But do you really live well in Ireland? The cost of living? Is Dublin really untouchable? What documents should I bring with me?
These questions are common to all those who wish to move or buy a property in Ireland but, of course, are afraid to take the longest step of the leg. But you're lucky! If your dream is to start from scratch in this wonderful land, or you just want to satisfy some of your curiosity, you are in the right article. We at Realigro have thought of a simple, intuitive and detailed guide, to allow you to invest in the Irish real estate market in complete peace of mind. All you have to do is follow our advice carefully. Let's get started!
Let's start from the premise that Ireland is one of those classic places where a visitor can be immediately charmed. A real lightning strike! Unlimited meadows, fairytale castles and music, lots of folk music almost always accompanied by a nice mug of traditional beer. The strong cultural identity of this country, is also given by the numerous campaigns for rights, protests, which have developed in the population a sense of patriotism and pride. But it is also the island where one of the most feared financial collapses of the modern era has developed, but followed by an exorbitant economic revival. In the real estate sector, Ireland has not been without its problems. In 2008, in fact, it was the cradle of the real estate bubble that seemed to have knocked out the Celtic Tiger. But, even in this case, the country managed to surprise everyone, showing the world that we can rise even stronger than before. It is therefore not surprising that Ireland is currently regarded as one of the most prosperous economies in Europe. Exports far outweigh imports, a clever policy of subsidised taxation which attracts a great many investors in real estate every year. The tax breaks have allowed several of the world's largest technology and information technology companies to choose this country. Do you want a name? Google, Facebook, Amazon, Ebay, Paypal, Apple and Microsoft.
But investing in Ireland is convenient for everyone, but just everyone! But let's first analyze the documentation needed to access this country. Although this territory is not part of the Schengen area, it is also part of the European Community (the currency is in fact the euro). If you are an EU citizen, you will only need an identity card. But if you intend to live in this state, you will have to provide the so-called PPS, or Personal Public Service Number, a sort of personal code to be able to look for a job, request assistance and social security and use above all public services. To get it, simply log on to the mywelfare website and fill out the form.
It will also be mandatory to register with AIRE.
But what are the areas in which to apply and look for work? The opportunities in Ireland are really different and many, but the most operational sectors are the financial, hospital, IT and web marketing. The catering and tourism sectors are also very active, with the majority of questions converging.
And the cost of living? Let's finally solve this much feared dilemma. Apart from the capital, Dublin, which is also typically Nordic in terms of prices, you just have to move to nearby cities to understand that life in Ireland is not so expensive! Compared to the European average, for example, both food and transport, cost 20% less. What about rents? The apartments? Let us now get to the heart of our guide. It is generally advisable to adapt with a lease and then choose later whether or not to continue living in that area according to your needs. Rentals in Dublin are very high (about 800 euros per month) but outside the capital you can also find offers really affordable (even around 350 euros per month). The important thing is to be able to find the optimal solution and be able to easily reach the capital (well served by excellent public transport service). Buying a property instead starts from 250,000 euros. We hope that our guide has brought order and clarity to your countless questions! We wish you a good trip!
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