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How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home 

How to Maximise your Budget and Buy Your Dream Waterford Home  121 views

Buying a home comes with a lot of dreams, needs and wants, but there’s another consideration, too – budget. Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or moving on to bigger and better things, how can you make every euro count?

Maximising your budget might seem impossible; after all, a downstairs toilet is a must, and you’ve always hoped for a driveway and south-facing garden. But are these wants and desires preventing you from finding something you can actually afford?

Like everything else in life, buying a property needs a bit of compromise. You don’t have to bin your dreams of a garage or home office; you just need to think outside the box.

In this quick read, we look at ways to maximise your budget and get the home you’ve always wanted.

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home 

The Good Sense Guide to Selling Your Waterford Home  115 views

Homebuyers are heavily influenced by what they see, smell and hear, so here’s a guide to ensuring your property appeals to their senses.

Did you know that when it comes to impressing a buyer, you have just half a minute to make your property stand out?

Yes, you read that right. Most buyers decide if a property is the one for them in the first 30 seconds of a viewing.

So, with so much at stake in that short time, how do you make a good impression? Read on to find out.

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home

Top Tips to Avoid a DIY Disaster at Home 101 views

Will your next home improvement project end in success or a desperate call to professional tradespeople? Here are five tips to help your DIY project run smoothly.

Repairing and refurbishing your own home can be immensely satisfying – and save you lots of money. But not every DIY task finishes well.

From crooked countertops to terrible tiles and dodgy driveways, it’s amazing how – even with the best intentions – things can go wrong.

The Fake Landlord Scam That All Waterford Renters Need to Know About

The Fake Landlord Scam That All Waterford Renters Need to Know About 187 views

Don’t let con-men trick you out of your hard-earned money. Read on to discover what the ‘fake landlord’ scam is and how to protect yourself.

The fake landlord trick has been around for years, but current market conditions mean that some renters are particularly vulnerable to this con right now.

Here’s how the fake landlord scam works..

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever

Why Home Sellers Need Good Agents Now More Than Ever 161 views

The last two years have been hectic for the Waterford property market.

But now, the market is normalising, and homes are not selling as fast as they once were.

It’s also becoming harder to sell a home for a premium price.

Add to that the cost of living crisis and other global events hitting us in our collective pockets.

The good news is it’s still possible to achieve an excellent price for your home if the estate agent working with you knows how.

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem

How to Stop Condensation from Becoming a BIG Problem 167 views

This two-minute read looks at some simple steps landlords and tenants can take to reduce the risk of condensation causing mould, damp and disputes.

What causes condensation?
When moist air is cooled by contact with cold surfaces such as walls, windows or mirrors, the moisture condenses into water droplets, AKA: condensation.

This can often cause unsightly mould and, in extreme cases, be unhealthy. Not just in terms of physical health but because it’s a common breeding ground for disputes between landlords and tenants.

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide

The Ultimate Waterford Moving Guide 162 views

There’s no doubt about it, moving home is one of the most stressful life events you can go through. As you wade through boxes, try to settle the kids, hunt for the toaster, and pay off all the moving bills, you’ll probably be trying not to scream and lose your cool.

So, what’s the solution? Can you make a house move less hectic for all those involved?

We think so. Here’s our ultimate moving checklist…

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property

Home Improvement Ideas to Help You Sell Your Property 251 views

Whether you’re a DIY kind of person or prefer to hire a professional, home improvements are on the up.

Since the pandemic, savvy homeowners have been looking for ways to make their properties more comfortable and more desirable to future buyers.

So, what are the most popular home improvement trends?

How can you wow potential buyers with your use of space?

In this quick read, we look at some of the most popular ways to make your home more desirable to future buyers.

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer

How to Be a Stress-Free First-Time Buyer 118 views

Taking that first step on the property ladder is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. No matter how old you are, buying your first property will make you feel like a proper grown-up.

Before you even find the right property, there’s lots to learn, so in this quick read, we’ve pulled together our top five tips for first-time buyers.

How to Wow Buyers with a Spacious-Looking Home

How to Wow Buyers with a Spacious-Looking Home 519 views

Find out how you can impress buyers by making each room in your home look as spacious as possible. A two-minute read.

Whether you’re marketing a one-bedroom apartment or a seven-bedroom mansion, the same rule usually applies – big is beautiful.

We’re talking about big rooms, of course! It’s well known that a home that feels spacious will always get a higher price than a similar property that comes across as cramped and crowded.

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home

Quick Fixes to Attract More Buyers to Your Waterford Home 947 views

So, you’re keen to sell your home in Waterford, but you’re just not getting any offers. What’s going on? How can you make your home more attractive to potential buyers?

