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Student Accommodation? Do Your Homework.

Kearney Property, Student Accommodation

With the new college year just upon us, there are still students finding it difficult to source accommodation.  At this stage, students may be tempted to take ‘anything’.  However, a rash decision will most certainly lead to regret in the long run. 

Here are our top tips for students around the country who are looking for accommodation.

  1. If you are using a letting agent to source accommodation for you, make sure the agent is registered with the Property Services Regulatory Authority. Letting Agents, Estate Agents and Auctioneers in the Republic of Ireland are all required to register with the PSRA.  Unfortunately, this time of year usually sees an increase in bogus letting agents, set out to specifically target students.  Unlicensed letting agents are breaking the law and do not provide any consumer protection. 
  2. Never pay a deposit or rent online or over the phone without meeting the landlord or agency first.
  3. After viewing the property and if you are happy to proceed, pay electronically by bank transfer if possible, as cash isn’t traceable. If you have to pay in cash, make sure you always get a receipt.
  4. Before you move in, create an inventory list of the contents.  Take pictures of any damages so that anything that was already broken, chipped, peeled or damaged doesn’t get taken out of your deposit as a penalty.
  5. Make sure the contract you sign is for the period you intend to stay in the accommodation. For example, if you intend to leave for the summer, the contract should only be for the college term and not for 12 months. 
  6. Don’t just trust your gut instinct.  Be vigilant and use the supports available through the Accommodation Office of your college.  Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 
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Oh I Do Love to Be Beside the Sea!

Kearney Property, Curracloe Beach

Who doesn’t love to be beside the sea in Summertime? The coastline of Wexford is at it’s most beautiful at this time of year, with an abundance of white sandy beaches and hidden bays where we can soak up the sunshine! Taking a dip in the sea is good for the mind, body and soul and the bracing sea air is a tonic after a day’s work. With long evenings and the sea within splashing distance, living in Wexford allows us to feel like we’re on holiday every day! Here are Wexford’s top beaches that we love to visit.

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Phase 3 of Ard Uisce, Now on Sale!

Kearney Property, Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill

Wexford Low Energy Homes and Kearney & Co. Property Sales & Letting, have once again joined forces to present the next phase of the highly popular homes at Ard Uisce.  Committed to supplying homes high on style and low on energy use, these homes offer great value in a super location.  Situated on Whiterock Hill, this development is in Wexford town but with the space and peace of country living. 

Ard Uisce is a remarkably well spaced out development, with plenty of green spaces, is adjacent to Wexford Golf Club and has great views of Wexford Harbour

Wexford Low Energy Homes are renowned for constructing their nZEB (near zero energy build) homes using solid traditional block construction.  Standard energy saving features include high quality insulation, air to water heat pumps and photo-voltaic solar panels (PV).  Homes built by Wexford Low Energy Homes are warm, comfortable, extremely efficient and cost effective to run.  Other features of Ard Uisce include:

  • HomeBond 10 Year Warranty                                      
  • Pre-Wired for Smart Home app 
  • High Speed Broadband available                               
  • Outdoor Socket to facilitate charging of Electric Vehicle
  • High spec A-Rated Energy Efficient Windows 
  • Outdoor Tap
  • Contemporary Kitchen Design    
  • High Quality Bathroom Suites
  • Fully Painted Throughout 
  • Tiling & Shower Doors
  • High Spec Fitted Wardrobes
  • Zoned Heating System 

Certain homes in these developments are also built as ‘Lifetime Homes’, which means they are cleverly designed to be functional, as well as beautiful, throughout a person’s lifetime.  Contemporary and tasteful for first time buyers, spacious and practical for family life; these homes can be adapted with little effort to provide assistance for older people.  For example, provision has been made for an inter-floor lift should it ever be required.  In the meantime, it’s additional storage space on both floors!

“Judging by the demand for homes in previous phases, we expect interest to be very high” said John Kearney.  “We have already had enquiries from people interested in buying from plans. 

House types will include 2, 3 and 4-bed semi-detached homes, along with 3-bed bungalows.  Construction is just commencing and the first homes will be ready to move into from Summer 2019. 

