Buying a second home now that we work from home – The Irish Times

My wife and I live and work in Dublin and own a house. Like a lot of people recently we are entertaining the idea of a second home in the countryside but would need to rent it for at least a portion of the year to avoid the burden of an extra mortgage.

My wife has recently accepted a job abroad but is free to work from Ireland, thus a second home has great appeal for us.

Our home is in my name as I bought it before we were married. Would my wife qualify as a first-time buyer if she were to take out a mortgage and purchase a house in her own name? She has never owned a property in Ireland before but does own an apartment in Canada, where she is originally from.

Mr C.E., Dublin

This period of enforced working from home has a lot of

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