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This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


Best Estate Agencies in Dublin

What most surprised me about the Irish property market, is that the majority of Estate Agencies are 'seller's agents'. They work exclusively for the sellers, promoting their properties and brokering the sale, however, they don't assist buyers in finding a property. 

A quick internet search shows that there are only three buyer's agencies, which assist buyers in finding a property:
- BuyersAgents.ie
- BuyersBroker.ie
- SCKgroup.ie

While according to the Estate Agents list on MyHome.ie, there are currently 335 Estate Agen's offices in Dublin. It is true though that some of those are subsidiaries of the same Estate Agency, for example, Sherry Fitzgerald has 20 offices, while DNG 13. 

Two great sites that pull together properties from different agencies are MyHome.ie and Daft.ie

Daft.ie supports a very customizable search, which allows users to considerably narrow down the results to what they are truly looking for, and also presents the options to only see properties that have upcoming viewings. 

MyHome.ie presents the properties with a clearer format and it has the option to view the properties 'on view' divided per day and per hour. 

While those two websites are great, it's always best to monitor the individual Estate Agencies' sites too: the information presented will be the most updated and accurate. Furthermore, estate agents are more likely to call you back if you contact them through their site. 

Here's a list of the best Estate Agencies in Dublin, based on my experience and research:

DNG -  http://www.dng.ie/

SHERRY FITZGERALD - http://www.sherryfitz.ie/

HOOKE & MACDONALD - http://www.hookemacdonald.ie/

WILSON & MOORE - http://www.wilsonmoore.ie/

CASTLE ESTATE AGENTS - http://www.castles.ie/

SAVILLS - http://www.savills.ie/

RAY COOKE AUCTIONEERS - http://www.raycooke.ie/

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