For more information, contact us.

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New Year, New Beginnings

KearneyProperty, 2019

Have you been thinking about selling your house in Wexford but unsure when is the best time to make the move? A new year is always a good time to ‘get your house in order’! If you’re holding out for the optimum price or not sure where to start, give us a call and we will advise you on what’s involved and give you a free appraisal of your property.

Of course, if you sell your home, you’ll then need somewhere else to live! We can sort that our for you too. Phase 3 of Ard Uisce on Whiterock Hill will be launched later in the Spring. We also have many second hand homes across the county for sale.

So, new year, new move? Let us help you. Contact us here.

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Merry Christmas!

Kearney Property - Christmas

Happy Christmas from all of us at Kearney & Co!

Our office will close on Friday, 21st of December and reopen on Wednesday, 2nd of January.

We look forward to looking after your property needs in 2019 and wish you all the best for the new year ahead.

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Free Appraisal of Your Property

We like Selling.  It sounds cliched but it’s true and that is who you need working for you.

John Kearney and Ken Murphy have vast experience in the sales trade, not just in housing but in all aspects of retail and recruitment. We understand the psychology of the sales process and are constantly striving to learn and improve on that. We both have the same philosophy when it comes to putting our clients first and we ensure that this is the same philosophy with anyone else that works with us.

We remember and always respect that ‘we work for you’ not the other way around.  Contact us for your free appraisal today.

  • All our valuations are done by reason of Knowledge, Research and Experience.
  • We take pride in our marketing, we will put you on all platforms available and we constantly review this and take the necessary steps to improve viewings
  • Constant communication so you know what is happening with your sale.
  • Competitive Fee Structure
  • We recognise that our portfolio is smaller than some agents, but this allows us to dedicate more time to each of our sales properties.
  • Advice given throughout the Sales Process, we will walk you through it and have contacts that will help in all aspects from Presentation, Surveys, BERs and even Removals.
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Realistic Pricing Essential when Selling Property have recently released their 3rd Quarter House Price Report.  We have noted some interesting points:

We see that there is a year on year increase on house prices in Wexford of 7.5% but only a 1.5% increase on prices from last Quarter. Prices are stabilising.

Essentially this is why we are encouraging realistic pricing. We always want the best price for our clients but encourage a price that the property will actually sell for.

This policy has been very effective for us and our clients this year.  To that end, we now urgently need new stock!

So contact us today for your free appraisal and get your property on the market now.

Read the full report.

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Reasons we love life in Wexford – because Wexford has it all!

Kearney Property, Hook Lighthouse

Ken Murphy, born and bred in Wexford, is a real ambassador for his home town and tells us his reasons why he thinks Wexford is the perfect place to live. . .

“What’s not to love about living in Wexford.  It’s known as ‘The Sunny Southeast’, and the sunshine provides us with the best fruit and vegetables on our doorsteps.  I travel a lot around the country and there are always signs for ‘Wexford Strawberries and Wexford Potatoes to be seen everywhere.’  We have amazing beaches, forests and wildlife reserves where we can enjoy our sunshine but that are also spectacular during Winter time.

Economically, Wexford isn’t a bad place to live either.  Rosslare Europort provides a gateway to Europe.  It is a great shopping town, it has high employment, several new schools and is the headquarters of many global companies.

We have huge and varied sports clubs – GAA, soccer, rugby, horse racing, tennis and boat clubs to name but a few, along with many stunning golf clubs.

Our cultural participation is vast.  We have the National Opera House in our town which hosts the world renowned Opera Festival.  This in turn brings about many fringe events and also the Spiegeltent Festival to our stunning quay front.  We have all sorts of music festivals, we have several drama festivals and we have many traditional Irish musicians that are renowned throughout the country.

Add to all that the pubs, clubs and restaurants . . . what a place!  I think I shall never leave!”

Ken Murphy, Sales & Lettings Negotiator

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The Best Time of Year to Sell Houses? Now!

