwich UK and moving maybe to Wexford. I can run the business as easily from Ireland though I would need to use the ferries a lot, hence the Wexford connection (Rosslare) My house could sell for twice what a good 4 bedroomed house will cost in Wexford, so that's good. I would arrive with my Scottish wife and our pet dog. I will post elsewhere re my "shopping list" of issues to discuss. I have been so long out of Ireland that I don't really feel comfortable there when I run some training courses all over Ireland. So much has changed, could I really fit back in? Liam
Hi Liam - welcome to the site. Thanks for introducing yourself. I'll check out the 'shopping list' post soon.
I've learned so much from this site already and appreciate how generous Liam has been with his time, and building this site. Thank you to everyone else who has posted their experiences and expertise.
My wife and I will be moving to Ireland in June (2017) and will stay for a year if immigration allows us. We applied as "persons of independent means" from the US, and the paperwork to package was considerable. At this point, we still don't know if we will be allowed to live more than 3 months. I'll update as we learn.
My general advice to anyone wanting to move to Ireland is to make friends there. Our friends have made this all possible. Find your community and become and active, generous part of it.