Your queries answered
A Three-bed family homes have always been the cornerstone of the Irish residential property market and the competition that you are experiencing reflects this.
At the beginning of the year, there was a shortage of family homes for sale in Dublin but the situation has improved a good deal over the last three weeks with a selection of properties coming on the market across the city.
Buying a house is probably the biggest purchase most of us make and for many the search for the dream home can take some time.
There may also be some setbacks or disappointments along the way. What you can do is ensure that all the matters under your control are in order.
So if you are intent on buying now, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you will be able to move quickly should a suitable property come on the market.
Start your research now with the various property portals and view all properties with potential. If you find one that is right for you, make an offer immediately. Make sure you are fully mortgage approved and ready to go and that you have a bank valuer and building surveyor on standby so that they can inspect a property for you within 48 hours of your call.
You should also advise the relevant agent/s that you have the ability to make a quick decision.
Hopefully before long you’ll find a suitable property and you will be in a position to close the deal.
John Craddock is a chartered surveyor and member of the Residential Property professional group of the SCSI
Q I live in an apartment block and one of my neighbours parks a large commercial truck in the parking space beside mine which often takes up some of my parking space and sometimes I cannot park my car there. I have left a note on the windscreen but to no avail. Is there anything I can do?
A There are generally two ways in which parking is dealt with in a residential multi-unit development. The first is where there is unassigned parking and owners/tenants have the right to park in the development on a first-come first-served basis.
The second is more preferable and is known as assigned parking. This is when a specific space is bought with the property, is usually numbered, and is outlined on a map with the title document.
In the majority of cases, the lease agreement binding the owners’ management company (OMC) and its members (who are the home owners) specifies that commercial vehicles are not permitted in a residential development and you should clarify this.
Usually, the cheapest and most effective way to resolve a situation like this is to discuss the matter with the vehicle owner yourself.
It is plausible that the vehicle owner is unaware that there is a problem and that they did not see the note.
Alternatively, you could contact the management agent of the development who should have the details of the parking space owner, in the event that the space is assigned, and can in turn advise the owner (or tenant) of the situation.
If this fails you could seek legal advice but I would recommend you talk to the managing agents first. If parking is a serious issue in the development, you could ask the directors of the OMC to place it on the agenda for discussion at the agm.
Paul Huberman is a member of the Property and Facilities Management Group of the SCSI, scsi.ie