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Happy New Year to all, we hope you enjoyed a peaceful Christmas break!

Even in January, the sun is shining in Wexford (albeit between the rain showers). Beaches along the South Wicklow and North Wexford coastline were busy over the Christmas holidays, with families keen to escape the excesses of the season and blow away the cobwebs.

We know that this is a popular time of the year for people to make big and often life-changing decisions. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Wicklow/Wexford area, or indeed if you have been living away but dreaming of returning, 2019 might just be the right time to come home to Ireland’s Sunny South East.

2018 saw the rate of house price growth slow for the first time since the recovery. To be clear, property prices are still increasing, they are simply increasing at a slower rate. The market is still in difficulty in terms of low supply levels and consistent buyer demand. This is not as gloomy as it sounds, in fact, this translates into quite a competitive marketplace for buyers, which is good news for ready sellers.

For those interested in the new homes market, construction activity has improved over the past 12 months, up from 15,000 homes in 2017 to 18,000 homes in 2018. Output is nowhere near where it needs to be (35,000 homes annually), however, any improvement that will add to the stock of homes for sale or for rent must be welcomed. The industry is being urged by economists and market analysts to stop building three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses and to start building one and two-bedroom  apartments. I think this might be an over-simplification of the marketplace and doesn’t necessarily reflect our experiences in a large town like Gorey, which of course is very different to our experiences in smaller, rural towns like Carnew.

With an average home price of €334,000, North Wicklow remains Ireland’s fourth most expensive area after South County Dublin, Dublin City South and Dublin City North. Taking the entirety of County Wicklow into consideration, the  average house price increased 6.4% in 2018 to €333,804 according to Daft.ie or €320,000 according to MyHome.ie. Either way, this is significantly higher than the national average price of €254,000. Average property prices across County Wexford increased 7.3% in 2018 to €206,779.

Interestingly, one-bed apartments saw the greatest price increases, with one-bed units up 17.5% in Wicklow and up a massive 18.9% in Wexford. Five-bedroom detached homes in both counties saw the lowest rate of increase, just 1.7% in Wicklow and 3% in Wexford. This is consistent with trends nationwide. There is some positive news for home buyers with stock levels across Leinster increasing by 20% in the last three months of 2018.

Looking ahead into 2019, house prices across County Wicklow and County Wexford are set to increase further. National property price increases of 5% are expected, according to the latest Daft.ie and MyHome.ie reports.

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

Congratulations to Wexford builder, Anthony Neville, of Anthony Neville Homes, on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) for 2017 and 2018.

It is great to see a provincial builder at the helm, particularly at such an important time for residential building.   He has pledged to address the main issues hindering new development outside of Dublin, namely, the high cost of building, and he is optimistic about development prospects here in the South East.  Shortly after his appointment, he had the following to say:

“We have seen in some areas of provincial Ireland that house building has recommenced again. This is only in areas where the sales price of houses has exceeded the construction costs, therefore creating a margin that makes it viable for the homebuilders to secure finance from their financial institutions and build much required homes.  We, at Anthony Neville Homes, have been lucky over the last number of years to have had exposure to the greater Dublin area on our sites in Maynooth, Kinsealy and Saggart, where we have seen continuous demand for our product. However, over the last 12 months we have noticed the increase in demand spreading down through Wicklow to our site at Baltinglass and hopefully we will be recommencing construction at one of our Enniscorthy sites in Co. Wexford. Members of the IHBA have experienced increased demand in places such as Gorey, Kilkenny, Portlaoise and Tullamore, so whilst the recovery is taking a lot longer than we had hoped, it is spreading gradually further away from Dublin.”

Help-to-Buy under threat

Anthony is also a strong supporter of the help-to-buy(HTB)  scheme and has spoken out about the need to retain the initiative after news last week that the aid scheme for first-time buyers might be shut down.   This is certainly positive for first-time buyers who are eligible for the scheme but perhaps not for those who have worked outside of Ireland for the last few years and are finding themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to bidding on property back in Ireland.  The application of the tax relief means that eligible first-time buyers can outbid non-eligible buyers (of equal financial status) for the same property but it only applies to new homes.

In fact, buyers  who are not entitled to avail of the HTB relief are much better off looking at contemporary or recently built second-hand homes.  This offers a good opportunity for sellers and those thinking of selling in 2017.  If you are considering selling and want to know a bit more about your market and about demand for your particular property locally, just contact us for a quick and confidential chat.

The M11 motorway has made towns like Arklow and Gorey much more attractive to buyers.  Here at Kinsella Estates, we are currently listing a great three-bed semi-detached house in Arklow, just five minutes off the M11 motorway and less than 40 minutes from Dublin.

