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Latest news, opinions and analysis in the Northern Ireland property market

8th January 2015
Commercial property sales making a return to form

Commercial property sales making a return to form

Up to £300m in investment property assets are on the verge of sale in Northern Ireland as the sector marked a return to form in 2014. According to agents Savills in Northern Ireland, there were £500m in investment property deals in the region in 2014 – a figure which does not include loan sales by […]
17th December 2014
Northern Ireland house prices lowest in UK

Northern Ireland house prices lowest in UK

Property values in Northern Ireland increased by 4.9% in the year to October – though the stratospheric growth elsewhere means the region still has the UK’s lowest-price homes. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed Northern Ireland joined Scotland with the joint lowest rate of house price growthfor the 12-month period. England was storming […]
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 […]
1st December 2014
Hong Kong investors back Bangor property development

Hong Kong investors back Bangor property development

Money from Hong Kong has been secured to finance a new £3m apartment development in Bangor – ushering in an era of living for the busy commuter town more familiar to Belfast househunters. Urban Property Solutions has this week started construction of 27 apartments at Dufferin Avenue, just metres from the town’s train station and […]
27th November 2014
Draft Non Domestic Valuation List – Net Annual Values

Draft Non Domestic Valuation List – Net Annual Values

Land & Property Services (LPS) has completed the revaluation of all non-domestic properties in Northern Ireland for rates purposes. A Schedule of Draft Rateable Values is now available to view. These values will be used to assess rate bills from April 2015 onwards. Currently non domestic (business) rate bills are based on 2001 rental values. […]
26th November 2014
£100,000: The house price gap between south and west Belfast

£100,000: The house price gap between south and west Belfast

There’s more than a £100,000 price difference between the average house sale in south Belfast and west Belfast, a new quarterly report has revealed. Househunters can expect to pay in the region of £192,294 in the sought-after BT9 location in south Belfast, but just a few miles away in BT11, the average price drops to […]
26th November 2014
Top of the tree

Top of the tree

Whether you’re going for real or just faking it, Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to bling up those Christmas tree branches in style. Once upon a time, the only stress involved in decorating the Christmas tree was unearthing the bauble collection, untangling the tinsel – and trying to stop the children ruining the effect with their […]