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'Upfront, open and transparent': How live online offers are optimising the sale of this Cork home

Offers by Daft is an innovative new product which allows buyers to place and track offers in real time.

“IT OVERLOOKS A lovely green area where kids play after school, it’s very airy and it’s in a beautiful village,” says Edward O’Neill of his four-bed home in Kilworth, Co Cork.

“Cork city is a 30-minute drive away, it’s a great spot. I shouldn’t be leaving it at all, but I am.” 

After buying 116 Pairc na gCapall in 2010 and living in Cork for 30 years, Edward is selling his semi-detached home to move back to his home county of Tipperary. “I’ve recently retired and I’m moving on to a different phase in my life now. That’s the only reason I’m selling,” he says. 

Edward put the house up for sale with Lorraine Spillane Auctioneers, based in Fermoy, and opened the house to online offers with Offers by Daft. This new free platform from Daft.ie, Ireland’s largest property search site, provides transparency and flexibility to home buyers, agents and sellers.

Buyers can place and track offers whenever suits them, and can be confident in knowing that other bidders are genuine. “It gives everyone a fair chance,” says Lorraine. 

The biggest benefit for her as an agent, she says, is that all parties involved receive an email if there are any changes in the sale. “There is a lot more control over the emails back and forth,” she says. “I’m notified, the owner is notified, the bidder is notified. It’s all very quick and efficient, which is important in this current market. Bidders can see in real time exactly when the offers are coming in.”

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“Bidders can see in real time exactly when the offers are coming in. I’ve had situations where two couples have put offers in all day long without any input from me.”

For Edward, the process provides him with peace of mind. “It’s about clarity,” he says. “It’s about being upfront, open and transparent.”

With all interested buyers being verified before they place an offer, Edward says there’s comfort in knowing that bidders are genuine and “in good hands”. 

Since moving into the property 12 years ago, Edward has carried out multiple updates throughout the home, leaving it in showhouse condition for its new owners. The updates include the addition of a Stira stairs and flooring in the attic (it’s ideal for storage, he says), and landscaping the south-facing rear garden.

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With working from home becoming the norm for many people, Edward also converted the fourth bedroom into an office with a built-in desk and shelving. “The office is to the front of the house and overlooks the green area,” he says. “There’s great internet coverage, and it’s an excellent space for work.”

At ground floor level, the accommodation comprises a large living area, a south-facing open-plan kitchen/diner, a utility room and a bathroom. On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms (one complete with an en suite), a home office and the family bathroom. 

No 116 also benefits from newly tiled flooring and walls in the main bathroom, as well as new carpet on the stairs and landing. At 1,300 sq ft the property enjoys a spacious feel throughout, with this being further complemented by being the last in a row of semi-detached houses. 

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Buyers with young children are sure to appreciate the school and GAA club located just across the road, while Fermoy town offers an abundance of shops, restaurants and other amenities – and is just a 10-minute drive away.

Priced at €295,000, the property is open for online offers on Daft now. With an offer already in, Lorraine says the feature allows vendors to have “full control” over what they sell their house for as they’re “continuously kept in the loop.” 

“It’s transparent for everyone. You can see how many bidders there are, whether you’re up against the same people or there are new bidders getting involved. It gives everyone clarity.”

With Offers by Daft, buyers can place and track offers anytime, anywhere and from any device – with the security of knowing that other bidders are genuine. Find out more about Offers by Daft here 

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