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Old 12-06-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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If all you had to do to get residency in a country was to buy property, some countries would be overrun with immigrants. And many countries don't want more people!
Actually, in many countries that is what happens. As soon as you are rich enough to invest huge sums, you get your residency
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Betwixt and Between
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Curious where you would buy a cottage?
Ring of Kerry appeals to me. Suppose I'll have to stay off the main road during tourist season!
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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Wexford is the sunniest corner of Ireland, just in case it matters to you
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Actually, in many countries that is what happens. As soon as you are rich enough to invest huge sums, you get your residency
Oh, if you have loads of money to invest and spend in the country, that usually works. But for the average person buying a modest home, nope.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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Wexford is the sunniest corner of Ireland, just in case it matters to you
Thanks for the tip! Although, I don't think I'll be moving to Ireland for the sun
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Ring of Kerry appeals to me. Suppose I'll have to stay off the main road during tourist season!
Yes, definitely stay off the main road with all the tourists and busloads of them.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Wexford is the sunniest corner of Ireland, just in case it matters to you
Might be sunny but doesn't have the gorgeous scenery of the northwest, west and southwest.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Sligo is interesting
http://www.sligoparkhotel.com/files/...o-1280x850.jpg
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Wow.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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You may want to consider just renting a holiday home from someone else for the 90 days at a time. Often, uninhabited dwellings are red flags for thieves and criminals. You would be paying a mortgage and insurance and you'd really want to ask yourself seriously if it's cost effective to pay for something that you only inhabit once in a while that will most definitely need maintenance (since this is what houses require).

You should also be warned about many of the older cottages...they suck. Freezing cold, damp, and mold problems are common and generally not insulated so avoid anything from the 60's or prior. Also, the same protections that you get from they real estate industry here in the US do not exist in Ireland. Do your homework...it's often shady dealings when you are dealing with auctioneers (though probably less common now that they're housing bubble has burst). They can spot romantic minded investors from abroad and will not have your best interest in mind.

Not meaning to sound overly negative, but things are done very differently over there and if you don't have your wits about you on these matters, then it's not in your favor as being a good deal and far more of a headache. Ireland has a ridiculous amount of red tape and old fashioned arse backwards ways of dealing with things (especially out in the country) if you don't have family/friends in the know to guide you through. Enough of my 2cents now! Good luck!
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