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Buying a home

At some point in your life, you may wish to either buy or sell a home or property. It is not possible in Ireland to fully go through the purchase or sale of a home or property without legal advice and assistance, as this is quite a specialised area of law known as conveyancing. Conveyancing describes the legal work involved in the purchase or sale of land or property (the transfer of rights, interests and liabilities, etc.). It will require the appointment of a solicitor by the parties to the transaction.

The duration of the legal process involved in buying or selling a home or property will largely depend on the individual circumstances pertaining to the transaction. Some vendors (sellers), for example, may prefer a quick sale. A typical conveyance, however, may take anything from 8 to 12 weeks. Your solicitor must be qualified and registered with the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. All practising solicitors must hold a "practice certificate" issued by the Law Society on an annual basis.

The two most popular methods by which properties in Ireland are purchased and sold are:

Private Treaty Sales

Public Auction


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