Seven houses that turned a tidy profit in 2017

Some investors made quick turnaround gains of more than 100%, especially on houses in need of serious repair in good areas

View from Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on sale in need of complete overhaul in March for €1.2m, sold by June for €1.4m

View from Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on sale in need of complete overhaul in March for €1.2m, sold by June for €1.4m

 

It is the dream of many a would-be property developer, reared on a diet of Location, Location, Location, Grand Designs, and Property Ladder. Buy a run-down property, do it up quickly, flip it, and pocket a handsome profit.

And this year many such “flippers” managed to do just that, making considerable gains on properties they had picked up in recent times – some only a few months prior to the sale.

For putative developers chasing the biggest price gains, many of the examples here show that the old adage holds: buy the worst property in the best area. And if it’s period, better again.

Get in, renovate, get out

Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on sale in need of complete overhaul in March for €1.2m, sold by June for €1.4m
Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on sale in need of complete overhaul in March for €1.2m

Where: Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin

Sale price: €1.2 million (March 2017)

Flip price: €1.4 million (June 2017)

Gain: 17 per cent/€200,000

Original article

Was this the quickest six-figure gain in the Dublin market this year? It came on the market in February, offering views of Dalkey Island near the foot of Coliemore Road in the upmarket Dublin suburb – as well as a detached bungalow of just 700sq ft. While it didn’t quite make its asking price of €1.25 million when it sold a month later, the property was sold on again quietly just a few months later, at a cool gain of some €200,000.

22 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, sold with planning permission to demolish, for €1.1m in July 2015. Sold refurbished for €1.9m in February 2017
22 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, after refurbishment

Where: 22 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Sale price: €1.1 million (July 2015)

Flip price: €1.9 million (February 2017)

Gain: 73 per cent /€800,000

Original article

This detached home first went to the market for €1.395 million back in January 2015, with planning permission to demolish the entire property, before selling for €1.1 million that summer.

22 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, sold with planning permission to demolish, for €1.1m in July 2015. Sold refurbished for €1.9m in February 2017
22 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, before refurbishment

A complete overhaul then followed, to turn it into an unrecognisable A-rated turnkey four-bed family home, fitted out by House & Garden Furnishings.

It went on the market for €1.85 million in autumn 2016 before selling for €1.9 million in the new year – a gain of 73 per cent.

39 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh, came on the market in September 2016 fr €810,000, and sold the following May, 2017 with a little staging for €1.05m
39 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh, when it came on the market in September 2016 for €810,000

Where: 39 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Sale price: €810,000 (September 2016)

Flip price: €1.05 million (May 2017)

Gain: 30 per cent/€212,000

Sold for substantially less than the asking in 2016 (€950,000), this mid-terrace Victorian property in ever-popular Ranelagh came back to the market less than a year later with some careful staging and made substantially more. Rising tides and all that.

39 Ashfield Road, Ranelagh, came on the market in September 2016 fr €810,000, and sold the following May, 2017 with a little staging for €1.05m
The inside of 39 Ashfield Road after refurbishment

Buy at the right time

Apartment at The Steelworks on Foley Street sold for €115,000 in December 2013, and resold in August for €287,000
An apartment at The Steelworks on Foley Street sold for €115,000 in December 2013, and resold in August for €287,000

Where: The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin

Sale price: €115,000 (December 2013)

Flip price: €287,000 (August 2017)

Gain: 150 per cent/€172,000

Buying at the right time can negate the need for any costly renovation works. This two-bed apartment in Dublin’s city centre was sold for a keen €115,000 back in 2013, and has since proven attractive to investors, pushing up its 2017 sale price; a similar property is available on Booking. com for €185 a night.

Double your money

19 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co Dublin

Where: 19 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co Dublin

Sale price: €680,000 (January 2014)

Flip price: €1.55 million (March 2017)

Gain: 128 per cent/€870,000

It came to the market in the dog days of summer 2013 for €795,000, but it took until the end of the year to achieve a sale, at considerably below the asking price at €680,000. Fast forward three years however, and this period house in the Dublin suburb achieved more than double its 2014 sale price.

9 Library Road, Dun Laoghaire, sold below asking for €210,000 in October 2015. Returned refurbished and sold for €560,000 in September 2017
9 Library Road, Dún Laoghaire, before it was refurbished

Where: 9 Library Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Sale price: €210,000 (October 2015)

Flip price: €560,000 (September 2017)

Gain: 167 per cent/€350,000

Original article

Asking €285,000, this two-bed Dún Laoghaire terrace just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the town was in need of “complete modernisation” when it hit the market back in 2015. It eventually sold for €210,000, but came back to the market all spruced up earlier this year, almost recognisable except for the exterior, for a heftier €445,000. But it outdid even this price, selling for €560,000.

23 Portobello Road, sold boarded up for €260,000 in May 2016, and re-sold following refurbishment in July this year for €685,000
23 Portobello Road following refurbishment

Where: 23 Portobello Road, Dublin

Sale price: €260,000 (May 2016)

Flip price: €685,000 (July 2017)

Gain: 163 per cent/€425,000

Original article

A stylish renovation saw this period canal-side property – boarded up when originally bought in 2016 – more than double its price in little more than a year. It didn’t quite make the asking price second time round however, of €695,000.

23 Portobello Road, sold boarded up for €260,000 in May 2016, and re-sold following refurbishment in July this year for €685,000
The inside of 23 Portobello Road following refurbishment

And a flip that flopped?

Suncroft, Mart Lane, Foxrock, Co Dublin. Orpen-built Arts and Crafts style home sold for €1.875m in late 2016, but failed to proceed with planning permission and sold again in August this year at a loss of 10per cent for €1.7m
Suncroft, Mart Lane, Foxrock, Co Dublin

Where: Suncroft, Mart Lane, Foxrock, Co Dublin

Sale price: €1.875 million (October 2016)

Flip price: €1.7 million (August 2017)

Loss: 10 per cent/€175,000

Original article

A detached Arts and Crafts-style house on swish Mart Lane went against market trends when it sold at a drop of 10 per cent between October 2016 and August 2017. Originally on the market in June 2016 for €1.95 million, the William Orpen-designed home sold later that year for below the asking price. Subsequently, planning permission to extend and renovate the property was submitted in March 2017, but was deemed invalid by the planning authorities, and the house went back on the market, selling at a loss of €175,000 that summer.

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