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12-07-2017, 16:25   #61
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Oh really, we were originally told we had to sign after 3 weeks but when our solicitor got the contracts he sent them a list of questions back at the start of June and we still haven't heard back. Hooke&MacD have called us asking why we haven't signed but we said we're waiting on them otherwise we're ready to sign. I wonder will they call us now and say we need to sign regardless.

Yea they seem to be going up fairly quick, I'm hoping they don't take longer than 6 months. Did you contact the builders directly for the socket plan? Do we get to make any changes internally or get options for anything do you know since you've signed?
Yeah we were the same but it was around 8 or 9 weeks after putting the deposit down that we signed the contracts. We kind of panicked when we heard their solicitors told us we had to a certain date to sign the contracts so we got everything over the line and just signed. Our Solicitor was happy with everything which was grand!

No I contacted Hooke& McD and they contacted the developers. I don't think we do have a choice as I was told the kitchen is the same kitchen as the show house in Park Side and the kitchen is been fitted by Nolan Kitchens.
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Yeah we were the same but it was around 8 or 9 weeks after putting the deposit down that we signed the contracts. We kind of panicked when we heard their solicitors told us we had to a certain date to sign the contracts so we got everything over the line and just signed. Our Solicitor was happy with everything which was grand!

No I contacted Hooke& McD and they contacted the developers. I don't think we do have a choice as I was told the kitchen is the same kitchen as the show house in Park Side and the kitchen is been fitted by Nolan Kitchens.

Ok, I might call them to try hurry them up, it was nothing major our solicitor asked anyway just all small queries.

Yeah I seen the kitchen in parkside and loved it anyway so I'm happy, I just know some places give you a few standard colours for tiles and worktop etc so was curious to whether we would.
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Yeah we were the same but it was around 8 or 9 weeks after putting the deposit down that we signed the contracts. We kind of panicked when we heard their solicitors told us we had to a certain date to sign the contracts so we got everything over the line and just signed. Our Solicitor was happy with everything which was grand!

No I contacted Hooke& McD and they contacted the developers. I don't think we do have a choice as I was told the kitchen is the same kitchen as the show house in Park Side and the kitchen is been fitted by Nolan Kitchens.
Did the solicitors or the agent tell you that you had to sign by a particular date? Did they mention why? We're in the same boat, got a bit of the run around from the agent who said to check with our solicitor as the replies to queries were sent but they weren't.

Does anyone have contact details the builder? I have the plans off the sdcc website but little detail around internal floor sizes. Just want to jump the gun and get some quotes for flooring. We've asked to confirm the garden sizes as well but it appears it's only going to be confirmed when complete in spite of detailed site plans on the sdcc website.

Also if anyone gets those socket details that would be great to post if possible.

We're on Shackleton Place, hoping to be in before the end of the year, fingers crossed. It's one of the only main feeder roads into the front half of the estate so I'm guessing that'll be the case.
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Hey, put a deposit on a C type house this week, tried to get answers to a number of questions with no reply.

Can anyone answer the following:
Management fees are €500, but what do they include and if bins are included where are the bin sheds going in the estate?
Also the mamnagment fees can be increased at anytime and who looks after the new roads being built just outside traffic lights etc.

Can house type C have an attic conversion?

The “store” room in the plans for house type C, does this incorporate the hot press or is it just a store room?

The only problem I see so far is the Managment company, I'd get as much info as possible in contracts.

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Hi (neighbors :-) ),

We put a deposit on C-type-end in mid May. Contract is still with our solicitor, hoping to get their "Go" this/early next week.
We live in this area (Airlie Heights) for last 9 years and having dealt with mental second-hand property market for over 2 months this was rather no-brainer to go with Shackleton (no second thoughts about traffic, distance to village, shops etc). For us nothing changes location-wise except finally paying own mortgage (and of course living in 30 y.o. vs new build).

I'd also love to hear more about management fees, what's included and is this final (Parkside folks didn't get this unwanted "luxury")?
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Hey, put a deposit on a C type house this week, tried to get answers to a number of questions with no reply.

Can anyone answer the following:
Management fees are €500, but what do they include and if bins are included where are the bin sheds going in the estate?
Also the mamnagment fees can be increased at anytime and who looks after the new roads being built just outside traffic lights etc.

Can house type C have an attic conversion?

The “store” room in the plans for house type C, does this incorporate the hot press or is it just a store room?

The only problem I see so far is the Managment company, I'd get as much info as possible in contracts.

Thanks in advance.
I also put a deposit on a Type C haven't signed contracts yet. Not sure of all the answers to you questions. I do know that the store room contains a boiler but it's quite a decent sized space for storing too

With regards the attic conversion the agent said something along the lines of" he could never say the type c attics could never be converted but that whatever way the tresses are in the attic it would be difficult to convert"

My solicitor said bins were included in the management fee and that the management company decide what bin company we will have. So we will have to see I suppose. Hope that helps.

Have you been told anything about the kitchen I'm the type C house. The show house kitchen was to the back and there was a small window so the counter top lined up with it. In our houses the kitchen is the front and there is a large window so I'm guessing will you see the back of the units from the front window?
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The only problem I see so far is the Managment company, I'd get as much info as possible in contracts.
Normally the entirety of a person's rights and obligations are spelt out definitively, alongside those of the Management Company towards the owners of leases, in the contracts.

