While in Ireland for the summer in 2017 we started the process of house hunting in earnest. No longer were we perusing the websites looking for suitable properties from 6000 miles away, now we were boots on the ground and we hit it RUNNING. Let me just start with this one tip if you ever have the gumption to look for Irish property: IT'S COMPLICATED AND TIME CONSUMING. All of the things we take for granted in the States, you know, like real estate agents combing the MLS for you and suggesting appropriate homes based on your needs, timely escrow deadlines, and other things bound by law to be executed within the escrow deadlines .... yeah, those don't exist. We spent literally months on end combing daft.ie, a website dedicated to Irish homes. In Ireland, you do all the legwork looking for appropriate properties on many different websites (some of which don't have detailed search functions or clear photos), you contact all of the different estate agents and set up appointment (juggling driving distance, weather concerns, and pit stops), then you find a lawyer, who will hopefully respond to each of your thousand inquiries with good humor and expertise. Then you begin the haggling with the estate agent over price. Many, many emails ensue. Add to this trying to locate an insurance company who will simply call you back to start the quote process, a bank that will begin account setup with you out of the country, and researching Irish building codes to make sense of the architect's survey report on the home. If you are very lucky, this will take six weeks. If your story goes like ours, the vendor will not have all the planning permissions from the build registered with the county and all parties will need to wait. And wait. And wait. We put in our final and accepted offer the first week of December and didn't pick up our keys until April. Talk about needing patience and good humor. But we did it!