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Nov

Draft Non Domestic Valuation List – Net Annual Values

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Draft Non Domestic Valuation List – Net Annual Values

Land & Property Services (LPS) has completed the revaluation of all non-domestic properties in Northern Ireland for rates purposes. A Schedule of Draft Rateable Values is now available to view. These values will be used to assess rate bills from April 2015 onwards. Currently non domestic (business) rate bills are based on 2001 rental values. From April 2015 they will be...

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26

Nov

£100,000: The house price gap between south and west Belfast

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£100,000: The house price gap between south and west Belfast

There's more than a £100,000 price difference between the average house sale in south Belfast and west Belfast, a new quarterly report has revealed. Househunters can expect to pay in the region of £192,294 in the sought-after BT9 location in south Belfast, but just a few miles away in BT11, the average price drops to £87,622. The Craigavon/Armagh area was revealed as...

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26

Nov

Top of the tree

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Top of the tree

Whether you're going for real or just faking it, Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to bling up those Christmas tree branches in style. Once upon a time, the only stress involved in decorating the Christmas tree was unearthing the bauble collection, untangling the tinsel - and trying to stop the children ruining the effect with their cotton wool and toilet roll creations! That...

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19

Nov

Golden era for award-winning Ulster Property Sales

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Golden era for award-winning Ulster Property Sales

A Northern Ireland estate agency chain won a Gold award at a recent national property awards’ ceremony in London where it took the top honour as Regional Agency of the Year. The Negotiator Awards 2014, which were held at the Hilton Hotel earlier this month, had a record number of entries for the competition which recognises the UK’s top estate agents. The...

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18

Nov

Style to spare: Ideas for the extra bedrooms in your home

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Style to spare: Ideas for the extra bedrooms in your home

If you're expecting visitors over the festive season, Gabrielle Fagan reveals some smart and simple solutions for stylish spare rooms. There's nothing like an occasion to spur us into action and make us look afresh at decor. And with Christmas only weeks away, there's no more pressing task than the spare room. If there's a good reason why you keep the door...

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14

Nov

New development offers exclusive living

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New development offers exclusive living

A NEW level of luxury has been achieved in the very exclusive new Malone development of Broomhill Lane. Rubbing shoulders with some of the finest houses in the city, these exceptional homes designed by award-winning architect Des Ewing blend in perfectly in the leafy avenues of Belfast's most prestigious residential area. Today sees the release of the first three of only seven...

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13

Nov

Property: House prices are up in Northern Ireland, but growth is slowing

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Property: House prices are up in Northern Ireland, but growth is slowing

Northern Ireland's housing market is continuing to notch up the strongest price gains in the UK, property surveyors say. October saw prices increase here for the 17th month in a row, according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey of its members. However, the difference between those surveyors who say house prices have gone up...

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10

Nov

Planting tulip bulbs now is a bright idea

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Planting tulip bulbs now is a bright idea

Tulips are best put in the ground later than other spring bulbs, such as daffodils and crocus. You can plant up until Christmas, if the soil allows, and still expect a decent display. Early November is the perfect time, but Christopher Lloyd, who planted tulips by the hundred in his Great Dixter garden, sometimes confessed to planting forgotten bags of...

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10

Nov

Winter to-do list...time to finish all those Autumn tasks

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Winter to-do list...time to finish all those Autumn tasks

We may have had storms and rain, but while the ground's workable, gardeners should make the most of the time they have left to do the jobs which will give them a head start next year. Whether it's revamping your lawn, dividing perennials, trimming hedges, clearing weeds or preparing the greenhouse for winter, you should leave no stone unturned if you...

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5

Nov

Design duo with shared passion for furniture

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Design duo with shared passion for furniture

Belfast design duo Oscar&Oscar have turned heads creating some of the most stylish restaurants in Northern Ireland by focusing on using reclaimed materials with a history behind them. Orla Maguire and Martin Barrett - trained architects, and self-confessed furniture hoarders - have designed restaurants such as OX, Howard Street, Belfast bar Aether and Echo, and Harry's Shack on the Strand beach...

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