Town or country? Covid-19 has changed how and where people want to buy – Irish Examiner

The Covid-19 pandemic has utterly transformed the property market, with people now looking at rural areas over urban centres, and a good broadband connection tops the list of must-haves.

Ann-Marie Ahern runs probably the largest independent auctioneers in the region, encompassing its major towns such as Midleton and Youghal, as well as picturesque coastal areas and remote rural backwaters. She is advising buyers with specifically designed information relevant to the pandemic.

Ms Ahern said more people were seeking to move out of urban areas and even bidding on derelict rural properties, which previously had generated little or no interest. She confirmed that older people feeling too cut-off in isolated areas want a bit more security of services closer to villages and towns and are bidding for properties in these areas.

Although based in Midleton, her business encapsulates not just that rapidly expanding town, but a huge and diverse rural hinterland.

She is advising

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