Seaside resorts guide up as virus dashes hopes of vacation overseas

Popular beach resorts no longer have summer rentals as more Irish families give up hope for a continental sun package due to the Covid-19 crisis.

A real estate agent described the demand for houses by the sea in summer as “bad luck”.

Lisa Kearney, of Rooney Auctioneers in Limerick, said, “Owners are getting $ 1,000 a week or more a week or more for the vacation months of June, July and August without a worry. Most are done verbally or online.

“I have a lot of clients who want a house and right now they can’t get a house for love or money in Kilkee, Lahich and Carrigaholt,” she said.

“We usually have people with us in January and February looking for a house on the Clare coast in July and August. But the numbers we now have to see if we have anything on our books are
incredible.

“It started last year with families who usually went to Spain or Portugal. The only alternative was a vacation at home, and for a family there is only one realistic option and that is to take a house for a week or two. For July and in August, a three bedroom house in Kilkee would rent between 900 and 1,200 euros a week depending on the location. They’ll be picked up as soon as they’re advertised. The money is there as people pent up savings during the lockdowns. “

Ms. Kearney said there had also been an increase in home purchases in Clare’s seaside resorts. Kerry auctioneer Gary O’Driscoll said rental demand for homes in Kerry could be this coming summer can only be described as “bad luck”. However, he said the big problem in Kerry was the lack of enough new homes for sale.

He said: “There is now a big move to the west coast. We are getting a lot of contact from people who live in the greater Dublin area and want to move.

“But we just don’t have the houses to meet the demand. To give just one example: If we had a nice property in the 350,000 euro price range, that would be a slow burner. There weren’t any people in the local market for it more expensive homes But by the end of the first lockdown in March last year, things changed dramatically when homes that were a bit expensive for the local market were blown off the shelf, with an increase mainly from Dublin and also from the UN KINGDOM.

“Obviously the shift to remote working from home has been a big factor and the rural areas of North Kerry will benefit as the population shift from east to west gains momentum. When it comes to summer rentals, the demand is just insane. “

Meanwhile, Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association, said the industry was facing this ongoing uncertainty and severe difficulties in the coming months due to current travel restrictions and the prospect of tighter travel restrictions in the EU s “a lot of bookings” for trips abroad in the fall.

While he anticipates an increase in bookings for over 65s in the spring if they are vaccinated, he fears airlines will raise prices once the trip reopens due to pent-up demand. “There are a large number of people who want to get away,” he said.

John Spollen, director of Cassidy Travel in Dublin, said he was expecting it too An increase not only in holiday bookings, but also in flights to visit family and friends overseas – as soon as the vaccination program is already in full swing in mid to late summer or early autumn.

People are already booking trips for next Christmas, with Lapland being a popular travel destination. But in the meantime, travel agents “just have to crouch and weather the storm and wait for the sun to come out,” he said.

Irish Independent

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