We just got broadband connected in our new house (gulp!) and I thought I’d take a few minutes to say thanks to the people who helped get us here safely…
When I came across this site in 2007 we were living in Oz and considering moving back to Ireland with our kids. At the time we were dispairing about house prices at home and something told me that the price hikes of the past 10 years could not go on indefinitely. A quick google search led me to this site where I spent about a week hoovering up the opinions, information and data from this site whilst I came to a conclusion as to what was about to happen to the Irish property market. It was an eye-opening experience and made me look at things very differently.
When we moved back in 2008 we had a strategy and spent the past 5 years renting whilst watching the predictions of many of the early contributors to this site unfold. We have just made the big move and are now the owners of a house we love and can afford and that fits our sizeable family. I know that many on this forum will think we’re crazy for buying at this time and I know that more falls will come once the repossesions begin in earnest but after 5 years of renting we were ready to invest in a long-term home once the right property came up. It took us a year of looking to find the right house at the right price.
Thanks to the forum owners and early contributors like 2-Pack, TUG and OW (and of course 2Gaffs ) for taking the time to point me and others like me in the right direction. Without your advice our family could well have ended up in a much smaller house than we now have and being trapped in negative equity and saddled with big debt for years.
This is my first post on the 'Pin for a while and will probably be my last so best of luck to ye all and keep up the good work. Thanks again. Ciaran.