Desperate house hunters secure 32 new homes
Desperate house hunters who queued for up to two days for the chance to buy a home in a new north Dublin estate have snapped up all but two of the available properties.
People had queued since Tuesday at the Silverbanks development in Baldoyle.
A spokesperson for estate agent Savills told the Herald that only two of the 34 houses were now unsold.
"We have only two four-bed properties left," he said.
"Obviously we don't want to see people queuing for this length of time and we advised them not to do so, but unfortunately this was the case.
"We have more people coming to look at these properties all the time, but even though we had to turn a lot of people down, we'll keep in touch with them and recommend an alternative property for them down the line.
"It's a first-come-first-served basis. There's no perfect way of going about this I suppose, but this is the fairest way."
The Silverbanks, in The Coast development, includes one- to three-bed apartments, a three-bed duplex and two-bed and four-bed houses. Prices range from €155,000 to €380,000.
The queue started forming in the early hours of Tuesday and had significantly died down by yesterday afternoon.
Eileen Murry, a resident in The Coast for the past 10 years, told the Herald that her "heart goes out" to the people lining up to view the developments.
"I felt very sorry for them - they had to spend hours and hours queuing up in the freezing cold," she said.
"When I bought my semi-detached house here 10 years ago it was a very different situation. All the homes up for sale were bought beforehand - without even show-houses to view.
"When the recession hit, we were very badly affected. The price of our home went down very substantially - we were forced to live in what was said to be a ghost estate."
Most of those viewing the homes did not want to be identified, but one young couple from Brazil said they are considering leaving Ireland if their property search does not bear fruit soon.
"We had no luck here today and were told that there were no properties suited for us left," the man said. "We've been looking to buy a home for the past year and have been renting for the past eight months. In other countries there are much more incentives for first-time buyers.
"I would definitely consider leaving Ireland if the property market does not pick up for people like us."