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04

Jul

George Clooney; Why not live in Venice?

Posted on Jul 04, 2015

Why wouldn’t you want a house in Venice? It’s impossibly seductive – an enchanting jumble of history, art, glamour and beauty, unmatched by any other city in the world. It was even good enough for the lavish wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Some cynics dismiss Venice as Disneyland for grown-ups, but is that such a bad thing, if it means that...

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04

Jul

Center Parcs sold to Canadian property giant

Posted on Jul 04, 2015

Canadian investment giant Brookfield Property Partners has bought Center Parcs, trumping rivals bids for the holiday business and scotching a potential stock market float.  The commercial property group won the auction for the UK holiday parks operator with an offer believed to have been just below the £2.5bn asking price that private equity owner Blackstone had...

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04

Jul

Bank account compensation cut 'absurd' says top MP

Posted on Jul 04, 2015

  News that millions of bank customers will get £10,000 less compensation in the future if their bank goes bust has been criticised as "absurd" by a senior MP. Under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), consumers can receive up to £85,000 per account. But from 1 January 2016, the amount will be reduced to £75,000, as a result...

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03

Jul

Lowest Mortgage rates on record

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

Mortgage rates in May were reported to be the lowest ever since records began in 1995. However there wasn't a surge on new mortgages. Primarily because these record rates apply mainly to purchases with more than a 25% deposit, which eliminates almost every first-time buyer. The higher loan-to-value deals still provide very attractive rates and this...

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03

Jul

New rules for Landlords rate liability

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

The changes, which follow a public consultation exercise, come in to effect this April and will be an interim measure until a more comprehensive review of rate liability in the landlord sector is commenced later this year. Simon Hamilton said: “The refinements will make the rules simpler to administer and much easier for domestic landlords and tenants to understand, so there...

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03

Jul

Northern Ireland house prices up by 8%

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

  Values across the UK increased by 3.3% in the 12 months to June, marking the weakest annual growth since June 2013. On a month-on-month basis, prices fell by 0.2%, reversing a 0.2% increase in May. The average UK house price is now £195,055. Northern Ireland, where prices fell sharply in the wake of the economic downturn, overtook London to...

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02

Jul

Secure your Home before your Holiday!

Posted on Jul 02, 2015

It’s that time of year again when many of us  jet off to Sun, Sea & foreign climates on holiday. We spend time, months in some case, sourcing the perfect location and then the build-up really begins in. Buying new holiday clothes for the family, the toiletries, pre-booking park tickets, booking airport parking….the list goes on. We all organise ourselves and our...

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01

Jul

Fracking could lower house UK prices

Posted on Jul 01, 2015

Fracking could reduce house prices, increase traffic and noise and damage the landscape in rural communities, according to a draft official report. The government was forced to publish the unredacted report after a decision by data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office. Defra said the report was incomplete and "not analytically...

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30

Jun

Titanic Quarter gets green light

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

A major exhibition centre in the Titanic Quarter has finally been awarded planning permission, it can be revealed. The Titanic Exhibition Centre - which is due to draw in thousands of visitors - was given the green light for an initial three-year term during a Belfast City Council planning committee last night. It was awarded approval during a specially-convened sitting, after it...

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29

Jun

Renovating a Home to Sell On

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

When property investors buy a home with the intention of renovating it and selling it on for profit, there are various steps they must take to make the project a success and ensure they can enjoy maximum profits when they eventually sell the home. Research stage Before contemplating what renovation work to undertake, carrying out adequate research is imperative. This involves...

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29

Jun

Apartment with strong Titanic links could be yours

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

It is a house steeped in history where the designer of the Titanic Thomas Andrews grew up with his brothers - and for less than £200,000 you too could be calling it home. Ardara House is one of Northern Ireland's most famous Victorian manors, built in 1872 in Comber for the Andrews family. In recent years it has been converted into six luxury apartments. Number 3, which is...

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29

Jun

Apartment with strong Titanic links could be yours

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

It is a house steeped in history where the designer of the Titanic Thomas Andrews grew up with his brothers - and for less than £200,000 you too could be calling it home. Ardara House is one of Northern Ireland's most famous Victorian manors, built in 1872 in Comber for the Andrews family. In recent years it has been converted into six luxury apartments. Number 3, which is...

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29

Jun

Rory McIlroy’s Former Residence for Sale

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Robinhall House – undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most exclusive properties.  The former home of Rory McIlroy is situated just outside Belfast near Moneyreagh in County Down and has come to the market priced at £2.5 million.   The stunning five bedroom 7,200 sq ft property, set in 14 acres of award winning landscaped gardens including a bespoke golf...

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29

Jun

Power NI call for boiler SOS

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Resolutions are at the heart of the New Year and Northern Ireland’s leading energy provider Power NI believes that improving energy efficiency in the home should be a priority for homeowners in 2014. Power NI is urging local customers to cut energy costs and run a more efficient home with the help of a simple annual boiler service. “The boiler is one of the most...

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28

Jun

Advice for students when renting

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

For many students stepping into the private rental market can be a daunting experience. However the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) advises that the process can be easy by following some simple steps. ARLA's top tips for any student looking to rent a private property are: 1. Research, research, research Before searching for a property, speak to...

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28

Jun

Property Ladder: Housing plan boost

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

Housing experts have welcomed the government's announcement this week to release unused public land to builders for development on a 'buy now, pay later' basis. The Public Expenditure Committee, a Cabinet Committee chaired by Francis Maude, will go through each department's plans to make sure every possible site is made available for housebuilding. Alongside this,...

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28

Jun

New Home numbers up from last year

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

registrations in Northern Ireland have shown year-on-year growth, according to figures out today. The latest statistics from the National House Building Council say that there were 759 finished new houses in the province between February and April this year. That was up from 648 during the same period the year before. However, the latest jump was less than the increase recorded...

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28

Jun

Northern Ireland property price index 2015

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

The Residential Property Price Index is designed to provide a measure of change in the price of a standardised residential property sold in Northern Ireland.  It is a quarterly composite index, combining a house price index and an apartment price index. The index adopts a mix-adjusted approach to control for differences in properties sold, using certain key characteristics...

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28

Jun

Smooth move guide

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

Everyday thousands of us complete the process of moving house. Recent research from Saga Legal Solutions shows that Britons think moving house is the third most stressful experience in life. This is especially because of the complicated steps involved, including conveyancers, surveyors and home removal firms seemingly doing their best to ruin the big day. However, Saga have a smooth...

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28

Jun

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to get new Hotel

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is to get a new four-star boutique hotel after planning permission was granted for the development. Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee today approved the application from Titanic Foundation Ltd and Titanic Quarter Ltd, for the conversion and refurbishment of the old Harland and Wolff headquarters and drawing offices into a 84-bedroom hotel...

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