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Thank you for considering O’Donnell McKenna Solicitors for the purchase of your new home. We would be delighted to represent you and we assure you of our best efforts.

If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our firm represents clients all over the country and, in particular, we are available for purchases in the following new developments:

Dublin and County Dublin

• 1 Grantham Close, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
• 31-33 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
• 46-61 Wellington Road, Templelogue, Dublin 6W
• An Riasc, Farnham Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11
• Aubrey Manor, Rathcoole, South County Dublin
• Belarmine Woods, Stepaside, Dublin 18
• Belltree, Clongriffin, Dublin 13
• Belmont, Stepaside, Dublin 18
• Blackberry Hill, Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, Dublin 18
• Bracken Park, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15
• Bracken View, Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15
• Brandon Square – Waterville, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
• Broadfield Manor, Rathcoole, South County Dublin
• Castle Grange, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
• Castleland Park, Castleland Park Way, Balbriggan, North County Dublin
• Castlemoyne, Balgriffin, Dublin 13
• Clonturk Square, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
• Coill Dubh, Malahide, North County Dublin
• College Square, Wainsfort Manor Drive, Terenure, Dublin 6W
• Colmkille’s Mews, Ballycullen, Dublin 24
• Coopers Wood, Kinsealy, North County Dublin
• Dalriada – Dalriada, Knocklyon, Dublin 16
• Dargan’s Way, Sutton, Dublin 13
• Drury Mills, Saggart, West County Dublin
• Dunard, Swords Road, Malahide, North County Dublin
• Elder Heath – Kiltipper Road, Dublin 24
• Ely Woods at Owendoher Lodge – Ballyboden Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
• Emsworth Park, Kinsealy Lane, Kinsealy, County Dublin
• Fairbrook, Millers Glen, Swords, County Dublin
• Grattan Court East, Mount Street, South City Centre, Dublin 2
• Greenacres, Knocklyon, Dublin 16
• Grosvenor Manor – Grosvenor Place, Rathmines, Dublin 6
• Hamilton Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
• Hersil Wood, Knocklyon Road, Knocklyon, Dublin 16
• Hillfield, Rathmichael, South County Dublin
• Honeypark, Glenageary, County Dublin
• Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5
• Kingsford Cross, Portmarnock, North County Dublin,
• Le Bas Mews, Effra, Rathmines, Dublin 6
• Levmoss Park – The Gallops, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
• Mayeston Hall, St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin 11
• Mount St Anne’s – Milltown, Dublin 6
• Moy Glas Glade, Moy Glas, Lucan, Dublin 20
• New development – Malahide, County Dublin
• Parkedge, Park Avenue, Clongriffin, Dublin 13
• Parkside, Balgriffin, Dublin 13
• Peyton, Stoney Lane, Rathcoole Village, Dublin
• Richmond Close, Milltown, Dublin 14
• Riversdale, Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
• Robswall, Malahide, North County Dublin
• Rokeby Park, Lucan, Dublin 20
• Rosefinch, Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Dublin
• Royal Canal Park, Ashtown, Dublin 15
• Saggart Court Lodge, Saggart, County Dublin
• Seabrook, Brook Lane, Rush, North County Dublin
• Seascape, Clontarf, Dublin 3
• Seaview Gate, Dublin Road, Shankhill, Dublin
• Sion Hill Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
• Sleepy Hollow, Kinsealy Lane, Malahide, North County Dublin
• Spencer Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1
• Station Road, Hansfield, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
• Struan Glen, Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, Dublin 18
• Summerseat Estate, Summerseat, Clonee, Dublin 15
• Tapton – Murphystown Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
• Temple Road, Dartry, Dublin 6
• The Cedars, Ridgewood, Swords, North County Dublin
• The Coast, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
• The Elms – Ridgewood, Forest Road, Swords, County Dublin
• The Forge, Lusk, North County Dublin
• The Grove, Goatstown, Dublin 14
• The Paddocks Crescent & Drive, Lucan, Dublin 20
• Thormanby Hill, Thormanby Road, Howth, Dublin 13
• Traverslea Wood, Glenageary, South County Dublin
• Warren Lodge, Dublin Road, Sutton, Dublin 13
• Wellfield, Upper Churchtown Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14
• White Gables, Swords Road, Malahide, North County Dublin
• Woodgate, Ballycullen, Dublin 24


The purchase of a new house differs substantially from the purchase of a second-hand house in that a builder will usually be selling a number of plots of land to different purchasers. It is usual for the builder to enter into agreements with each potential purchaser, one an agreement for the transfer of the site or plot of ground i.e. the contract for sale and the other a building agreement under which the purchaser employs the builder to build a house on the site. The documentation and procedures involved in selling each plot will normally be standardised for each property in the estate.

When a purchaser agrees to purchase a new house, the building itself is not generally completed. The usual Law Society standard contract for sale relates to the proposed sale of a property already in existence and imposes no obligation on the vendor to build anything on the property – it is therefore inadequate to protect a purchaser. What is usually involved in a new house transaction is an agreement to sell the site, together with an agreement to build a house on that site. These two agreements may be in the form of one or two separate contracts.

In the building agreement, the builder undertakes to build and completely finish the house to a certain reasonably high standard, and in accordance with the plans and specifications furnished. The plans generally mean a house plan and site layout plan which contain detailed dimensions of the property and should be checked pre contract. Specifications generally deal with the standard of work, the materials and finishes to be used in the construction of the house.

There is generally a standard loan clause in the building agreement, which provides for written loan approval to issue by a certain date. You need to ensure that if the property is not going to be available for a number of months your loan approval extends beyond the expected completion date.

Something else to be aware of is that lending institutions are now writing into their mortgage document an “all sums due” clause. This clause, results in the mortgagor pledging his or her property to the lending institution, not only for the loan being taken out at that time, but for all indebtedness, which he or she might have to the lending institution at the time, or which her or she may incur into the future. This clause covers potential indebtedness to the lending institution as well as actual indebtedness, including contingent liabilities, which may arise in the future on the strength of an obligation undertaken pursuant to a guarantee. We often advise clients to do their day-to-day banking with a different bank than the one they get their mortgage with.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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