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11

Mar

Belfast's big building firms Lagan Construction Group and H&J Martin set to 'finalise merger'

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Belfast's big building firms Lagan Construction Group and H&J Martin set to 'finalise merger'

Two of Northern Ireland's biggest construction firms are soon set to finalise a merger following weeks of talks, it is understood. Lagan Construction Group and H&J Martin revealed back in December that they had entered into talks about a potential merger. But it's now understood the Belfast firms are in the closing stages of reaching a deal. Economist John Simpson said the expected...

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9

Mar

Wonder Walls

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Wonder Walls

A home isn't dressed without some artwork, whether family photos, prints or paintings. Gabrielle Fagan helps you to get the picture. It could be argued that we're all artists, snapping away with our mobiles and generally enjoying a more visual world, but all too often our 'work' ends up unseen. Photographs of family, friends and holidays are commonly left lingering on laptops...

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6

Mar

Commercial property picture a little brighter

Posted on 6th March 2015  |   Add a comment

The buzz which surrounded transactions in the retail sector in 2014 will be hard to replicate this year. But law firm Arthur Cox has said it believes there will be a surge of activity as the year progresses, despite a fairly quiet start in which Parker Green's refinancing of its Quays Shopping Centre loans has been the highlight. There have been a...

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6

Mar

Raise the Roof

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Raise the Roof

Sitting in a delightful beach front hamlet, Red Roofs Cottage is a property full of character where inside and out you will be wowed by what's on offer. The interior has been finished with top notch cottage charm with many quaint features which create a home oozing comfort and warmth. The idyllic location is right on the edge of Coney Island Bay. Old...

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4

Mar

Council's green light for £15m retail park in Holywood

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Council's green light for £15m retail park in Holywood

The Co Down town of Holywood is set to get a major new retail park, which is hoped will attract major international brands to the town. The £15m scheme called Front was granted planning permission by Ards and North Down Borough Council. Developer Robinson Family Ltd is looking to attract a high-profile anchor tenant, hoped to be a major supermarket. It's understood leading...

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3

Mar

Dive into the Blue

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Dive into the Blue

Can't wait for spring's blue skies? Get a head start indoors, with Gabrielle Fagan's bright, new azure-inspired buys for the new season... At this time of year, even a glimpse of bright, blue sky, with its promise of spring, lifts the spirits. But our unpredictable climate often teases, keeping us waiting for those elusive sunny horizons. Take heart, though, you can guarantee...

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2

Mar

Which Northern Ireland village is one of UK's most desirable places to live, according to Sunday Tim

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A tiny village with a population of just over 2,000 has been listed as one of the best places in the UK to live. The small Co Antrim village is known throughout Ireland for its successful Shamrocks hurling and camogie teams. The Sunday Times said of Loughguile: "On the fringes of the impossibly scenic Glens of Antrim, and close to the Giant's...

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26

Feb

Mortgage approvals for first-time buying couples soar in Northern Ireland

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Mortgage approvals for first-time buying couples soar in Northern Ireland

The number of people buying homes for the first time is at its highest level in almost 10 years in Northern Ireland, according to new figures. First-time buyers were advanced 7,500 loans in 2014, the highest level of borrowing in that bracket since 2006. It was an increase of 25% from 6,000 loans in 2013, and well over double first-time buyer activity...

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26

Feb

Kitchen Confidential

Posted on 26th February 2015  |   Add a comment

Kitchen Confidential

Gabrielle Fagan sources the finest ingredients to create the hub of the home. Kitchens are for eating, drinking and socialising, but the heart of the home also speaks volumes about our taste - as a glimpse into the kitchens of Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson recently revealed. While there's a homely, eclectic feel to the Downing Street...

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25

Feb

What do new stamp duty changes really mean for the average house buyer?

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What do new stamp duty changes really mean for the average house buyer?

An estimated £4.5bn less will be paid in stamp duty across the UK over the next six years as a result of Chancellor George Osborne’s sweeping reforms to stamp duty, a move that has been welcomed by buyers and sellers alike, as well as the property industry. Describing the current stamp duty arrangements as a “badly designed tax on aspiration”,...

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