You have to be cognisant- there is a small block of apartments/townhouses in the development- and there is also a stated intention to ascribe assigned on street parking to units.

Normally- at this initial stage in the development- a low Management Charge is set- covering the basics (probably just insurance at this stage)- and then other services- refuse collection, lighting, sink fund etc- get tagged on, as the development comes to completion.

You do need to get the rights and obligations of both the leaseholders, and the Management Company- tied down in the contracts.

Once the development is complete- keep in mind- the owners of the leases, are the shareholders of the Management Company. It would be particularly helpful if owner-occupiers were to familiarise themselves with the MUD Act- and attend the AGM and put themselves forward to run the Management Company in as constructive a manner as possible for the betterment of all residents.
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Atleast the bins are covered. We should set up a Facebook group for members of the estate. Would be nice to have a sense of community in the area
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I also put a deposit on a Type C haven't signed contracts yet. Not sure of all the answers to you questions. I do know that the store room contains a boiler but it's quite a decent sized space for storing too

With regards the attic conversion the agent said something along the lines of" he could never say the type c attics could never be converted but that whatever way the tresses are in the attic it would be difficult to convert"

My solicitor said bins were included in the management fee and that the management company decide what bin company we will have. So we will have to see I suppose. Hope that helps.

Have you been told anything about the kitchen I'm the type C house. The show house kitchen was to the back and there was a small window so the counter top lined up with it. In our houses the kitchen is the front and there is a large window so I'm guessing will you see the back of the units from the front window?

I was told that the kitchen will be placed to the back of the house with the living/dining area at the front of the home. So your window at the back will be high and low window to the front.

The attic conversion is a problem also as expansion is a huge part of buying a home, and the management company will have the say so If you ever wish to expand.

That's my worry, what will the start to include in the fees and subsequently what will the fee rise to? Could easily be €1,000 over the course of a year.
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You have to be cognisant- there is a small block of apartments/townhouses in the development- and there is also a stated intention to ascribe assigned on street parking to units.

Once the development is complete- keep in mind- the owners of the leases, are the shareholders of the Management Company. It would be particularly helpful if owner-occupiers were to familiarise themselves with the MUD Act- and attend the AGM and put themselves forward to run the Management Company in as constructive a manner as possible for the betterment of all residents.
Yes, it is the apartment complex and duplexes that require a lot of maintenance work etc, which could easily increase the cost of management fees!
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Could easily be €1,000 over the course of a year.
However- the flipside of the coin is- were you to pay for refuse and building insurance (alone) separately- it would most certainly cost you more than €1,000 per year. A thousand a year- is a low management charge.
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However- the flipside of the coin is- were you to pay for refuse and building insurance (alone) separately- it would most certainly cost you more than €1,000 per year. A thousand a year- is a low management charge.
That is true but there is no end to what the price could rise to, also regarding the road network around the area is that the management companies responsibility.

For example traffic lights at the entrance etc:
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Did the solicitors or the agent tell you that you had to sign by a particular date? Did they mention why? We're in the same boat, got a bit of the run around from the agent who said to check with our solicitor as the replies to queries were sent but they weren't.

Does anyone have contact details the builder? I have the plans off the sdcc website but little detail around internal floor sizes. Just want to jump the gun and get some quotes for flooring. We've asked to confirm the garden sizes as well but it appears it's only going to be confirmed when complete in spite of detailed site plans on the sdcc website.

Also if anyone gets those socket details that would be great to post if possible.

We're on Shackleton Place, hoping to be in before the end of the year, fingers crossed. It's one of the only main feeder roads into the front half of the estate so I'm guessing that'll be the case.
I think the reason why they were trying to push us to sign as they were releasing another phase of houses last Saturday so they might of wanted to put the houses that people pulled out of on that phase.Cairn Home solicitors sent my solicitor a letter and said the contracts have to be signed 7 days from which the letter was dated.

If you go onto the shackletonpark.com and click into the brochure it shows you the exact size of of the rooms in the house.
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Hi all,

We purchased the type D house. Put down booking deposit in May and are signing contracts tomorrow. Has anyone else bought the type D house? There was no show house for this style in Parkside and there are no pictures of the kitchen on the website. Finding it hard to get details off Cairn. As regards parking our driveway, seems to be at the side of the house. Was anyone else told this? We expect to get the keys in November based on what we have been told. I think a Facebook group would be a great idea as suggested by a previous poster.
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Buying a 4-bed type A house. Put down deposit back in May and signed this week. I was not given any hard date for signing but did get a couple of calls from solicitor and agent.

I have been to Parkside showhouses a couple of times and was quite impressed with the build and layout. Type A is very similar to Type E in Parkside. At 165 SqM its a lot of house for 370K and IMO better value and build than others being built in the area close to the station.

Re. management fees, I have looked at the draft budget and fees are just under 400 for 3/4 bed houses, and just over 400 for 5 beds. Apartment however are in 1500-1600 range depending on the beds etc.

Houses fee include refuse but do not include property insurance, and there is a small provision for sinking fund. They have done a separate budget for houses and apartments, as apartments fees obviously contain insurance and more common areas to maintain.

Draft budget and fees seemed reasonable to me given that just refuse collection can cost 300, but managing agent fees seemed bit steep. I am on the board of another management company and we are paying lot less to managing agent there, but Shackleton is a much bigger development.
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