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With the market the way it is how can Irish house hunters find value?“The key is to buy something ugly and reface it, both inside and out,” she explains.“In the UK 95 per cent of all property searches are now made online, so that’s where you need to be. If you no longer deliver you will go out of business.” Tepilo was named after a fantasy castle in a story her architect father used to tell her when she was a kid.I didn’t invent the internet but online the customer is king. “It has everything traditional agents offer including your own account manager. ON recently teamed up with Sarah Beeny to answer your energy efficiency questions.
All it has to have is good bones.” She recommends looking beyond Dublin’s traditional areas, where prices have risen enormously in the last 18 months.For people buying or renovating she reiterates that “there is a temptation to underestimate how long and expensive the job will be”.While it is cheaper to live in the house while you’re doing it up, something she did in the very sizeable Rise Hall, it is very challenging, she says.“Walk into a DIY shop and you’ll find experts talking to you in what seems to be another language entirely.“Half the battle is having the nerve to say ‘I really don’t understand what you’re saying’.
It’s fine to say ‘I don’t know’ or ask ‘what do you mean? Not asking does.” Essential skills Many of us lack the skills or the confidence to do these jobs, she explains.