Tina-Marie O'Neill: Foreign dollar drives the rural mansion market

Overseas buyers are now the dominant presence in the market for country houses

8th May, 2016

Ireland has much going for it at the moment: a wealth of stately period homes, favourable sterling and dollar exchange rates, and a growing perception that this is a safe haven and good value for money. All these continue to draw foreign buyers and expats to our country homes and estates market.

Nonetheless, the market has got off to a slow start this year, thanks to an extended winter and political concerns about Britain’s pending...

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