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Reasons we love life in Wexford – Unique Atmosphere!

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One of our true Wexfordians, Jeanette, tells us why she loves living in Wexford. . .

“There’s an atmosphere in Wexford (in a good way!) like no other town in Ireland! What is really unique is that this atmosphere seems to change depending on the time of year.

In Summer, there is a very real holiday atmosphere.  Many visitors come to our town, there is a plethora of festivals and events taking place and all this activity creates a certain buzz and excitement.  My favourite things to do on a sunny day in Wexford are to take a picnic to John F. Kennedy Park or spend an evening on one of our beautiful beaches.

When the sun sets on Summer and Autumn rolls in, the atmosphere is equally as exciting but in a very different way.  Wexford Opera Festival commences, along with Wexford Spiegeltent Festival and a very varied Fringe Festival.  There’s nothing like wrapping up warm during Festival time and walking beneath the Festival lights through town at night.  A lovely time of year for a night out in one of my favourite restaurants also.  By day, it’s a great experience to visit the various exhibitions on during this time.  I wouldn’t live anywhere else!”

Jeanette O’Hanlon, Office Manager and Letting Administrator

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Reasons we love life in Wexford – Relaxed Lifestyle!

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At Kearney & Co, some of us were born and bred in Wexford and some of us are Honorary Wexfordians!  Regardless of our heritage, we all agree that Wexford is a great place to live.

John tells us his reasons why life is great in Wexford. . .

“Nine years ago, I made the decision to relocate from London to Ireland and I’m very glad now that the County I settled in was Wexford.  It’s a terrific County in which to raise a family.  There’s a great choice of schools and plenty of children’s activities.

There are many clubs and societies that the whole family can get involved in together.  Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club and Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club are the favourites in our house!

Schools, clubs and work are all very accessible and this leads to a relaxed lifestyle.  The morning commute is straight forward and stress-free and getting from A to B isn’t a problem – just as well, as I spend a lot of time ferrying the children around!

I’m not sure if it’s the lack of traffic jams or the sea air but life is definitely more relaxed in Wexford.”

John Kearney, Managing Director and Auctioneer

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New Builds by Wexford Low Energy Homes

Resurgent Wexford developer is growing in confidence as prices increase throughout the county.

Gleann an Ghairdín in Gorey is the latest development brought to market by the Wexford developers, Wexford Low Energy Homes.

From Enniscorthy and now based at the new development in Gorey, Wexford Low Energy Homes is very much a family affair, owned by Dan Morrissey with several members of the family contributing to their continued success.

Currently halfway through the sale of Ard Uisce, a 50 house development in Wexford Town, the opportunity arose last year to build on this wonderful site on the Ballytegan Road, less than half a mile from Main Street, Gorey.

These 22 classic three bedroom semi-detached houses are A rated with well insulated cavity block construction and PV Solar panels.  With a smooth render to the front, they have low maintenance but modern looking pebble dash to the sides and rear.

The gardens are generous and each is surrounded with proper block walls and to the front there is a concrete driveway allowing for off street car parking.

The development itself has a stylish stonewall entrance marking it out as a desirable address from the start.

Inside, the design is contemporary with mock fireplaces and the option of a stove if desired.  Modern Shaker style kitchens from Cedarwood Kitchens can be taken as standard or again can be upgraded if desired.  You can also design your own kitchen from scratch should you wish.

The same options are available with both bathrooms and tiling, there is a standard package available but any modifications or upgrades are allowable provided this is all agreed in advance of the roof going on.

We find that a lot of the younger first time buyers are amazed and delighted by this flexibility which hasn’t been in the marketplace for some seven or eight years.

Currently priced at €240,000 for the three bedroom semi-detached model (Four left) and €265,000 for the three bedroom detached model (Only one left).

These prices reflect Gorey’s easy commuting distance to Dublin and for those for whom this is not an issue there is still great value to be had down in Wexford Town where the three bedroom detached model is still only €220,000.  There are also four bedroom detached houses available from €240,000.

Choices for everyone with Open Viewings this Saturday 29th April at:
Ard Uisce, Wexford Town from 10.30am to 12noon and
Gleann an Ghairdín in Gorey from 2pm – 3.30pm

Kearney & Co are sole letting agents for both these developments, so contact us for further information.

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Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill – Selling Fast!

We have all read the reports about the current state of the property market in Wexford and around the country.

