House Swaps & Free Rent: A sign of things to come?

House Swaps & Free Rent: A sign of things to come?

House Swaps & Free RentIn the current property market where finances are tight and credit is at an all time low people have used their initiative to think outside the box and have come up with new ways to move location and change house regardless of the recession.

One such idea that is being explored is the idea of house swapping. One of the difficulties in the current market is the uncertainty about selling or buying; swapping homes makes increasing sense in this market because mortgages can be so difficult to secure and also because existing homeowners are having difficulty selling in the current quiet market. A house swap allows for young families who want to move to a larger house in town or the country to trade with an older couple looking for a more manageable property and with the new changes in stamp-duty from the last budget the savings for both parties in a swap are considerable compared to those that applied this time last year.

Another idea being trialed by Gerard Kelly, a County Roscommon businessman is offering a landmark building in his hometown of Boyle rent-free. He reckons too many shops have closed down and in a bid to create employment and business, he’s offering potential retailers free rent for one year at his premises, the former Rockingham Arms pub.  Should he find a suitable tenant, he promises second-year rent will not be more than €100 a week.

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  • House Swaps & Free Rent: A sign of things to come?
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  • Would free rent leases help improve and contribute to local communities?


There are 35 comments for this article
  1. susan browne at 10:52 am

    hi council aporoved house swap from a 2bedroom to a 3 bedroom, house is highly decorated close to supermarket/schools/ bus services. Dundalk area only

  2. Angelika at 12:07 pm

    Hi Patrick,
    How r u? I’m just wondering are you still looking for swap? We live in a beautiful penthouse in Oranmore.

  3. Angelika at 12:05 pm

    Hi Liz,
    It’s long time since you posted that offer but are you still looking for swap?

  4. Patrick Greenan at 10:21 pm

    I have a 3/4 bed farmhouse , hayshed and outbuildings, around 15mins drive from Galway city, Worth around 250k .Would consider all offers for a swap in the city.

  5. Lisa at 6:03 pm

    Hi, where in rathfarnham

  6. Eileen at 10:28 am

    I have a cafe/potential b&b 7 bedrooms in Easkey Co Sligo.
    It’s on with Edel Rolston estate agents in Enniscrone.
    It needs work was valued at €300,000 reduced to €185.000 I would like to do straight swap buisness for a house near Enniscrone Sligo. Do you have any clients that might be interested?

  7. Natalie at 2:10 pm

    I’ve a 2 bedroom house on Clonliffe Ave Dublin 3 looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom house on the Northside of Dublin contact me on 0852806705

  8. Daiva at 9:02 am

    2 bedroom counsel house in Gorey Co.Wexford swap in Dublin or similar areas

  9. ABBY at 10:09 pm

    Available : Newly COUNCIL 2bed apt in Rathfarnham /Knocklyon ,Dublin 16, built in wardrobes , 2 balconies ,2 bathrooms,nice view quite area Looking for : 3 or 4 bed council house to swap

  10. Sinead at 5:58 pm

    I am looking for a swap from a 2 bed flat in the city centre for a 3 bed house or apartment in Dublin 7 or1 five minutes from the ilac centre if interested .

  11. alan at 7:52 pm

    i have a new 3 bedroom house in adamstown wexford looking to swap for a 2 or 3 bed appartment or house in dublin 16 ,or sandyford area

  12. rachel coyne at 4:05 pm

    CLUID HOUSING ASSOCIATION One bed ground floor apartment in Ashtown looking for mutual transfer to same Northside. Will consider all areas .

  13. John at 11:43 pm

    I have a 2 bedroom penthouse apartment in Fermat town centre and would like to swap for a house in the bweeng,Grenache,blarney area if anyone is interested

  14. Eileen Murray at 1:34 pm

    I have a 1 bedroom flat in Dublin 4. Close to Dart, Luas, Bus. would like to swap for house / flat in Galway city or surrounding areas. would definately suit students (2) attending Trinity. UCD, DIT

  15. Hilda McDermott at 12:15 am

    I would like to swap my house,it is a three year old 4 bedroom spacious house on one acre, nice views, located in the Ballinafad/Keash area in Sligo for 6 months between september and march in Galway city or suburbs the University side of the city. If anyone is interested would you please email me on

  16. Moses at 11:04 pm

    House swopping, what a brilliant idea!!!. I would like to swop my 4 bedroom semi detached house in Athy for same in Dublin. pls contact me if interested. Thanks

  17. Mary at 1:03 pm

    Knock Co Mayo Large site with full planning permission for a 3 bedroomed en suite house, walk in presses etc, also a granny flat attached and garage.
    Will swop for a small house in Knock

  18. imelda at 5:32 pm

    i would like to swop a dublin house for anything in the city near the town hall – galway just for a week of the galway film fleadh which is on 5th to 10th july 2011
    email me at if anyone is interested…

  19. joseph Kelly at 11:19 am

    We are a retired couple living in a totally refurbished and extended gate lodge in Wexford on one acre of mature gardens and overlooking the river Slaney. We would be interested in swapping for a well appointed cottage or appartment in Dalkey/Dun Laoghaire.

