Category: Buying and Selling tips

25th June 2015
Mortgage approvals at 14-month high as banks say market ‘buoyant’

Mortgage approvals at 14-month high as banks say market ‘buoyant’

The number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers jumped to a 14-month high in May, as the property market remained “buoyant”, banks have reported. Some 42,530 mortgages with a total value of £7bn were approved for house purchase last month, marking the highest number since March 2014, figures from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) show. Borrowing using credit […]
22nd June 2015
One in three mortgages to end after the age of 65

One in three mortgages to end after the age of 65

More than one in three new mortgages being taken out today will extend beyond the borrower’s 65th birthday, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said. Lengthening mortgage terms and the older age at which people are managing to climb on to the property ladder mean that nearly 35% of new home loans are not […]
2nd December 2014
Property of the week – 138 Bangor Road, Holywood

Property of the week – 138 Bangor Road, Holywood

Football legend George Best took inspiration from the unique architectural design of this posh pad in Holywood for the design of his home in Manchester. The football legend was a frequent visitor to the house on the Bangor Road where he spent leisurely hours playing snooker in the games room. The house also featured in […]
23rd October 2013
Buying in Northern Ireland?

Buying in Northern Ireland?

Buying in Northern Ireland has not been high up the list of priorities for international property investors. But that seems to be changing as we begin to see an increase in people from abroad – usually the US, Canada and other English-speaking nations –  purchasing houses in the province. One happy buyer in Northern Ireland […]
7th October 2013
Advice on selling a property in Northern Ireland

Advice on selling a property in Northern Ireland

House prices in Northern Ireland are finally turning upwards. Values are up by nearly two per cent in the last year, but they remain well short of historic highs. Tom McClelland, RICS Northern Ireland housing spokesman, believes the market remains on course for a “general improvement” over the year as a whole. If you are […]
26th September 2013
Scutching Mill has been turned into a delightful property

Scutching Mill has been turned into a delightful property

Click here to find out more about this property This delightful property was originally a Scutching Mill part of the Irish Linen Industry of the 19th Century. The mill has been transformed into a beautiful family home with today’s modern facilities yet still retaining many original features including stonework and feature beams. On entering the […]
24th September 2013
Last remaining Grade II Listed apartments in E. Belfast 55+ Complex

Last remaining Grade II Listed apartments in E. Belfast 55+ Complex

Sitting proudly on the Sandown Road in Belfast, the Sandown Manor over 55s complex has become one of Belfast’s most popular new developments.  Now in the final phase of completion, there are only four apartments currently for sale.  In the Grade B II listed Manor House, the remaining two bedroom apartment is a stunning duplex.  […]
19th August 2013
Why a three-bedroom semi has become the new des res

Why a three-bedroom semi has become the new des res

Wanted: Three-bedroom semi-detached houses. Belfast estate agency, Hampton Estates, is actively advertising for owners of traditional three-bedroom semis to sell up. The family homes were one of the most popular type of properties changing hands at the height of the economic boom. But thousands of owners are now trapped in negative equity and unable to […]