In this two-minute read, we look at some of the things that may be putting buyers off (that you can easily fix).

Tips for Marketing Your Home to Families

Tips for Marketing Your Home to Families 196,709 views

This two-minute read looks at how to ensure your home appeals to buyers looking for a family home.

When it comes to devising a marketing strategy to sell your home, the first step is establishing your target buyer.

For example, if you’re selling a slick, minimalist penthouse studio, there’s no prizes for guessing that your target will be young professional buyers.

But if it’s a house or garden flat that you’re bringing to market, then buyers with families should be at the forefront of your mind.

How to Market Your Waterford Home to Downsizers

How to Market Your Waterford Home to Downsizers 24,328 views

What do downsizers, a growing force in the housing market, want? Check out this two-minute read to find out.

Downsizers are emerging as increasingly influential players in the property market, with a growing number of over-55s selling up and buying less expensive properties.

How to Smarten Up Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget

How to Smarten Up Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget 570 views

Discover how to make your kitchen look fresh and modern without spending a fortune in this two-minute read.

Smartening up your kitchen is an excellent way to wow buyers and add value. If you can’t afford a full-scale high-end refurbishment, try these cost-saving DIY tips.

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple

Moving Home with Kids Made Simple 88,951 views

Moving house is stressful, moving house with kids… well, that can be a recipe for meltdowns, tantrums, and sleepless nights.… Read More

Choosing Windows for Your Waterford Property?

Choosing Windows for Your Waterford Property? 60,394 views

Before you were a property owner, chances are windows were something you just looked out of to take in the… Read More

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First

Thinking of Buying a Doer-Upper in Waterford? Read This First 40,214 views

When searching for a new home, do you scroll past properties that look a little worse for wear? You know the ones, where the carpet hasn’t been changed since the 70s and the floral wallpaper is curling off the walls?

Lots of buyers look for newly renovated or new-build homes due to fear of the doer-upper. If that sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re potentially missing out.

Older, seemingly ‘unloved’ properties may look scary, but they’re often hiding bags of potential.

Here’s what to consider when buying a doer-upper.

Waterford Property Market Update – March 2022

Waterford Property Market Update – March 2022 89,947 views

There is so much going on in the world today between the invasion of Ukraine and rising fuel and inflation. It’s certainly turbulent times.

One thing that has remained constant over the last two years is the shrinkage of the supply of rental property and properties for sale.

Waterford Property Market Update January 2022 Liberty blue Estate Agents

In this report, I will give you a brief snapshot of what’s happening in the housing market in Waterford right now.

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market

What Tenants Want: The Changing Face of the Rental Market 201,811 views

This two-minute read looks at the changing rental market and what it means for landlords.

With the rental market changing enormously over the past decade, savvy landlords need to stay on their toes to make the most of their investment.

What Waterford tenants want…

The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers in Waterford Need to Know

The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers in Waterford Need to Know 850,188 views

This two-minute read looks at the, sometimes inevitable, part compromise plays in many property transactions. When it comes to buying… Read More

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing

Regina’s address to the Minister for Housing 42,795 views

This morning, Monday the 31st of January 2022, Regina had the chance to address Darragh O’Brien TD, the Minister for Housing. Here is what she had to say…

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What Waterford Landlords Need to Know 8,620 views

In this three-minute read, we examine the dangers posed by carbon monoxide.

We recently read a statistic about carbon monoxide detectors that left us scratching our heads. According to the NSAI, a whopping 55% of Irish homes do not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Did you know that by law, any room in a rental property with a solid fuel-burning device or a gas appliance (such as a boiler) should have a working CO alarm? You can find the minimum standards required in an Irish rental property here.

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub

€1.4 Million in Funding Allocated for Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub 3,297 views

We are thrilled to learn that Dungarvan has been allocated an investment of €1.4 million for a digital transformation hub, which is to include; 90 co-working spaces, an incubation, innovation and commercialisation hub, training workspaces and a digital knowledge facility.

Waterford Property Market Update

Waterford Property Market Update 2,201 views

There is a lot happening in the Waterford property market at the moment…

The Waterford Rental Market

In relation to the residential rental market, in December, legislation capping rent increases at 2% per year in Rent Pressure Zones passed both Houses of the Oireachtas. This new law also provides for tenancies of unlimited duration.

I don’t see this being hugely problematic for landlords. Why not? I hear you say…

Diary of a Real Estate Intern – December 2021

Diary of a Real Estate Intern – December 2021 7,421 views

Ahhh yes, this week from start to finish, was… let just say, a maelstrom of internal feelings compounded by weeks of sleepless nights in a student complex that had my skin crawling with agitation by Monday morning.