Kearney Property, spring flowers

CSO figures show that homes put up for sale in Ireland during spring tend to sell twice as quickly as homes put on the market at other times of the year.

Doesn’t everything look nicer in spring? And that applies to homes too.  We have more sunshine hours, we are cleaning up after winter, grass is lush, flowers are blooming and so properties tend to look more appealing.

In summer, many people are busy with family holidays and organising childcare for when schools are closed.  People are busier, so summer is often not as good a time to sell as spring.

In winter, the weather is miserable and gardens look miserable.  With Christmas to think about, most people are focused on other things.

So spring is the prime property selling season in Ireland!  That is why at Kearney & Co, we are offering a free appraisal of your home if you are thinking of putting it on the market.

We will meet with you at your home, give you an indication of the selling price and give you our honest feedback on what might increase its value.  This appraisal is free and you are under no obligation to proceed with the sale but you will be fully informed to make the right decision for you.

For your free appraisal, contact us.

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How to Move House!

Kearney Property, Moving home

We’ve all heard that moving house can be one of the most stressful things we’ll ever do.  Not anymore!  Here are our top tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Have a Big Clear-Out
Be ruthless.  Don’t take up costly space in a removals van by transporting items you don’t need.  Well in advance, pack up clothes, books, kitchenware etc. that you no longer use and bring them to your favourite charity shop.  You may even make some money for certain items that may be saleable on classifieds websites.

Source Cardboard Boxes
Before you buy boxes, think about how you can source them otherwise.  Many workplaces and shops are happy to give away boxes – it saves them having to dispose of them.

Start Immediately with Items you won’t need
Pack items that will definitely not be needed before the move, such as ornaments, seasonal clothes or attic items.  Allocate a space to stack your packed boxes.

Use the Right Sized Box
Don’t pack heavy items, such as hard-backed books, into a large box.  It will only be half full when it’s already too heavy to lift.

Pack by Room or Pack by Category?
The age-old advice is to pack everything room by room.  This may not be the best approach depending on how you will be unpacking in your new home. Will the mirror in your hallway be in the hallway in your new home – or in a different room altogether?  It may work better for you to pack by category.  For example, pack all the pictures from the entire house together, toys together, books together etc.

Love Labels
Label the top and sides of all boxes so that you can identify any box, regardless of how they are stacked.  Label your boxes by both category and room, e.g. Books Kitchen and Books Bedroom.

Protect Fragile Items
Bubble wrap will be your best friend for fragile items.  Stuff it inside these items and wrap it around them.  Line the boxes of fragile items with your towels or blankets.

Pack Dishes Vertically
Most of us would stack plates and dishes on top of one another.  They are less likely to break if after they have been wrapped that they are placed into a box on their sides like records.  Then fill the empty spaces in between with bubble wrap.

Cover Liquid Bottles
Put, for example, shampoo bottles individually into Ziploc bags.  That way if it bursts or the lid comes loose during transportation, the liquid is contained in the bag.

The average house has multiple TV’s, tablets, phones etc.  Put their cables into individual Ziploc bags and label them.  Take photos before you unplug them.  Set-up will be much simpler that way.

Employing a Removals Company?
When the movers arrive, show them around pointing out everything that has to go, emphasizing fragile or heavy items. Once you have done this, stay out of their way!  Have one person at the front door of your new home directing the movers as to where each box goes.

Relying on Friends or Family?
Give at least a couple of weeks’ notice if you are asking other people to help you.  You have a much better chance of getting people on board to help and less of a chance of being let down.

Pack a Box of Supplies
Light bulbs, toilet rolls, soap, cleaning products and coffee! Think about what you’ll need for your first night and pack them separately.

Pack a Suitcase
Moving day will be a very long day.  Make life simpler by packing a suitcase with all the items you would need for a weekend away!  Clothes, toiletries, towels, pyjamas – after a long day, you won’t want to be going to various boxes to find these essential items.

Keep Important Documents with you
Accidents happen and the last thing you want is to lose an important document like a passport, medical card etc. Pack a separate bag or briefcase that contain all of your most important documents.