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In person viewings are back on the agenda

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Monday may have been the day when thousands of people across the county flocked to their hairdresser or barber, or hit the road for that long-awaited visit to family or friends, but it also marked the day where potential property buyers could physically view a property before deciding to buy it.

Since January viewings were conducted virtually and online with physical viewings only permitted in cases where a bid on a home was accepted.

This week has been particularly busy with property viewings back in vogue with a flood of offers being received.

We have seen lots of people looking to view what properties we have available. The issue at present is stock levels are at an all-time low and demand is particularly high.

For anyone considering selling their property, now is a particularly good time to go to the market. We have seen a significant jump in prices locally over the past six months and there is a strong appetite for property at present.

The return of property viewings is very welcome as it allows the market to operate as it should.
However, there are some positives to take from the lockdown experience. If this last lockdown has shown us anything it highlights the resilience of the property market. Some of the changes we were forced to make as agents we intend to keep in place. Property video walkthroughs and virtual viewings are here to stay.

Although current guidelines allow for property viewings from this week, buyers must still comply with public health guidelines by wearing face coverings and using hand sanitiser as provided.

The doors to DNG Ted Healy finally open to the public again on Monday next, May 17.
This is something we are really excited about, it is another giant leap forward in a return to normality and allows us to get back to what we do best.

For anyone considering selling their property we would be delighted to speak to them, or better still, call into our office for a chat.

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Documents for driving abroad in Europe

By John Healy of Healy Insurances As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area. This […]

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area.

This area includes all the European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. You also don’t need a green card for Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Switzerland.

If you are travelling with your vehicle to the named counties you will still need to bring:

Your certificate of motor insurance
Your vehicle licencing certificate
Your driving licence
Your passport

If you are taking a company owned, hired or borrowed vehicle, you will need a letter of authorisation from the registered owner along with the vehicle licencing certificate.

It is important to check the legal requirements for the country you are driving in. Some EU countries including France will require you to carry the following items:

Reflective jackets for each occupant of the vehicle
Warning triangle
Headlamp beam deflectors
Breathalyser test
Spare bulb kit
First Aid Kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

It is advisable to have your travel insurance details, European breakdown cover details, health insurance details and your European Health Insurance card in your possession. Travel safe.

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Make your property look as appealing as possible

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Over the past few weeks we have looked at ways of spring cleaning our homes in preparation for going to the market. The […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Over the past few weeks we have looked at ways of spring cleaning our homes in preparation for going to the market. The final step and one of the most important is the kerb appeal of your home.

The exterior of your property is going to attract would-be buyers, it is a simple fact.

So let’s get it looking as well as we possibly can.

Our aim should be to make your property look as appealing as possible, to as many people as possible, ultimately leading to a higher selling price in a quicker timeframe.

Remember that first impressions last. After a long winter, things may not be looking their best in the garden but with the onset of spring and the warm sunny (hopefully) summer evenings, comes the opportunity in presenting our outdoor spaces in the best possible light.

Cut the lawns, brush the driveway, weed the flower beds, get those flower baskets and window boxes out. Lay out the patio furniture.

Do your footpaths/patio areas need a power hose?
How are the rainwater gutters – remove any debris/growth from them.

How’s the paintwork, are there any areas of peeling paint that need touching up?
Perhaps give the front door a lift with a new coat of paint.

Improving how your property looks from the outside is as important as how it feels once you’re inside, yet it often gets overlooked.

Remember our home is our most valuable asset so why not get it looking its very best. We get one chance to make that first impression so make it last, it will pay off.

For anyone considering selling their property or looking for advice on how best to prepare it for sale, contact DNG Ted Healy on 064 6639000 or killarney@dng.ie.

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