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Buying a Property

Buying a property is a significant decision, so you need to ensure you are getting the best advice throughout the process. At McCarthy + Co, our conveyancing team assist individuals and businesses from across the country, and overseas, with all aspects of buying property in Ireland.

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Types of Property Purchases

Our highly experienced conveyancing team provide expert guidance in the following areas:

Buying a House

Helping our clients ensure their property purchase is legally sound and proceeds smoothly, with no hidden issues or liabilities.

Buy to Let Properties

Guiding our clients on the tax implications of purchasing a buy to let property, helping to structure the purchase optimally.

New Build Properties

There is a different legal process to buying a new build property in Ireland. Our team assist our clients in navigating this purchase process.

Buying at Auction

Helping our clients review the legal pack before the auction, including title deeds, contracts, and details of any liens or covenants.

First Time Buyers

Making the first-time home buying experience less daunting and more understandable for our clients, with seamless coordination of the purchase process.

Help to Buy Scheme

Helping our clients understand government financial support schemes such as Help to Buy, providing expert assistance with HTB applications.

Stamp Duty

Helping our clients understand and fulfil Stamp Duty obligations, while also advising on any potential reliefs available to you.

Conveyancing Quote

Buy or sell your property with the assistance of our our experienced and responsive conveyancing solicitors. Complete our Conveyancing Quote Request to get started.

Get Started With Buying a Property in Ireland

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned property investor, the conveyancing team at McCarthy + Co has the knowledge and experience that will help ensure your purchase goes through without any legal mishaps.  

Buyers from across Ireland, and overseas, choose us to handle their conveyancing requirements as we offer:

  • Expert Guidance – Guiding you through the complex process of buying a property, explaining each step, and ensuring you understand your legal obligations and rights.
  • Comprehensive Due Diligence Checks – Conducting necessary checks on the property, including verifying the title, checking for any restrictions or covenants, and ensuring compliance with planning permissions and building regulations.
  • Efficient Handling of the Paperwork – Conveyancing involves a lot of complex legal paperwork. Our solicitors prepare, review, and handle this on your behalf, reducing the chances of errors that could delay the process.
  • Extensive Negotiation Experience – If issues arise, such as survey problems or title defects, our solicitors will negotiate with the other party’s solicitor on your behalf to resolve these issues.
  • Peace of Mind – Hiring a conveyancing solicitor provides peace of mind. You can rest assured that a professional is handling your transaction with the attention to detail and legal expertise it requires.

Remember, the conveyancing process is complex and requires detailed knowledge of Irish property laws. Having a professional on your side can help you navigate the process effectively and protect your interests. Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors today to discuss your property purchasing plans.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions we are often asked in relation to buying a property.

  • What are the key things to consider when buying a property in Ireland?

    Understanding the local real estate market conditions; selecting an appropriate location considering amenities and services; deciding on the type of property you’d like to buy (new build vs older); securing financing and obtaining mortgage pre-approval if needed; hiring a solicitor for legal procedures; conducting a property survey for potential structural issues; understanding the insurance requirements and tax implications; ensuring compliance with planning permissions and building regulations; and for UK citizens, considering the implications of Brexit. These are the most important considerations when starting the process of purchasing a property in Ireland.

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  • What are the laws that govern property transactions in Ireland?

    Property transactions in Ireland are governed by a combination of statutory laws and common law principles. Key legislation includes the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 and 2013, Registration of Title Act 1964, Planning and Development Act, 2000, Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (relevant to those seeking to buy to let), Building Control Act 2007, and the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015.

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  • What is covered by the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009?

    The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 consolidates and modernises Irish property law. It stipulates contracts for land sale must be written and signed, simplifies title investigations to a 20-year period, and addresses the Land Registry's operations. The Act introduces a system for registering easements and profits à prendre, provides for court-ordered partition of co-owned property, abolishes feudal land tenure and entails, outlines provisions about mortgages, and deals with trusts of land. This Act significantly streamlines the property conveyancing process in Ireland.

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  • Do I need to hire a conveyancing solicitor?

    While it's not legally required to hire a conveyancing solicitor when purchasing a property in Ireland, it's strongly advised and in most cases the vendor will not proceed if you are not represented by a solicitor. Buying a property involves complex legal procedures, including contract drafting, title checks, liaising with mortgage lenders, and ensuring compliance with planning and building regulations. Mistakes can lead to significant legal issues and financial loss. A conveyancing solicitor provides expertise in navigating these processes, protects your interests, and ensures a legally secure and smooth transaction. Given the high stakes in property transactions, professional legal assistance is usually considered essential.

Joseph McCarthy

Joseph McCarthy

Associate Solicitor

Joseph McCarthy leads the conveynacing department at McCarthy + Co. Joseph has been an integral member of our team since 2013, bringing a unique blend of expertise and dedication to his role. Joseph provides a problem-solving oriented approach to property buyers and sellers throughout the conveyancing process.

Joseph can be contacted via email at: joseph@mccarthy.ie

About McCarthy + Co

McCarthy + Co. are a team of solicitors with more than 30 years of experience in providing legal advice, guidance and assistance to clients across Ireland.

We are a family-run business with offices in Dublin and Cork, but we have dealt with clients everywhere from Galway and Limerick to Waterford. We are honest, plain-speaking and thorough – we will work alongside you to ensure your property sale or purchase is as efficient as possible.

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We are a multi-award winning firm, accredited by the Law Society of Ireland.

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