Donal Skehan opens about the difficulties of buying a house


Anyone who has bought a house or who is in the process of buying a house knows how exhausting the journey can be, and for TV chef Donal Skehan, it was no different.

After 17 years of renting in both Dublin and sunny LA, Donal shared the news over the weekend of his and wife Sofie’s first home purchase.

However, it was certainly no easy task, with the TV chef constantly updating his followers on the struggles they faced along the way.

Now the father of two is explaining the lengths that he went to in order to get the keys to the property after they were outbid on a previous house.

Donal Skehan, Sofie Skehan

“This house, I literally walked down to it every single day and manifested,” he told the Irish Independent.

“I’d stand outside it. The neighbours must think there’s a nutcase moving in because I literally stalked the house.

“In a moment where we felt like we might have lost it, I fought for it and I’m not talking from a money point of view. I wrote them [the owners] a personal letter and told them about my family.

“You hear those stories and think people don’t take them into account but they absolutely do and thankfully there’s people with a heart out there.”

Donal Skehan
Pic: Instagram/donalskehan

Donal also admitted that he got a rude awakening after coming home from LA at the start of the pandemic.

“It is difficult because on one side you have a rental market that is incredibly tumultuous, there is very little there and it tends to be in a price range,” he said.

“We had a bad run of it because in the first place, we had to move out after four months and the next place got sold underneath us. It’s the peril of anyone who rents, you always have that fear that you might get moved on.”

Adding: “Sofie would have come from the Scandinavian mindset where you can rent for life, it doesn’t have to be a thing that you have to buy, that’s a very Irish thing.”

Well no more renting woes for Donal and Sofie – another huge congrats to the pair!

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