Well here’s our report!  Recently, we launched phase-2 of Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill, Wexford.  Already, 9 of these houses are sold, so there are only 15 remaining for sale.

The developer of Ard Uisce is Wexford Low Energy Homes, who are renowned for their ability to deliver A-rated energy efficient homes using solid, traditional block construction.  All boundary walls and back garden walls are also constructed from concrete blocks.

Yes, newly built developments are not too common at the moment but we have no doubt that the exceptional quality, high standard and high specifications of these houses are the reasons they are selling quickly.

Many of these houses have stunning views of Wexford Harbour.  There are 6 house types ranging from 3-bed terraced to 4-bed detached.

Prices start from €200,000.

For more information, click here.

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Ard Uisce Open Day – Saturday, 21st January 2017

Come along to the launch of our phase-2 show houses at Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill, on Saturday 21st of January at 2pm!

There are 24 A-rated, block built homes in this phase, many with stunning views of Wexford Harbour.  There are 6 house types ranging from 3-bed terraced to 4-bed detached.

The developer of Ard Uisce is Wexford Low Energy Homes, who are renowned for their ability to deliver A-rated energy efficient homes using solid, traditional block construction.  All boundary walls and back garden walls are also constructed from concrete blocks.

Prices start from €200,000. Information will be available on the day on the new Help-to-Buy Mortgage Relief Scheme for first time buyers.

For more information, click here.

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‘Help to Buy’ Scheme – A Government Initiative to Help First Time Home Buyers and Increase the Supply of New Houses

The ‘Help to Buy’ scheme applies to first time buyers, or those self-building, a new residential property between the 19th of July 2016 and the 31st of December 2019.  The scheme opened for applications last week.  The key qualifying criteria are:

  1. The first time buyer must never have bought or built a residential property before, either individually or jointly
  2. All parties to the purchase or self-build must be first time buyers
  3. The property must be a new property
  4. The property must the purchaser’s home – it does not apply to investment properties

The incentive provides for a refund of income tax and DIRT paid over the previous four tax years.  The refund will be 5% of the purchase value of the new house, up to a maximum value of €400,000.  Therefore, the maximum refund applicable is €20,000.

For example, if purchasing a 3-bed semi-detached home in Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill, valued at €200,000; a first time buyer eligible under the scheme, would be entitled to a rebate of €10,000.

Before you apply, certain criteria must be met and forms completed.  You can download the forms here.

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Tips to Reduce Your Home Heating Bills

The weather in Wexford and across the country, has certainly been colder in recent weeks! In this colder weather, our heating systems are turned on for longer periods in our homes.  This can prove to be costly.  Making a few small changes can add up to big savings.  Here are our tips to save you money on your heating:

  • Check your window seals. These can wear over time, causing gaps and heat to escape.
  • Even a little sunlight will help heat your home naturally, so make sure curtains and blinds are open during the day.
  • Once the sun goes down, close curtains and blinds. This will help to trap heat in the room.
  • Ensure your attic is insulated to avoid heat escaping through the roof.
  • Bleed your radiators to make sure they are working as effectively as possible. This will avoid heating being switched on for longer than necessary.
  • Don’t have your thermostat set too high. It shouldn’t be over 20 degrees.  Lowering it by even 1 degree could reduce your bill by 10%.
  • Turn off radiators in rooms that you’re not using, then keep doors closed to help minimise the space you’re heating.
  • Carpeted rooms retain heat better than other flooring types. If you don’t have carpets, consider adding rugs.
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Congratulations Ken!

Ken Murphy and John Kearney

Kearney & Co Property Sales and Lettings are proud to announce that Ken Murphy, part of the team since January 2012, has recently qualified as a Licensed Auctioneer and Estate Agent.  He achieved his Higher Certificate in Auctioneering and Estate Agency after 2 years of studying in association with IPAV.

“As Lettings Manager, Ken has been instrumental in building our client base and the company’s excellent reputation.” says John Kearney, Managing Director.  “He is now looking forward to investing his new skills and knowledge into our Property Sales Division.  He is certainly bringing fresh energy to the business and has already made a number of significant sales.”

With Ken joining John as a fully qualified Auctioneer, resources on the Sales side of the business have now doubled.  With Sarah Kearney in Accounts and Jeanette O’Hanlon looking after all maintenance issues, Kearney & Co can now provide an even greater commitment to delivering excellent customer service in both the Sales and Lettings sides of the business.

