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Dermot Bannon said 200 people showed up to have a nose around his gaff when it went on sale

Fair enough.

DERMOT BANNON SAYS he doesn’t judge anyone who showed up to a viewing of his home despite having absolutely no intention of buying it.

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Speaking to Ryan Tubridy this week, the Room to Improve host said it was hardly surprising that members of the public decided to have a nose in the Drumcondra property after it was put on the market.

In fact, Dermot says he’s guilty on some levels, but he draws the line at viewing the property in person.

We all do it. I was as guilty when people’s houses go on sale, clicking on and seeing what their house looks like online, but I wouldn’t go and do a viewing.

“We had 200 people through the door in one day,” he told Ryan, acknowledging that it may have been slightly naive to make the sale public.

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In spite of this, he said he found it funny how many people actually went to the effort of showing up, and how many more made no secret of the fact they were there out of pure nosiness.

“I went to Nolan’s in Clontarf when the house was being shown one day and two people came up to me, a mother and daughter, and they were giggling away,” he recalled.

They said: ‘Hi, Dermot, how are you?’ And I said: ‘How are you?’ And they said: ‘We have just been to see your house.” And I said: ‘Are you interested in buying it?’

Their response? ‘Not at all!’ 

Fair enough; no point beating about the bush.

Anyway, in the end, Dermot made a profit on the three-bedroom terrace which had a €649,000 price tag when it first went on the market.

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