To sum it up…

Do you remember when you were a child, and you had a tantrum? Did you ever scream into your pillow with rage?…. We’re all adults here, hush, hush, I won’t tell if you don’t… internalize that and say no more.

Difficult week indeed, tough conversations were had, not enough minutes in the day to do what was required.

Let’s Get Together and Support Waterford’s Shops This Christmas

Let’s Get Together and Support Waterford’s Shops This Christmas 1,232 views

Shop Local: In this two-minute read, we look at why it’s so important and enjoyable to buy from local, independent stores.

December is upon us. If you haven’t already started your Christmas shopping then the festive alarm bells will soon be ringing.

During the first lockdown, there was a huge push to support our local businesses. Many of whom were struggling due to the lack of footfall. At Liberty Blue, we are recommending that you rally behind these businesses once again.

There has never been a better time to look locally for your festive items, presents, and anything else that makes it ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.

Getting to know Scott

Getting to know Scott 7,357 views

We reckon it’s time we all got to know Scott, our newest team member, so we sat him down and hit him with some quick-fire buzzer round style questions. 😁

How long have you worked for Liberty Blue?

I am here for almost 3 months now, It’s been great, a huge learning curve from my previous career but I love it.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Chris Hemsworth, I reckon he could pull off my look 😜

Diary of a Real Estate Intern – Week 7

Diary of a Real Estate Intern – Week 7 1,627 views

This week I’m going to chalk down as a ‘learnings week’ as Real Estate Industry Leader Stephen Brown likes to put it. I don’t know who coined the expression or where I heard it before but as they say to get ahead in a new industry; you must fail fast, fail often, and fail forward in order to learn and grow.

I made mistakes with the VR camera – not enough scans + pictures – lesson learned.

I made a mistake with the diary – lesson learned.

Diary of a Real Estate Intern

Diary of a Real Estate Intern 2,723 views

I started in Liberty blue on September 15th on a Wednesday morning at 9 am. In the first few days that week, I was eased into things by shadowing Akville and Angela. I learned the basics around the technology used in Liberty Blue like Acquaint and Fixflo. I was also lucky enough to sit in on a marketing meeting during my first week too. It gave me great insights into the work and planning that goes on behind the scenes here in Liberty Blue. Everything is meticulously planned weeks/months in advance.

New Tenancy Bill means a 2% cap on rents in RPZ’s

New Tenancy Bill means a 2% cap on rents in RPZ’s 4,301 views

Welcome to our November Property blog

This month I am focusing on the residential rental property market. In terms of activity very little has changed with respect to supply and demand.

As of today, the 10th of November, while writing this blog there are 11 properties in total for rent on Daft in Waterford City. This includes 3 student properties. There are a further 8 in the County of which one is a holiday home and only available until April to rent.

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental Property for Winter

Seven Ways to Prepare Your Waterford Rental Property for Winter 2,237 views

In this two-minute read, we look at how landlords in Waterford can make sure their rental investments stand up to the challenges of winter weather.

With winter officially only a few weeks away, the time is now ideal for landlords to take steps to ensure their properties are prepared for whatever December to February serves up.

By putting a winter property maintenance plan in place, you’re setting yourself and your tenants up for a trouble-free winter period.

Property Q and A – October 2021

Property Q and A – October 2021 4,422 views

Dear Liberty Blue,

One of my tenants is complaining of noise late at night made by one of the other tenants in the building, upstairs. This is a teenage girl who has taken up the drums. In fairness, the noise is only going on until 8 or 9 pm but still, this downstairs tenant is fed up with it because it is going on every evening for about an hour.

Any suggestions? All has been peaceful between these two apartments until now!

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking 2,759 views

In this two-minute read, we look at the BIG reasons why your home needs to be up for sale at the very least before you start seeking a new one.

Picture the scene.

You’re house hunting and have been trawling the internet for what seems like forever. Then one day your eyes are drawn to a beautiful looking home that ticks all your boxes.

You visit the property and boom, fall head over heels with it. It’s the one….

Five Ways to Declutter Your Waterford Home

Five Ways to Declutter Your Waterford Home 4,642 views

In this two-minute read, we look at one of the simplest ways to turbo charge the sale of your home – decluttering.

When it comes to selling a home, there’s a simple way to add thousands of euros to the price you achieve – and that’s to get rid of your clutter.

By being a little bit ruthless with yourself, and those you live with, you really can achieve a quicker and more lucrative sale.

