WHILE some auctioneers in Limerick city have been forced to close in recent months one Bruff man has opened up a new business.
Pat Dooley had the official launch of his office in the city last Friday. The Dooley Group is located at 4 Cecil Street.
Pat has worked with Hickey O’Donoghue, GVM and ERA Liston Auctioneers during is 11 year career. In 2009 he started up his own business at home in Klcullane, Bruff after losing his then position.
After two years working from home Pat has now has decided to open up in the city.
“With the way the market has gone opening up in the city might not be the most obvious choice but it is down to a combination of things. I’ve got very good value in the office on Cecil Street, which is something you wouldn’t have got a few years ago.
“It also has helped to increase my profile by having an office and not working from home,” explains Pat.
Plus he says when things do pick up, as they have to, he will have a base in the city and will already be established.
He opened up in Cecil Street at the start of June and so far so good.
“It seems to be working out well. It’s a very low cost operation. I have a girl here a few days a week but apart from that I’m doing it all on my own,” said Pat, who is married to Margo and has a little girl Katie.
He says he built up a lot of contacts during his time working for the three auctioneers and they have been very good to him since he started out on his own.
“I do house sales, rentals, property management. We’re back to when I started off in 2000, it was all property management and we’re kind of back to that at the moment.
“I do a lot of land lettings, land sales and grazings. I also do Building Energy Ratings, which is additional income, and I do a lot of valuations for different banks.
“I’m kept busy, there is always something to keep you going,” said Pat.