Peninsula Properties are West Cork based Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents located in Kilcrohane, West Cork since 2004 specialising in property and house sales; property rentals; holiday lets and property valuations in Kilcrohane, Ahakista, Durrus and Bantry along 'The Wild Atlantic Way' coastal drive on the Sheep's Head Peninsula in beautiful south west Cork, Ireland. We have an assortment of coastal properties with sea views ranging from traditional Irish cottages to new builds and holiday developments. Not all properties are listed on our website, so if you don't see what you're looking for, please contact us. (PSRA Licence No. 002651).

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PENINSULA PROPERTIES has an intimate knowledge of its market, West Cork, and offers a market leading level of service.  We are committed to providing a personal, professional and confidential service from the initial contact through to completion of the transaction.  We are a specialised property services company and every client is important to us.  Because we are an independent property company specialising and concentrating in a specific geographic region in West Cork - i.e. the villages of Ahakista, Durrus and Kilcrohane on the Sheep's Head Peninsula - we are very knowledgeable about that region. To quote a client ...   "Elaine knows the Sheep's Head Peninsula like her own backyard"



  • a good auctioneer/estate agent - i.e. Elaine at Peninsula Properties!!
  • a current BER (Building Energy Rating) Certificate for the property - details on
  • proof of payment of the NPPR (Non Principal Private Residence) tax 2009 through 2013 or proof of exemption from the tax - details on
  • proof of payment of the Household Charge 2012 - details on
  • proof of payment of the LPT (Local Property Tax) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • proof of registration of your septic tank - details on
  • proof of the property's registration with Irish Water - details on
  • a Certificate of Planning/Building Compliance and Declaration of Identity for the property might be required - this can be provided by your surveyor/engineer
  • if the property you're selling is not your principal private residence, any net profit will be subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) - the current rate of CGT in Ireland is 33% (ouch!!) details on


  • a good estate agent/auctioneer - i.e. Elaine at Peninsula Properties (!!!!)
  • approval of funding from a financial institution or cash
  • in addition to the purchase price, enough funds to cover stamp duty (1% of the purchase price), solicitor's fees and costs, engineer's fees, moving costs
  • a PPS number
  • an Irish bank account (to open a bank account you will need to show photo ID - either a passport or driver's licence and 2 original utilty bills showing your name and permanent address)
  • a registered and qualified solicitor practising and based in Ireland

SO YOUR OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED - WHAT NEXT?  The very, very abridged version ...

  • take note - 'Sale Agreed' means nothing from a legal point of view!
  • you appoint an Irish based solicitor 
  • you apply for a PPS number (assuming you don't already have one - your solicitor can do this for you)
  • you pay a booking/good faith deposit (usually 5% of the purchase price) to the estate agent (this deposit is fully refundable up to such time that you sign the contract)
  • you appoint a local surveyor/engineer to carry out a pre-purchase survey for you - boundaries, planning history, compliance with building codes, condition of the property, etc.
  • you  open a bank account with an Irish bank (assuming you don't already have one) - you will need to show the bank photo ID and two original copies of a utility bill showing your home address
  • you sign the contract and pay a deposit equal to 10% of the purchase price (less the amount of the booking deposit) - a legally binding agreement is now in place and you stand to lose this deposit if you decide not to proceed with the purchase
  • UK buyers take note that in Ireland the term"exchange of contracts" means nothing.  Here, unsigned contracts are exchanged so a buyer can still be gazumped up until such time that the contracts are signed and the sale is completed
  • the seller signs the contract
  • the solicitors go back and forth with closing questions
  • you pay the 90% balance and there is now a fully executed contract
  • a completion date is set (usually 2 weeks from when you paid the balance)
  • you own the property
  • you get the keys to the property
  • you take possession/move in
  • you pop the champagne cork
  • you tell your friends to contact Peninsula Properties and speak to Elaine
  • you wonder why you didn't do this years ago
  • you live happily ever after in West Cork
  • The End


It typically takes anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks from acceptance of the offer to owning the property.  However, if there are mapping issues or planning problems, it can take much longer - that is why it is important for vendors to have everything in order before putting a property on the market.  However, if the vendor has everything in order and the purchaser has financing in place, a sale could be closed in as little as 4 weeks.