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Nov

Georgian Downton pile in Antrim yours for £300k

Posted on 4th November 2015  |   Add a comment

Georgian Downton pile in Antrim yours for £300k

Have you ever fancied owning your own Downton Abbey-style stately home? Well, now's your chance, because one of Northern Ireland's finest Georgian country residences is up for sale. It's one of 59 properties and land worth £5 million which are due to go under the hammer at Belfast's Europa Hotel later this month. Both tenanted and vacant properties in Northern Ireland are included...

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Oct

No vacancy signs go up in Belfast apartment land

Posted on 28th October 2015  |   Add a comment

No vacancy signs go up in Belfast apartment land

Demand is outstripping supply in the rental market in Belfast with many central apartment blocks fully occupied, it's been claimed. Estate agents in the city said the market was buoyant, as analysis by Propertynews.com, Ulster University and the Housing Executive found there was "high demand" for private rental properties across Northern Ireland. Out of 11,433 rental transactions in the Province over the...

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Oct

New home starts are up by 10% in last year

Posted on 28th October 2015  |   Add a comment

The numbers of new home starts in Northern Ireland have increased by 10% since last year, according to statistics. The housing bulletin for April to June this year - published by the Department for Social Development (DSD) - said foundations had been laid for 1,828 new homes during the quarter, up 10%. However, the number of new-build houses which were finished in...

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Oct

Botanic Inns pubs finally up for grabs

Posted on 27th October 2015  |   Add a comment

Botanic Inns pubs finally up for grabs

Three of Belfast's best known pubs have finally gone on the market. The Botanic Inn on Malone Road, the King's Head on the Lisburn Road and Botanic Avenue's Madison's bar and hotel are now being advertised for sale. It comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed the bars, once owned by collapsed bar chain Botanic Inns, were soon to go on the market. They...

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Oct

Northern Ireland's booming market puts us streets ahead of our UK rivals

Posted on 27th October 2015  |   Add a comment

Northern Ireland's booming market puts us streets ahead of our UK rivals

Northern Ireland’s commercial property market currently has major competitive advantages compared to the rest of the UK  - and investor interest is set to continue, CBRE has said. Brian Lavery, head of CBRE in Belfast, told an investment conference in London that the location’s advantages were encouraging institutional and private equity firms to look for opportunities in the region. New investors include...

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27

Oct

Record low rates keep approvals on upward trend

Posted on 27th October 2015  |   Add a comment

Record low rates keep approvals on upward trend

Mortgage borrowing jumped to £12.1bn last month as homebuyers continue to take advantage of record low interest rates, a report has said. The British Bankers' Association (BBA) said gross mortgage borrowing leapt by 17% in September compared to a year ago, as the UK's 0.5% interest rates look set to remain into 2017. But the report also unexpectedly showed that, on a...

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Oct

Retailers say review of rates must lead to a fairer system

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Retailers say review of rates must lead to a fairer system

A review of business rates in Northern Ireland is a "significant" move for bringing fairness to retailers and other businesses, it's been claimed. The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) yesterday launched a long-awaited consultation on rates - one week after former Dragons' Den judge Theo Paphitis cited the rates system as one of the factors making it tough to do...

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Oct

Former council offices on the market for £500,000

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Former council offices on the market for £500,000

Former council offices within the Hillsborough village conservation area have gone on the market for £500,000. There had initially been plans to turn the building - located in the heart of the village - into apartments. The offices were formerly used by by Lisburn City Council. That council was merged with Castlereagh as part of the reform of Northern Ireland's local government structures...

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Oct

We measure ourselves against the best in UK

Posted on 22nd October 2015  |   Add a comment

We measure ourselves against the best in UK

Few companies are better placed to understand the challenges facing those who work in the property market than Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors - proud sponsor of the Deal of the Year category in the Belfast Telegraph 2015 Property Awards in association with propertynews.com. Out of 500 firms of solicitors in Northern Ireland, when it comes to property matters, Wilson Nesbitt, which has...

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Oct

Planning permission granted for £30m Belfast Grand Central Hotel

Posted on 22nd October 2015  |   Add a comment

Planning permission granted for £30m Belfast Grand Central Hotel

Planning permission has been granted to convert one of Belfast’s tallest buildings into the four-star luxury Grand Central Hotel. Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee last night approved the application from Hastings Hotel Group for the refurbishment and extension of Windsor House in Bedford Street into a 200-bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar facilities. The Belfast Grand Central Hotel will also include 16...

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