 

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Local Property Tax in Wexford

There was a lot of reaction around the country today to an article published in the Irish Independent on the revaluation of Local Property Tax set to take place in 2019.  What does this revaluation mean for property owners in Wexford?  Read the article below. . .

“The LPT was introduced in 2013 and the amount due was based on prices as of May that year. Homes were due to be revalued in November this year, but last October the Government decided to postpone the revaluation until 2019 amid concern that rising prices would result in significant increases for homeowners. A review of the tax is currently under way.

An analysis of the bills families are likely to face in 2019 is based on data from property website Daft.ie. It compares the ‘average’ asking price for a property in each county in the second quarter of 2013 and the corresponding period of this year. The analysis suggests most households will pay more.

Unless there is a significant ramp-up in house construction, property prices are likely to continue to rise, which will mean people could have to dig even deeper to meet the increased bills in 2019.

Leinster

Longford homeowners face the highest increase, up 142pc. This equates to an LPT rising from €90 to €218, an increase of €128. Steep rises of 40pc will also be felt in Wexford, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Offaly. Rates remain flat in Laois and Carlow.

House prices have increased by 47pc in Meath, where an average home now costs €222,000. This will correspond to an LPT increase of around 28.6pc. In Kildare, where prices rose 43pc to €226,000, the LPT will go up €59, an increase of 18.7pc.

For three-bed semi-detached homes, many counties will see a 150pc increase in the LPT. Homeowners in Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford can expect to pay €225 a year, up €135 each. In Louth, an increase of 145.6pc is expected, up €131.”

 

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Tips to make your Home more Energy Efficient

A building energy rating (BER) is a rating of the overall energy efficiency of a building.  The rating is denoted on scale of A to G, with A1 being the most energy efficient and G being the least energy efficient.  A-rated homes will tend to have the lowest energy bills.  When it comes to selling your house, a good BER is an obvious advantage.

Here are some tips to increase the energy efficiency of your home:

  1. Swop your shower heads.  Modern high efficiency shower heads can reduce water flow by half or more.  Newer fixtures are designed to keep water pressure high while reducing the flow so you don’t feel the sacrifice like with earlier models.
  2. Install a tap aerator.  A tap aerator can reduce water flow from taps by up to 50 percent without affecting water pressure.
  3. Check for leaks and drips from taps and flushes.  Even a small drip can amount to gallons of water wastage every day.
  4. Install a dual flush on toilets.  This means there are two flush settings – one that uses less water than the other.
  5. Select your washing machine setting carefully.  Using hot water in your washing machine not only uses a large volume of water but also electricity if the water is heated unnecessarily.  Reducing the temperature of the wash cycle is more energy efficient all round.
  6. Reduce tumble dryer usage.  Tumble dryers are notorious energy users.  The easiest way to reduce the energy use of your dryer, is simply not to use it.  Dry outdoors as much as possible or use indoor drying racks.
  7. Maximise your oven space.  The oven is one of the biggest energy users in the kitchen and most of us use our ovens very inefficiently.  Rather than using the oven two days in a row, plan your meals and batch cook.  It is much more economical to cook 3 items in your oven at once than turn it on 3 times!
  8. Reduce your fridge temperature.  The temperature of your fridge does not need to be as low in winter time as it does in summer.  Coming into the winter months, turn up the temperature slightly to make it run more efficiently.
  9. Use your microwave.  Microwaves are the most energy efficient way to heat food.  Some would question the health merits of microwaves but for efficiency, they are the best option.
  10. Use energy saving light bulbs.  This is one of the simplest changes you can make to save energy and money.
  11. Install dimmer switches.  By having a dimmer switch for your lighting enables you to turn down your lights and conserve energy.
  12. Ensure your home is well insulated.  Good insulation will avoid heat escaping.  If your home lacks good insulation, it is not too late to sort it out.  There may be even a Government grant available to you to install proper insulation.
  13. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed.
  14. Consider solar panels.  A solar hot water heating system is an excellent way of making your house more energy efficient as it reduces the amount of fuel used to heat hot water.
  15. Never ‘standby’! Televisions, radios and DVD players all use energy when they are in standby mode.  Games consoles are the biggest energy users while in standby mode.  Ensure they are always powered off when not in use.