Originally Posted by masterboy123
If someone is getting a house in an established community then it's very important to know what kind of activity goes on there at night times. Plus they would know you're new in their area and could be a victim of passive bullying.
If you buy into a brand new estate, you don't know yet what the place will be at night. You don't know who's buying the other houses (county council?) and who'll be living in them. With an established community, you'll have a better idea of what the area is like. When I was househunting, someone advised me to see what the kids living in an estate were like.
As for this passive bullying you speak about, I have no idea what this is about.
Renovating the house may cost less than a new house, but you need to know locals workers who won't charge you excessively to repair floors, furnish a new bathroom, kitchen, etc. Plus the time you need to take off work to sort out things to refurbish an old house. There isn't a structural warranty in an old built.
There is no guarantee the builder will finish your house properly. I've heard enough stories of shortcuts being taken to trust those guys as far as I'd throw them. As for being at the mercy of "local workers", you'll just do what many other people do. They chat to their friends, colleagues and neighbours and find out who is decent and who isn't.
Would taking a few days off work really hurt if it's saving you thousands of euros? It sounds like you're dying to spend that €280k and the money is burning a hole in your pocket.
The people who've mentioned the old houses and their structures are right. If the house has stood for some years and is well built, you shouldn't have any particular troubles. Every house requires maintenance and you're going to find yourself picking up the phone to ring people to come out and do things to your house.