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Aug

Listed for posterity, 19 gems of Belfast cityscape

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Listed for posterity, 19 gems of Belfast cityscape

Buildings across Belfast have been protected as landmarks for generations to come after they were added to the listed buildings register yesterday. Nineteen buildings will be protected as structures of special architectural or historical interest, joining the Lanyon Building at Queen's University and the Grand Opera House. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "The listing of these buildings is a welcome boost...

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27

Aug

Mortgage lending down 9% but confidence is still high

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Mortgage lending down 9% but confidence is still high

Northern Ireland mortgage lending was down 9% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). Mortgage deals were up 11% to 3,000 during the second quarter of the year compared to the first three months of 2015. The CML said that was due to the usual...

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27

Aug

Why buying houses is just like Monopoly... there are winners and losers

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Why buying houses is just like Monopoly... there are winners and losers

After the boom came the shocking crash. As house prices start to rise again, Stephanie Bell talks to three people who have startling tales to tell about how the property market impacted on their lives. News this week that house prices in Northern Ireland have risen by up to 9% in the first half of the year is a welcome break...

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27

Aug

Featured Property: Tradition mixed with the unexpected at Finaghy Road South

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Featured Property: Tradition mixed with the unexpected at Finaghy Road South

Expect the unexpected when you step through the door of this traditional-looking detached home in Belfast. Inside, the mother of all makeovers has transformed what was once a fairly modest house into a high-end designer haven with style stamped all over it. This property is a superb example of how, with the right amount of vision and talent, the most ordinary of...

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27

Aug

Featured Property: Pioneering Style

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Featured Property: Pioneering Style

Wow! This designer Holywood home is pure class inside and out. Its sharp design, luxury features and sleek styling has made it a home which is very 21st century. Even the approach at the front with its no fuss grey brick driveway is all about clean lines and a distinct design which is consistent throughout. The cool interior showcases creativity in what is...

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27

Aug

New hotel planned for Belfast city centre: 17-bedroom hotel on Bank Square next to Mourne Seafood

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New hotel planned for Belfast city centre: 17-bedroom hotel on Bank Square next to Mourne Seafood

A NEW four-storey hotel in Belfast city centre will become the latest addition to the city's burgeoning number of places to stay. The hotel at Bank Square will see millions ploughed into the four-floor 'boutique' development, boasting 17 rooms and a ground floor restaurant. MM Developments is the team behind the build. Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said the new plans – which...

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27

Aug

Huge Ballyclare site reportedly bought for £55m now up for grabs again

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Huge Ballyclare site reportedly bought for £55m now up for grabs again

One of the biggest residential land portfolios to go on the market here in the past decade - which could play host to 1,800 homes - is now up for grabs. The huge 165-acre site just outside Ballyclare in Co Antrim - which was reportedly bought for £55m - is now on the market for formal tender. The site currently has outline...

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21

Aug

Featured Property - Cottage Industry

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Featured Property - Cottage Industry

A RARE opportunity to buy a stunning country house set in seven acres with three upmarket holiday cottages is on offer with the sale of Whitethorn House.Set in seven acres this unique sale also includes a range of outbuildings and a yard, plus extension gardens and a large detached garage big enough to be converted to another dwelling.Whitethorne House is...

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21

Aug

Featured Property - Seeing the Light

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Featured Property - Seeing the Light

This exclusive home nestles among beautiful mature gardens in a private setting overlooking Royal Belfast Golf Club. The style of the property is contemporary with Georgian references and the house has been centrally sited to make the best use of the lush private grounds which extend to an acre with pretty terraces close to the house overlooking immaculate rolling lawns. The price...

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20

Aug

Business property investments to top £300m during year

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Business property investments to top £300m during year

Commercial property investments in Northern Ireland are expected to top £300m this year, a major agency predicted. Lisney said transaction volume so far this year had exceeded expectations, with operators like Cerberus - which bought the entire Nama portfolio in the province - starting to sell on its acquisitions. And Lisney said a plan by an investor in community shopping centres to...

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