Seamus Carthy of Carthy & Associates Real Estate Alliance in Castlerea is offering a county-wide service from its Castlerea base. Excellence is always a top priority at Carthy & Associates and to that end, staff at Carthy’s now enjoy the facilities of what is amongst the most modern auctioneering offices in the country. The firm was established by Roscommon town native Seamus Carthy six years ago and staff moved into the multi-million euro new building at Main Street in Castlerea one year ago. In the five-year gap between the two developments, the business has gone from strength to strength and Seamus Carthy has earned a major reputation as a knowledgeable, reputable and professional man to deal with. Choosing Castlerea as the location for his business initially was both a brave and a wise move for Seamus. ‘It has gone beyond my expectations, the way the town has come on and this is why I have heavily invested in Castlerea.’ The doors of Carthy and Associates first opened on August 3rd, 2001. ‘I commenced the business in Castlerea with a view to moving to Roscommon, being from Roscommon,’ recalls Seamus. ‘I opened the office here with a long-term view of having my main office in Roscommon town. Given the way the business has developed and given the area that Carthy and Associates now cover, these offices more than likely will be our head offices, but we may have sub-offices elsewhere. We selected Castlerea and believe it will go from strength to strength in years to come.’ The new offices measure 3,000 sq. ft. and are totally dedicated to offering a professional auctioneering services. ‘It allows us to present and promote property to the highest level,’ said Seamus. High standards and excellence are words oft-repeated during the interview. It’s also worth noting that the two auctioneers, Seamus Carthy and Trevor Finneran, are both qualified auctioneers. Seamus is from a well-known Roscommon family. He is a son of Seamus and Kathleen Carthy who own Hillcrest B&B at Racecourse Road, Roscommon. Seamus lives at Lisagallon, Cloverhill and is a full member of the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute and is also a member of the Royal Society of Chartered Surveyors. Before coming back home, Seamus worked in Dublin with Harrington Bannon for five years. There he experienced dealing with retailers, rent reviews and commercial property valuations and found this experience invaluable when he transferred to the commercial property sector in County Roscommon. At Carthy and Associates, Seamus handles residential developments and commercial property, while Trevor Finneran handles most of the residential property. The new offices of Carthy and Associates at Main Street, Castlerea, are purpose built and the time and effort expended shows in the finished product. The Kilmurray Suite is the main meeting room and is also used for auctions. The design of the Suite also allows it to be used for presentations on property, handy when it’s not possible to go on site. The standard of excellence at Carthy and Associates is reflected in everything, from the design of the new office to the quality of brochures and the level of service on offer. Properties are mounted on the Carthy and Associates website and displayed in the office, but are also available to users of a range of top property websites including myhome.ie and daft.ie. Visitors to Carthy and Associates are given the benefit of Seamus’s advice and a proposed valuation, fees and costed marketing schedule are drawn up. After that, it’s up to the vendor to decide if they want to pursue the matter. ‘Then the individual knows where they stand. Once both parties are happy, the campaign starts and the property is put up for sale. We welcome people to the office to get independent and professional advice with no obligation and everything will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence,’ said Seamus. Such was the hectic pace of 2006 and 2007 that the impressive new office was never officially opened! The new offices were designed by David Quinn of Mexlib Design in Athenry. The property market is changing as mid-2007 beckons and Seamus believes that now, more than ever, professionalism is a must when it comes to choosing an auctioneer. It’s no longer the case that property is being mopped up by the market. ‘You cannot stick up a sign and wait for the market to respond. These are changing times. Auctioneers are going too have more work to do and professionalism is going to come to the fore.’ Seamus has already seen the completion of a number of very successful developments in Castlerea. The most significant of these was Tarmon Manor, a development of over 100 houses which met a great reaction from house-buyers in the region. He was also involved in Riverside and Riverwalk and smaller developments such as Knockroe Park, the Meadows and The Demesne. Seamus is a member of Real Estate Alliance, which has 46 offices nationwide. ‘Each and every office has qualified auctioneers. We joined them because of the professional side, the advice, professionalism, service and exposure is top quality.’ ‘Our record speaks for itself. We give the service. We have very little property on our books that isn’t sold within a short time. What we do, we do right,’ concluded Seamus.