Link to further details here:

84 The Avenue, Meadowvale, Arklow, County Wicklow

 

This beautiful property is presented in showhouse condition.  Call us now to arrange a viewing on +353 53 9421718.  Also, don’t forget that we accommodate house-hunters and buyers from outside of Ireland and can do a virtual walkthrough of this or any of our other listed properties.  If you need extra help, just ask!

 

For specific queries or to speak with a local property expert about your buying and selling needs in Wexford, Wicklow and surrounding areas, contact Michael, Alan or Eileen Kinsella at www.KinsellaEstates.ie

Email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone : +353 53 94 21718       

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What will the Government’s rural action plan mean for sellers in South Wicklow and rural Wexford?

Last month, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny launched the Government’s rural action plan ‘Realising our Rural Potential: The Action Plan for Rural Development’.   This comes after a comprehensive action plan for housing and a longer term housing strategy looking forward Ireland in 2040.  That’s a lot of plans!    But what do all these plans actually mean, in real terms, if you are thinking of buying or selling a home or investment in rural Ireland over the next few years?

First things first, it has to be said that this is not just a Fine Fail/Fine Gael plan, it has the support of opposition members too, which should mean that it will live beyond the lifetime of the current government – in theory.  From the input sought across a range of voluntary bodies and organisations, and the general public, there is clearly the intention to deliver real change for people living and working – or seeking work – in rural Ireland.

The ideas behind the plan are solid; there is a general recognition that there is a massive amount of potential locked away in rural areas.  I see this myself in market towns across South Wicklow and County Wexford – there are highly skilled, motivated people who are unemployed or underemployed locally.  Also, through my work, I meet people who want to return to their home towns but cannot do this until quality employment becomes available.  And it’s not just down to employment; we have to look at the homes available, or the land that needs to be made available for development.  I understand that many rural areas, particular in the West and Midlands, are plagued by ghost housing estates that no-one wants to live in, however, here in the Southeast; there is returning demand for available new homes.  Local issues for us are more likely to be the derelict homes (with or without existing septic tanks on site) that buyers would be interested in if we could make them affordable and accessible.

The rural action plan aims to integrate existing frameworks of supports and to create new ones with the objective of increasing employment opportunities and access to public services in rural areas to increase the overall quality of life for people.

The plan involves co-ordinating and implementing a huge range of initiatives – there are 276 actions proposed – all to enhance the ‘economic and social fabric’ of rural Ireland.  These initiatives focus on rural enterprise, tourism, culture, creativity and improving infrastructure and connectivity.  It still sounds a bit vague, doesn’t it?

Here are the specifics:

  • 135,000 new jobs to be created by 2020
  • Increasing Foreign Direct Investment by 40% in regional areas
  • Rejuvenation of 600 rural towns
  • Pilot scheme to encourage town and village-centre living
  • 12% targeted increase of rural tourism
  • Acceleration of high-speed broadband in rural areas
  • Protection of vital services (like GPs) in small towns
  • 3,200 new Garda members and community CCTV

What this means for owners of vacant, boarded up commercial properties is that it might just be time to start taking the boarding down.  With grants and schemes coming on-stream to support local enterprise, vacant retail and office units will be in demand once more.  The Housing Department are currently looking at rolling out a rates alleviate scheme, which would be great for commercial landlords and tenants, but we do not yet have any details.

Of interest to owners of vacant – even derelict – residential properties, renovation grants are now available to restore properties in rural communities.  This will attract home buyers, particular returning emigrants, back to their home towns.  They can apply for a cash grant, not a tax rebate, of approximately €20,000 to purchase and renovate homes in villages and small towns.  Uniquely, this scheme will be available to all home buyers, not just first-time buyers.  It is particularly aimed at old people living alone in isolated areas, it is hoped that many will accept the benefit of this incentive and refurbish town and village-centre houses.  This makes absolute sense for most people, allowing them to feel safer and more included within the everyday activities of the community.

Also, investors might be interested to learn of the Buy & Renewal Initiative, which allows local authorities and approved housing bodies to purchase buildings in need of refurbishment for the purpose of social housing.  This will come as a timely opportunity for accidental investors, who might have inherited property but have been waiting to off-load it.

For specific queries or to speak with a local property expert about your buying and selling needs in Wexford, Wicklow and surrounding areas, contact Michael, Alan or Eileen Kinsella at www.KinsellaEstates.ie .  Alternatively, you can email me directly on michael@www.kinsellaestates.ie or telephone : +353 53 94 21718 to arrange a viewing on our qualifying new builds.

