Published on June 27th, 2017 | by Val Sorohan

In conversation with Brian Dempsey

For those who don’t know me my name is Brian Dempsey, I am an Estate Agent with Nationwide Property Advisors DNG and the recently elected President of The Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV), the Voice of Auctioneers & Valuers in Ireland.

I joined DNG in March 2000 having worked for Halley Grace, one of Waterford’s most established agencies previously. I qualified as an Auctioneer in 1996 and completed a Bachelor of Science in Estate Management Surveying (Auctioneering) in 1998, both accredited by IPAV with the latter being full time in the University of Glamorgan South Wales. I also qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in January 2011.

During a recent Spring Clean I came across my Thesis from those University days. It was titled ‘The Estate Agents Internet – Avoid it at your peril’. Of course the internet of the mid 1990’s is a lot different to that of today for us in Ireland’s estate agency world primarily because of DAFT. Originally an odd name to roll off our tongues, this soon changed as DAFT swept the nation making the possibility of searching for property suddenly something which can be done at home or in work. Effectively, we could now nose around peoples’ homes without even leaving our own. This was huge for our industry and changed the way we did things so much and so fast. We really would have to avoid it at our peril but as the years rolled on and computer programs advanced, typewriters and fax machines became a thing of the past and now the trusty PC was the office hub and DAFT was our go to for information, comparables  and so much more.

Of course things are still changing over 20 years later. We find ourselves engrossed in screen time, sometimes with many screens on the go at once. A night in by the fire is now a night in with a phone or tablet in one hand and remote control in the other. TV programs tempt us to interact with hashtags and Property Porn is alive and well in the form of video and high resolution photography literally in the palm of our hands in real time. Alerts, baskets, favourites and more allow us indulge in the homes of our neighbours, friends or perhaps those in the public eye, whether we are employed in property or not. We love it, it takes us over and we embrace it. With so much happening in this world, way beyond what I could of imagined when preparing that Thesis, I wonder what the future holds for us now. I guess only the brains in DAFT could give us some insight and that is something we all look forward to and get excited about.

I have settled into my role as President now, given it is almost four months of a one year event. The 3 months ahead will be some of the busiest on my calendar and I look forward to the opportunities that will arise. Alongside our CEO Pat Davitt and our Executive Council we look forward to growing our membership, the introduction of mandatory Property Regulatory Authority approved CPD, and building our reputation even further within the industry. Similar to DAFT we strive to ensure our members achieve the best service which benefits all our clients and working together this will happen for all of us.

Of course there are many items on my personal agenda that I look forward to advancing with the help of my colleagues and I hope to have the opportunity to write about these to conclude my time as President of IPAV. In the meantime I look forward to visiting as many members as possible throughout the country with many of these visits having already taken place in Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny and my home town of Carlow where I completed my 4th year work experience with Thomas Byrne Auctioneers in the very early 1990’s. Time flies. I can only imagine the suit I wore!

I look forward to meeting DAFT members, IPAV members present and future throughout the year and would welcome contact from any of you in the event you think I may be able to help or assist you or your business.  In the meantime may I wish you all the best for the final quarter of 2017.

Brian Dempsey FIPAV


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