This 6 bedroom fully furnished monster is very reasonable @ €125,000
So is now the time to buy? Well yes it is if you are after an investment or a property that will have a large amount of equity in a short time.
Here are some examples:
Cave purchased July 2004 for €87k, sold in Feb 2006 for €122k
Cave purchased Aug 2004 for €32k sold in June 2006 for €86k
Unreformed cave (owned by a local) asking price - 2002 €40k, 2003 €45k, 2004 €50k 2005 €55k this year..€60k
Also what tends to happen is that a reluctant seller or someone who wants to test the water puts thier cave for sale 30-40% over its real value, someone comes to view it, falls in love with its location and originality etc and the offer is accepted - this sets a benchmark and prices rise overnight. This situation is rare mind but has happened twice in the local area over the past 4 years.
So are people getting priced out of the market? Eventualy, yes this will happen as with any property boom but at the moment my answer would be that it depends on how hard you are prepared to work. Bargains are still around - they are all unreformed and require work but it would not be unrealistic to say that for €30-40k (doing the work yourself) you could be the proud owner of a property valued at €100k+ when the works are completed. Act sooner rather than later though, as I said in my other post caves have no visible price cap and in a few years could be commanding fortunes.
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