Here are five ways to say goodbye to your clutter…

What Social Media Tells You about an Estate Agent

What Social Media Tells You about an Estate Agent 1,823 views

In this three-minute read, we look at the critical role social media plays in estate agents reaching out to potential buyers.

When choosing an estate agent, it pays to channel your inner Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes and do a little online sleuthing.

When you’re looking to hire an estate agent it’s important to look for someone with a strong community standing, good track record, and proven marketing formula.

Social media and Google reviews are great places to check this out….

How Home Sellers in Waterford Can Avoid Fall-Through Agony

How Home Sellers in Waterford Can Avoid Fall-Through Agony 1,080 views

In this two-minute read, we look at what homeowners can do to reduce the risk of their property sale falling through.

We’re about to banish a myth that many people still believe about selling a home.

The misconception is that once you’ve accepted an offer for your property, the hard work is done.

Property Q and A

Property Q and A 2,757 views

I am in the middle of selling my house. My family and I are moving further out of Waterford City and buying a new house there at the same time. My problem is that the buyer of my house seems to be moving very slowly, or their solicitors are. We have been delayed now 9 weeks since we went sale agreed and it is starting to make me feel very nervous about my house purchase. The people we are buying from are chasing me every day. What can I do? 

Property Q and A – September 2021

Property Q and A – September 2021 4,557 views

I am in the middle of selling my house. My family and I are moving further out of Waterford City and buying a new house there at the same time. My problem is that the buyer of my house seems to be moving very slowly, or their solicitors are. We have been delayed now 9 weeks since we went sale agreed and it is starting to make me feel very nervous about my house purchase. The people we are buying from are chasing me every day. What can I do? 

We Love Teamwork!

We Love Teamwork! 2,710 views

As Estate Agents, we have a reputation for producing great videos and images of our properties and marketing them really well to buyers.

I was reminded last month though that we just wouldn’t be able to do this to such a high standard if our clients didn’t work with us!

Waterford Property Watch – August 2021

Waterford Property Watch – August 2021 9,858 views

Today,17th August 2021, there are only 11 properties for rent advertised on daft.ie in Waterford city and county, excluding student accommodation (8)… Read More

More than a Quick Sell

More than a Quick Sell 8,550 views

This week I wrapped up a job that showed the value of building a good relationship.  I sold a property… Read More

Tips for Buyers Looking for Their Dream Home in Waterford

Tips for Buyers Looking for Their Dream Home in Waterford 5,549 views

In this two-minute read, we give our best recommendations on how to find your dream home in Waterford.
Searching for your next home can be an exciting process, but it can also feel daunting and even frustrating at times. Use these suggestions to ensure that when you’re house hunting in Waterford, you remain as calm as possible.

Six Reasons Why Property Inspections Are a Must for Waterford Landlords

Six Reasons Why Property Inspections Are a Must for Waterford Landlords 2,928 views

In this three-minute read, we look at why regular inspections should be central to your property management strategy. When you’re… Read More

How to Choose a Good Waterford Removal Company

How to Choose a Good Waterford Removal Company 2,697 views

This three-minute read gives you a few ideas to consider when choosing your removal company in Waterford.

Getting the right people to help you move home is so important. This means your estate agent, your solicitor, and the people that will do the physical heavy lifting. Choosing the right removal company will make a big difference, not only on moving day itself, but before, and after, your move.

Calculating Your Waterford Buy-to-Let Return

Calculating Your Waterford Buy-to-Let Return 2,667 views

If you’re looking for a property to rent out, it’s important to understand the numbers involved. You may have inherited a property and are thinking of letting it. Use the information here to identify if that is a prudent thing to do or if the capital from selling the property could be better invested.

Retrofitting is an opportunity not to be missed when transforming your home

Retrofitting is an opportunity not to be missed when transforming your home 1,073 views

At Liberty Blue Estate Agents we have noticed a trend change when it comes to buyers looking for their first home. Previously most buyers wanted a home that was pretty much turn-key. 

However, in the past year, there has been a stronger demand from buyers looking for a home which can offer them a project. The result is that older townhouses which had been left aside and looking sad are being bought by buyers who see their potential. These buyers want to invest the time and energy into a redesign and retrofit.

Outside Space: Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Garden

Outside Space: Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Garden 882 views

In this two-minute read, we share some simple ideas to improve your garden.

Covid restrictions have affected the housing market in many ways, from virtual viewings to a complete lack of supply but something else has occurred too. Outside space and gardens are fastly becoming a wishlist priority for both buyers and renters. Here some tips for making the most of your outside space.

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