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Jul

Carl Frampton's luxury home for sale because Christine wants to be close to family

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Carl Frampton's luxury home for sale because Christine wants to be close to family

World boxing champion Carl Frampton and his wife Christine are selling their palatial home in Banbridge 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 too remote for...

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27

Jul

Lit it Grow

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Lit it Grow

As the school holidays begin, Hannah Stephenson looks at some green-fingered fun for kids and chooses some accessories to help them along the way School's out for summer - but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden. Your outside space can be a...

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27

Jul

Inside tranquil new Lough Erne homes

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Inside tranquil new Lough Erne homes

Every once in a while something unique which manages to set new standards in modern living comes along and this week Home Finder has found it - Water's Edge in Fermanagh. This one-off new development on the shores of Lower Lough Erne at Castle Caldwell near Belleek offers a rare and privileged chance to live among the type of beauty which you would...

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16

Jul

LONG ESTABLISHED HOUSING FIRM FINDS NEW PARTNER FOR GROWTH

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LONG ESTABLISHED HOUSING FIRM FINDS NEW PARTNER FOR GROWTH

Local housing specialists WJ Law Contracts Ltd have announced their new structure this week having teamed up with new equity partners. The equity partners have invested in the WJ Law ethos and customers focused housing and bring both capital and other skills into the mix. WJ Law Contracts have been behind many of Northern Ireland’s most highly regarded housing schemes since...

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9

Jul

Bank alert over steep rise in buy-to-let properties

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Bank alert over steep rise in buy-to-let properties

The Bank of England is looking at ways to curb risks to financial stability that might be posed by the burgeoning buy-to-let market. Minutes of the Bank's Financial Policy Committee (FPC) meeting last month showed officials' concerns about the sector that accounted for 15% of outstanding mortgages and 20% of new home loan lending in the first quarter of this year. They...

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9

Jul

House prices in Northern Ireland forced up by lack of supply, say surveyors

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House prices in Northern Ireland forced up by lack of supply, say surveyors

House prices in Northern Ireland are being pushed up by a limited supply of homes coming on the market, new figures indicate. Prices in the region are rising at one of the fastest rates across the UK, according to the latest market survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank. The rate is established by asking surveyors in...

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8

Jul

Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

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Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

Commercial breeders have worked very hard to ruin the texture and taste of strawberries. They have not been so successful with raspberries. But shop-bought ones remain expensive, even when the fruit is coming into season, as it is now. So on that score alone, raspberries are worth growing at home. They are not, in themselves, ornamental fruit, but trained and...

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8

Jul

Darling Buds

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Darling Buds

It's been a bumper year for roses. Hannah Stephenson looks at how we can make the most of our roses and offers some tips on rose care during the summer. Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free conditions for growing. Varieties looking particularly stunning...

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6

Jul

A decade in business for John Minnis Estate Agents

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A decade in business for John Minnis Estate Agents

Leading Northern Ireland estate agency John Minnis Estate Agents is celebrating ten years in business this month. The company, which was founded in July 2005 in Holywood, now operates additional offices in Belfast and Donaghadee and has won numerous prestigious national awards for quality of service in both sales and residential lettings. Speaking at the recent Tall Ships celebration where the company...

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3

Jul

It's a Shore Thing

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It's a Shore Thing

This home is a haven of tranquility close to Belfast Lough, says Stephanie Bell This fine period family home  enjoys a great location on the main Shore Road at Greenisland, in a pleasant private residents' cul-de-sac where the new road network is due for completion this summer. A well-maintained home, it offers lots of charm and character with great family accommodation. The house also sits on...

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