As recovery rolls out across the South East, we look at how the local market performed last year and what we can expect in 2017.

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Last year saw the appointment of our new Housing Minister, Simon Coveney and his ambitious plan: ReBuilding Ireland. The unveiling and widespread acceptance of this plan was probably the highlight of the property year – along with a relaxing of the Central Bank mortgage deposit rules –  but there were many, many lows. Without doubt, chronic lack of supply remains the critical issue and this is seen in the rising rental prices, record homelessness and a seeming stalemate within the developer community meaning that new supply remains well below demand for the third consecutive year. In particular, demand for housing in the capital increased by 10% while supply increased by a mere 1%.

Rentals prices increased nationwide by an average of 12% but Dublin and Cork saw increases of double that in key areas. An eleventh hour bill put forward by Minister Coveney – despite opposition from partners in government – aims to slow the rate of increase for the next three years to start with.  Rent caps of 4% per year introduced for the Dublin area are likely to spread to other urban areas over the next few months, north Wicklow will be first in line for that but south Wicklow and Wexford are not expected to face rental caps this year (unless universal application, as called for by Fine Fail, makes its way into legislation).

As for the first time buyers’ help-to-buy tax rebate scheme, whether this is a high point or a low point, really depends upon who you listen to.  The practical reality is that this initiative will only apply to a tiny proportion of buyers in today’s market.  If the government really wanted to impact the market, they would not have taken such a scenic route to avoid the perception of helping the developers.  The truth is that encouraging developers is exactly what is needed to get new housing units delivered as quickly as possible. This is something that the Minister has talked about and he has pledged to address the issue of building costs in the early part of 2017.  One effective way to do this might be to help bring down building costs by reducing the VAT rate, even temporarily, as we saw in the hospitality sector.  Unless building becomes commercially viable for developers and construction companies, there is no reason for them to take the risk.

But this needs to change.

From 2015 to the end of last year, the number of property purchases in Wicklow decreased from 1,402  to 1,271, mainly due to lack of supply rather than lack of demand, as evidenced by the price increases locally. A similar situation was seen in County Wexford where – despite price increases – the volume of transactions were down year-on-year  from 1,663 to 1,471.

With the population in a state of increase, employment continuing its upwards trajectory and mortgage funding in more plentiful supply than we have seen over the past eight years, demand is surging.  But without new housing, there is no way to service this demand.  Until new supply hits the market, prices will increase as competing buyers pay a ‘scarcity premium’ for any available homes in the right areas.

At the moment, for buyers, there are currently fewer than 700 available properties in County Wicklow and just shy of 1,100 available in County Wexford, that’s between six to nine months worth of supply. New homes are needed to bridge the gap between supply and demand as a matter of urgency.

Click here to view all of our new and second-hand homes in Counties Wicklow and Wexford.

For specific queries or to speak with a local property expert about your buying and selling needs in Wexford, Wicklow and surrounding areas, contact Michael, Alan or Eileen Kinsella at www.KinsellaEstates.ie .  Alternatively, you can email me directly on michael@www.kinsellaestates.ie or telephone : +353 53 94 21718 to arrange a viewing.

Originally published in the Gorey Guardian, December 10, 2016.

Gorey Community school construcion studies students visit, Gleann an Ghairdin; Sean Delaney, Liam Keane and Sarah Brohan.

Gorey Community school construcion studies students visit, Gleann an Ghairdin; Sean Delaney, Liam Keane and Sarah Brohan.

The busy construction team at Gleann an Ghairdin, the new estate being built on the Ballytegan Road, Gorey, recently hosted a group of fifth year construction studies students from Gorey Community School.

Accompanied by their teacher, Pat Hegarty, the 20 students were given a full tour of the site which is being developed by local builders Wexford Low Energy Homes. The development is made up of three-bedroom semi-detached and detached A-rated houses.

The students were shown around the site by selling agent, Michael Kinsella of Kinsella Estates and Nicky Morrissey from Wexford Low Energy Homes. They were shown houses at different stages of construction and saw foundations being poured, inspected houses being roofed, and viewed those being prepared for plumbing and electrical fittings.

Finally, the students became the first Gorey residents to look inside the showhouse on site before it opens to the public next week.

As construction was ongoing while the group was on site, safety was paramount and the students were kitted out with safety gear and got a practical lesson in safe on-site behaviour.

Foreman Nicky answered questions on every aspect of the build. The specialist low-energy home builders are using technology that the students would only have read about.

