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11

Aug

SPR Properties Estate Agents Competition

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

SPR Properties Estate Agents from Newtownards, County have to Tickets to go and see Sing along Frozen on Saturday 19th September 2015 in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. It's the most popular Disney comedy-adventure to hit the big screen and, with the fairydust of Singalonga added, you are guaranteed a great time. Come on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen...

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11

Aug

SPR Properties Estate Agents Guide to a Successful Viewing

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

A successful viewing is a key factor of any house sale. If you are thinking of selling your home, It might sound like a daunting task at first, but if you prepare correctly and follow the relevant advice, there is no reason why your viewings can’t pass without a hiccup and in fact increase the chances of your home selling. To help you on your way, we have completed a list of the...

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10

Aug

SPR Properties Estate Agents - The Smart way to Sell your Home?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Buying a property in the UK has never been more different. Yes, seeing an advert in an estate agent's window or a local newspaper will mark the start of some people's journey to their new home.  These days, however, the majority of us are beginning our property searches online through portals like Property Pal and Property news.  When it comes to selling our homes,...

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08

Aug

Carl Frampton's House for Sale for £525,000

Posted on Aug 08, 2015

The Northern Ireland "World boxing champion" Carl Frampton and his wife Christine are selling their Banbridge home to move closer to family in Belfast. The undefeated local sports star, who recently took America by storm when he successfully defended his super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, says the house which the couple only moved into last year is proving...

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08

Aug

£50 off your next letting fee with SPR Properties Estate Agents

Posted on Aug 08, 2015

Due to the great sucess of our last discount campaign SPR Properties is delighted to offer again all our existing landlords £50 OFF* their next letting Fee when you refer SPR Properties Estate Agents new Landlord Business throughout August and September 2015. All you have to do is refer a Landlord to SPR Properties Estate Agents during August or September 2015 quoting the existing...

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07

Aug

Interest Rates likely to rise

Posted on Aug 07, 2015

It would appear the decision by the Bank of England this month not to raise base rate is good news for the Mortgage industry - However in the fine detail of the decision it contains a warning. The minutes of the BoE Monetary Policy Committee, released at the same time as the decision, carry a warning that “banks’ funding costs, an important influence on mortgage rates,...

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06

Aug

What is an EPC and What is its purpose?

Posted on Aug 06, 2015

Although the requirement for all properties which are For Sale or To Let to have an have an Energy Performance Certificate came into effect in January 2009, many landlords and vendors do not know what an EPC is and more importantly it is required by law for all properties.  So what are EPCs? Much like the multi-coloured sticker you tend to find on new appliances, EPCs tell you...

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04

Aug

Negative Equity Advice

Posted on Aug 04, 2015

We All have heard about the big property boom of 2005, however over 60,000 homeowner in Northern Ireland are currently in negative equity, that’s why I have put together some information which you may find useful. Firstly If you’re in negative equity you could find it extremely difficult to move house, remortgage or even get a better interest rate on your current mortgage,...

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04

Aug

Start Preparing for an Interest Rate Rise

Posted on Aug 04, 2015

What is Interest? Interest is a charge on borrowing money and the interest rate is the size of this charge. This means that when interest rates rise so too will the cost of borrowing. It’s important to think about this and understand how a rise will impact the potential cost of your home (mortgage or rent), bank loans, credit cards and other loans. Start preparing now for an...

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03

Aug

Landlords "Must Evict" illegal immigrants

Posted on Aug 03, 2015

Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration. They will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order, when asylum requests fail, ministers say. Landlords will also be required to check a migrant's status in advance of agreeing a lease. Repeat offenders could face up to five...

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03

Aug

Sir Alan Sugar Swaps the Boardroom for Property

Posted on Aug 03, 2015

You may have read last month that Lord Alan Sugar is teaming up with a well-known interior designer to create five new Luxury apartments in the heart of the London. The star of The Apprentice is partnering with former Dragons' Den panellist Kelly Hoppen to kit out the apartments at Bennett House in the St James' area. Hoppen is well-documented having worked for many...

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01

Aug

Buy to Let: Limited Company or Personal?

Posted on Aug 01, 2015

One of the most frequent questions i get asked by landlords is whether to buy an investment property in their own personal name or through a ltd company. It’s a great question however there is no simple and straight forward answer as it will depend on a number of factors surrounding the particular circumstance of the buyer such as how long the properties will be owned for, when to...

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30

Jul

What rights do homebuyers have when dealing with estate agents in Northern Ireland?

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

This question is commonly advised by potiential buyers, therefore i have listed the answers to the most commonly asked questions below: I have placed an offer in on a 3 bedroom town house for sale - is the estate agent obliged to pass my offer on to the owner? When a potential buyer makes an offer on a property, the estate agent must pass all the details on to the seller promptly...

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29

Jul

Selling your home yourself? Don't do It

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

There has always been a few house selling mavericks who have attempted to sell their own home without the help of an Estate Agent, and now there is the additional option of various online agents or single fee 'advertising' Estate Agents that offer different models to the traditional full Estate Agency model. Now Estate Agents have always been vilified as profession, but is it...

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28

Jul

How to Choose the right estate agent

Posted on Jul 28, 2015

We all know someone who can talk a great game.  It might be a friend, a business colleague, It could even be a family member. But what happens when it’s your estate agent? Sometimes talk can be cheap but sometimes talk can also end up being expensive which can result in you reducing your house price in order to get that sale. You need to find an agent which is results driven, One...

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28

Jul

Top Tip for successful Property Management

Posted on Jul 28, 2015

Managing a property is something that can take time but must be done well and efficiently if you are to receive a good return on your property investment and attract the right tenants.  The Spring 2015 Letting stats report indicates that 87% of tenants surveyed think that their property is managed either very well or quite well.  So to ensure that you fall within this category,...

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25

Jul

B&Q to close two of its Northern Ireland Stores

Posted on Jul 25, 2015

DIY giant B&Q has confirmed it will shut two of its Northern Ireland stores "by the end of the financial year" with the loss of dozens of jobs. It comes as parent company Kingfisher saw its overall UK and Ireland sales rise by 5.5% in the 10 weeks to July 11, buoyed on by a busy early summer trade. The confirmation of the closure of B&Q's Boucher Road store...

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25

Jul

Belfast baker Paul McClean to open 5 more shops over the City

Posted on Jul 25, 2015

Businessman Paul McClean, owner of Annie's pound bakery has ambitious plans to open the new stores by the end of the year although '£1 bakery' has only been open five weeks in West Belfast, Paul McClean has big plans to expand his venture across the city within the year. 'Annie's poundbakery' opened on the Springfield Road recently - creating eight...

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25

Jul

Expert advice on home improvements

Posted on Jul 25, 2015

Over the past two decades, “home improvement” has come to mean many things: a vehicle to move up the property ladder, investment in an alternative pension pot, and even just a practical hobby to tinker with on long weekends. But now that the economic climate has put dents where they shouldn’t be, and more of us are taking stock of our surroundings rather than looking...

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25

Jul

How to make your home more valuable and sell faster

Posted on Jul 25, 2015

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value Declutter – but don’t depersonalize Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a...

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