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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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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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1

Jul

3D-printed Office Building Planned

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3D-printed Office Building Planned

The United Arab Emirates says the Gulf commercial hub of Dubai will soon add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings. Emirati minister of cabinet affairs Mohammed al-Gergawi said the project is part of a broader effort to embrace cutting-edge technology and make the Gulf state "a global hub for innovation and...

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30

Jun

Belfast office is to be 'incubator' for property agency

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Belfast office is to be 'incubator' for property agency

The Belfast office of UK commercial property agency Lambert Smith Hampton will be an incubator for its graduate academy. Those selected for the two-year programme will spend their first six months in LSH's Belfast office. Professor Jim Berry from Ulster University was joined by LSH director Keith Shiells and Tom Mervyn of Queen's University View this and more articles on the Belfast...

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25

Jun

Global Crescent: £13m housing scheme with 127 homes launched in south Belfast

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Global Crescent: £13m housing scheme with 127 homes launched in south Belfast

Global Crescent, a £13m ‘shared neighbourhood’ housing scheme with 127 homes, has been launched in south Belfast. Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen announced detailed plans for the Fold Housing Association development, which is close to the Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Road, with chief executive of Fold Housing Association John McLean. The first phase of the development of the rental homes will be complete...

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17

Jun

House prices surge by 9% in year but Northern Ireland property still UK's cheapest

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House prices surge by 9% in year but Northern Ireland property still UK's cheapest

House prices in Northern Ireland have soared by almost 9% in the last year, although they are still only worth around half of their 2007 values, official figures have revealed. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicated that house values remain 45.1% below their peak level eight years ago during the property boom. A surge of 8.8% in the year...

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11

Jun

House prices in Northern Ireland 'to be fastest rising in UK'

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House prices in Northern Ireland 'to be fastest rising in UK'

Northern Ireland house prices will rise faster than elsewhere in the UK over the coming months, industry experts have said. A 4% increase has been predicted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) because of a lack of available homes and a hike in the number of new buyer inquiries. The RICS and Ulster Bank residential market survey also said that...

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28

May

Northern Ireland market healthy despite drop in mortgages, says expert

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Northern Ireland market healthy despite drop in mortgages, says expert

Mortgages in Northern Ireland suffered a drop at the start of this year, new figures have shown. House loans fell by more than a third to 2,400 in the first three months of 2015, compared with the end of 2014. And year-on-year, the number of first-time buyer purchases dropped by 13% to 1,400, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The typical loan...

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