Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to augment Mayo’s appeal in the eyes of house hunters nationwide according to latest figures from a leading online property website.

Glengad cottage

This cottage in Glengad, Pullathomas is on the market for just €37,000. is reporting a 50% increase in traffic to its site in September of this year compared to the same month last year and cottages outside Dublin are among the most popular searches.

Counties along the Wild Atlantic Way are proving to be among the most desirable locations for these cottage searches with Mayo searches up four fold in the last year – second only to Co Kerry in popularity.

Searches for Galway properties have doubled.

The company’s managing director says buyer sentiment remains strong despite the pandemic.

With remote working on the rise property hunters are this year looking beyond the traditional commuter belt with coastal counties forming a common element of the dream-house criteria.

The website experienced a six-fold increase in searches for properties valued at less than €100,000 last month compared to September, 2019.

While Galway city proved the most popular destination for property searches within the Connaught/Ulster region in the last year -followed by Clifden in Connemara – Mayo was not far behind with searches for property in the county having increased by 3.5 fold.

Westport, Louisburgh and Ballina all attracted strong interest from property hunters this year.

In addition to living the dream along the tranquil, unspoiled west coast, becoming a Mayo cottage owner makes financial sense too if the experience of one investor is anything to go by.

Justin Lennon purchased the part-renovated, long-term vacant Swallow’s Nest cottage in Killala in 2018 for just €67,000 and completely refurbished it in the following 6 months into a stunning holiday home.

Justin spent much of the lockdown there and – in an interview in today’s Irish Independent – says there is something very special about the north Mayo coast including its wildness, the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the culture and the friendliness.

With new opportunities on the horizon, he has now put the 19th Killala property back on the market with an asking price of €235,000.

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