Two Skerries icons came together when four-time All-Star footballer Lindsay Davey officially opened REA Grimes’ new landmark offices in the town this week.
The cutting of the ribbon on the state-of-the-art offices at 99 Strand Street cements a 26-year relationship between REA Grimes and the town.
“We were originally located across the road in number 30 and moved to number 21 in 1999 before finally settling in what is a fantastic home for REA Grimes and EBS Skerries at number 99,” said Dermot Grimes.
Dermot and colleagues Carla Costigan, Rachel Mullen and Louise Shannon were joined by REA Grimes CEO Paul Grimes and a host of well-wishers to toast the opening.
“We are delighted to have Lindsay here with us tonight. As a four-time All-Ireland winner, she is a home-grown Skerries person and a true role model for the Skerries community, young and old,” said Dermot.
REA Grimes celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, and believe that their experience in the market has been the key to an expansion that has seen them open two new office this year.
As well as residential sales, REA Grimes are deeply involved in new home developments and land sales and, as such, have an overview on the Dublin and East Meath market from the city centre to the outer commuter areas.
“It’s all about our people and our experience. We appreciate the challenges of the market and have seen most situations before,” said Dermot.
“The fact that we have both an auctioneering and finance arm means that we appreciate the challenges that buyers have with funding and mortgage approvals.”
The market in North County Dublin has softened, but not to the same extent as other areas, according to Dermot.
“More stock has come to the market – to levels that we haven’t seen in the last five years – which means more choice for the buyer,” he said.
“The buyer now has a choice and while sales are now taking longer, the condition of the property has now become a crucial factor due to the increasing cost of renovations.
“Three-bed semis are continuing to sell in North County Dublin and there is a trading up market starting to appear with people selling two/three bed semis that they bought six years ago.
“In new homes, we are currently selling Lusk Village Quarter for McGarrell Reilly – a true community where there will be over 150 residential units set amongst unique leisure and civic space and a commercial area anchored by Lidl.
“We will also be launching a further 62 units at Barnageeragh Cove in Skerries in March.”