16 April 2019
UK buying interest in property
is growing very strongly, according to Real Estate Alliance, who showcased
local properties at a massive property exhibition in London last weekend.
REA agents were among
those who brought local properties to the London
Investor Property Show in The ExCel Exhibition Centre, which had an attendance
of 7,000 investors.
“The UK market that
has increased by 12% over the past year and REA were the sole Irish exhibitors
at this influential expo,” said Mr. Anthony McGee, Vice-Chairman of REA.
Over 74% of estate
agents have seen an increase in enquiries from the UK over the past year, a
nationwide Brexit property survey carried out by the Real Estate Alliance group
“UK buyers have money to Invest and are
seeking opportunities outside their country.
“Ireland is their closest neighbour, we share
a common language and has a property market that UK buyers can easily
understand and access.
“We saw the greatest demand for investments
that yielded 6.5% or better and also from buyers who are seeking Rural Homes
who see Ireland as a viable and affordable option.
“We will be hosting viewings for these buyers
over the coming weeks and if you have a property that might fall into those
categories contact your local agent on REA.ie”
“UK buyers make up 10%
of overall enquiries and 6% of sales in the Irish market, with my colleagues in
REA reporting an average of 4.3 sales to UK buyers last year.
“30% of enquiries to
REA agents cite Brexit as a direct reason for clients moving to Ireland while
21% are coming to live and work in Ireland for reasons unrelated to Brexit.
“Of those, 15% intend
to commute to work in the UK, 27% will be working from home for UK companies
and 58% will now be working in Ireland – the latter figure an increase of 12%
on the previous survey.”
The survey also shows
that 23% are buying for eventual or immediate retirement, 8% are investors, 8%
are looking for a change in lifestyle, and 9% are purchasing holiday homes – a
market that has been hit by the fall in sterling value and remains unchanged
over the past six months.
The typical UK buyer
is looking for a rural property (54%) with 66% of people looking for a
Real Estate Alliance (REA) is Ireland’s
leading property group of Chartered Surveyors with over 55 branches nationwide,
comprising many of the country’s longest-established auctioneers and estate