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Property - First Time Buyer Bargains

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Liz O'Kane - Property Expert
Liz is best known to viewers since 2004 as the enthusiastic, energetic expert and presenter on RTE's, House Hunters and House Hunters in the Sun series, where she lends her advice and expertise to property hunting participants. 
This is Liz's second season as the property pundit for The Afternoon Show, where her main challenge is to find property gem's and bargains around Ireland as well as commenting on the current market.
Liz has also written a weekly property column for The Evening Herald as well as submitting regularly to other publications including the House Hunters in the Sun magazine.  She is also a regular commentator on radio and press and is known for her 'matter of fact' attitude and uncomplicated manner of explaining things.
Liz runs her home finding business is married to Rory an architect and has two children, Rossa aged 8 and Ellie aged 5 and a half.

Property 1

17, Foxdene Avenue, Lucan, Co Dublin

Auctioneer: Gunne Residential
Telephone: 01 6280317
Asking price: €268,500
Beds: 3

Details:  This house is in the popular area of Lucan, Co Dublin.  It is a 3 bed semi-detached end of terrace with large front and back gardens and off street parking.  The house is approx. 30 years old and is part of an ex-corporation housing estate.  There is bus transport to the city centre within a 10 min walk, and there's currently talk of the LUAS being extended out to Lucan.  You can check this with Dublin City Council.  Local employment is mainly in Liffey Valley and the surrounding industrial and retail estates and the airport.

Property 2

Gortnalea, Garrafrauns, Dunmore, Co. Galway

Auctioneer: John Roche Auctioneering
Telephone: 093 39680 / 087 1222180
Asking price: €89,500
Beds: 2

Details:  And now for something completely different!  If you aspire to renovating or refurbishing a house and getting your hands dirty and creating your own 'Grand Design', this could be the project for you!  The attractive thing about this property is that it already has FPP to convert this cottage into a beautiful two bedroom house.  Garrafrauns is the local village with shops, pubs, national school and church.  This house is 40 mins to Galway, 20 mins to Tuam, 45 to Athlone and 25 mins to Castlebar.  So its ideally located for employment in any of these areas!  A 'Grand Design' awaits!

Property 3

Cluain Oir, Lis Cara, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Auctioneer: Brady Real Estate Alliance
Telephone: 071 9622444
Asking price: €225
Beds: 4

Details: This house is terrific value at €225k.  The property is detached (what most people want!), it's 1350 sq feet and is only a 10 minute walk to Carrick on Shannon town centre and a host of employers including MBNA, Masonite who manufacture windows and doors, Vistamed a medical company and also the Dept. of Social and family has been decentralised to Carrick.  This house has all town amenities within walking distance.

Property 4

Oakport, Cootehall, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Auctioneer: Norman Gray (Dublin) and David O'Connor
Telephone: 01 4973408/ 071 966 4561
Asking price: From €299K for a 3 bed semi, €395k for 4 bed detached and €425 for the 5 bed detached.
Beds: 3 - 5

Details:  Fancy living on the Shannon with a speed boat at your disposal!  Well this development in the new village of Cootehall could be the answer to your prayers.  The village is just a 5 minute drive from Carrick on Shannon where all the major employers in the area are based. And the developer here is offering fantastic incentives.  How about included in the price of your home, a speed boat and trailer, use of the marina for 10 years, golf club membership, fully furnished and a guaranteed rental agreement for investors if you need it!