Gorey Community school construction studies students visit, Gleann an Ghirdin; selling agent, Michael Kinsella, Kinsella Estates with class teacher, Pat Hegarty.

Gorey Community school construction studies students visit, Gleann an Ghirdin; selling agent, Michael Kinsella, Kinsella Estates with class teacher, Pat Hegarty.

 

‘They were really engaged,’ said Michael Kinsella. ‘Many had never seen the inside of a building in progress. A site visit like this opens their eyes to new technologies and new ways of building for the future.’

This site visit comes at a time when the construction industry is struggling to fill jobs at all skill levels and is actively trying to promote the apprenticeship route for future tradespeople and construction-related third level courses for those who are college and university-bound.

‘It was excellent. I was really impressed with Nicky,’ said teacher Pat Hegarty. ‘The class had prepared questions for afterwards but he answered all of their questions during the tour.’

The showhouse will open for viewings on Saturday, December 10, from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. See www.KinsellaEstates.ie for more.

Gorey Community school construcion studies students visit, Gleann an Ghairdin; pictured with, selling agent, Michael Kinsella, Kinsella Estates and site manager, Nicky Morrissey, Wexford Low Energy Homes.

Gorey Community school construcion studies students visit, Gleann an Ghairdin; pictured with, selling agent, Michael Kinsella, Kinsella Estates and site manager, Nicky Morrissey, Wexford Low Energy Homes.

 

Last chance to buy in the current phase

With the supply of new homes running low across the South East, it won’t surprise local house-hunters to see that only one house remains available in the current phase of Riverchapel Wood.
6 The Parade, Riverchapel Wood is situated within walking distance of the scenic Courtown Harbour and many leisure attractions. This developement has proven popular with both homebuyers and investors, with returns almost as attractive as the views!

Number 6 is a spacious three-bedroom semi-detached house in excellent condition throughout, with a bay window and double doors leading onto the rear garden;  Asking price €137,000.

For more details on the property, check out the listing on :- http://www.daft.ie/wexford/houses-for-sale/courtown/6-the-parade-riverchapel-wood-riverchapel-courtown-wexford-1354836/

For specific queries or to speak with a local property expert about your buying and selling needs in Wexford, Wicklow and surrounding areas, contact Michael, Alan or Eileen Kinsella at www.KinsellaEstates.ie .  Alternatively, you can email me directly on michael@www.kinsellaestates.ie or telephone : +353 53 94 21718 to arrange a viewing.

Here at Kinsella Estates we love what we do and the best part of our day is when we hand new buyers the keys to their dream home!

 

Ian & Danielle collecting the keys to their new home!

Ian & Danielle collecting the keys to their new home!

“Thank you for all work in getting us the keys to our new home.

Michael was very professional and always went above and beyond for us always 

The staff in the office were brilliant and always got back to us.

We would highly recommend Kinsella Estates to anyone buying a new or second home.”

 

 

 

Property Returns

Property Expo 2016 returned to the RDS, Dublin for the first time in almost a decade and the team here at Kinsella Estates were delighted to showcase the best of Wicklow and Wexford properties.  I was delighted to be invited to speak on the New Homes panel discussion, where we talked about the challenges facing the New Homes market – for both the developers and the buyers – and how best to address these challenges.  At a time when supply is seriously low in most areas, it was great to bring two new developments to the show:

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Gleann an Ghairdin, Ballytegan, Gorey, Co. Wexford

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Riverchapel Wood, Courtown, Co. Wexford

 

Budget ’17 has brought new homes back to the attention of first-time buyers with the announcement of the new grant/tax rebate but investors and AHBs (Approved Housing Bodies) are all struggling to get their hands on properties at the moment so this is something that we will be talking about a lot over the next 12 months.

The ‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme for first-time buyers really does not go far enough to help, particularly when you consider that the problem is lack of supply.  In other parts of the country, there does not appear to be much goods news on th etopic of new homes but here in South Wicklow and across Wexford, we can see that the market is moving on.  We are speaking to developers about bringing new housing stock to the market and development sites are under consideration.

We will bring you details of new developements as they are announced and as they launch, but in the meantime, do let us know about potential development sites you might wish to bring to the market.  We know the area, we know who is looking for property and, most importantly, we understand local property values.

For specific queries or to speak with a local property expert about your buying and selling needs in Wexford, Wicklow and surrounding areas, contact myself (Michael), Alan or Eileen Kinsella at www.KinsellaEstates.ie  or email me directly on michael@www.kinsellaestates.ie and telephone: +353 53 94 21718 

 

 

 

 

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