  20. Abdel el sayed at 10:25 pm

    I have very nice 5 bed rooms , 2 receptions, mature garden front & back, detached, very quite small state, not far from pettystowen beach
    We love to swabe with 4 bed rooms or more in Dublin as all our children study in Dublin

  21. khan at 9:33 pm

    i blame estate agent for property price increase ,and ghost estate,if estate agent want to sell house and shop to lease ,they can do it today ,owner want to sell the the house for 90k but agent say no i will get u 120k that house dose not sell for 9 month ,but agent doesn’t give sh…. i know few agent in dundalk,it is very good idea for house swap, never mind shop for rent free, even if they reduce rent for shop i bit no shop be empty ,an other idea is if people sell there free hold property deposit and installment ,if any one ,my

  22. liz mcgill at 4:34 pm

    swap 4 bed d;bungalow with impressive mature 1 acre site in galway 4 similar smaller property in urban galway

  23. Linda at 11:39 am

    We are interested in house swopping in Dublin 14, 16, 18 or Mount Merrion. We are trading up from 4 bedroomed semi in Dublin 16 (1,600 ft approx lovely redbrick estate) with nice garden to larger detached residence approx 2,000++ ft with big garden. We have cash on deposit for difference so no bank loans required. Anyone thinking of trading down now family reared?


  24. Kenneth Lewis at 10:51 am

    Hi all, I am currently selling my house in Australia but would be interested in swapping a house in Dublin, Naas or possibly anywhere within half an hour of Dublin for a similar Value. My house is an hour north of Sydney in the Central Coast and is worth $600,000 ie €430,000. If you are interested email me to ken_lewis70’
    Regards, Ken

  25. Patricia whelan at 9:02 pm

    I would love more information regarding a house swap eg. Solicitors fees…legal stuff…how to go about it…

    I have a 3 bedroom house in FInglas West and kids are grown now and would consider an apartment

  26. Madge McKee at 9:01 pm

    I have a semi-detached house in Co.Antrim
    (small coastal villege) would swap for bungalow in
    Buncrana or Moville Co.Donegal. (cash difference

  27. Callie Forsey at 8:22 pm

    Would you like me to renovate your property, at my expense, in return for a long term and cheap rental deal?

  28. joe at 8:14 pm

    I too would like to swap. A great Idea. I have a 3 bedroom semi style house in Mayo, lovely quite location in small village, pub and church and school. thats it!!!. recently decorated and new kitchen, decked area to rear and small garden to front with driveway…River Moy only mins away, Knock airport 25 mins away. Our kids have now gone, this would make a lovely family home.
    Looking for 2/3 bed. any location, My house is valued currently at 100,000 euro.

  29. Mani at 3:44 pm

    Very Good idea, would like to swap my 3 bed 1200 sq.ft New semi detached house in Drogheda for a temporary / permanent, if we get some 2/3 bed in Dublin city centre for 9-12 months.

  30. Rosaleen Butler at 3:21 pm

    i think house swap is a great idea but what are the legal implications and costs. We have a bungalow on half an acre, but it is just too big for us now as all our children are living abroad. We would love to down size..

  31. Bernadette Judge at 2:37 pm

    fOR A 3/4 Bed house in steeplechase Ratoath co Meath
    or Similar

  32. John Villegas-Grubbs at 2:17 pm

    I have a home 15 minute’s walk from the beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico (South of Cancun) and am interested in swapping for a cottage or small home or apartment in Ireland. Prefer rural. I’m a writer and plan to write – my third book is set there – see website. My place is a two bedroom, two full bath condo (lap pool, 24 hour security) in a gated community – Playacar. My pen name is John A. Rubio and my website is Have pictures to swap if you’re interested.

  33. Aidan at 2:03 pm


  34. Patrick Conway at 1:22 pm

    I would be interested in house swap,
    but would like to know more details.

    eg: Solicitors fee, Stamp Duty.

  35. Callie Forsey at 1:13 pm

    If there is anyone out there with an empty house anywhere in the South East of Ireland maybe we could reach a similar rental agreement to the one offered by Gerard Kelly. I am looking for an old farmhouse, or similar, with an acre or so and may some outbuildings.
    I am willing to do the place up in return for, say, a 10 year deal with a low rent. You would then have a property ready for sale when, hopefully, the market is somewhat stronger.

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