Estate agent Vincent Finnegan has opened a new office in Dún Laoghaire.
Finnegan, who started his first business in Dundrum in 2003 and added a commercial arm in 2008, spent the recession years quietly expanding his business, eventually buying his new premises in Dún Laoghaire from Nama at a knockdown price.
According to The Irish Times, the 4,500 sq ft unit at 7/8 Anglesea Buildings had been owned by Richard Murphy of Xtravision fame, who paid more than €2.5 million for it in the boom times. Finnegan picked it up for about €450,000.
The new premises opened last week and has five staff, with plenty of space to expand.
Meanwhile in Sandyford, Damien Baxter and his wife Marie have opened a new branch of Baxters Auctioneers, a business that dates back to the 1970s when Damien’s father, the late Kevin Baxter, set up shop in Blanchardstown.
The pair have racked up almost 40 years in the property business between them, both of them working at different stages for Baxters and, more recently, for Sherry FitzGerald in Dundrum and Bray.
Their new venture, Baxter Real Estate in Sandyford village opened a couple of weeks ago with rugby player Dave Kearney and Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan doing the honours.