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19th August 2011
New Chairman of RICS

New Chairman of RICS

Michael Hannaway, left, is pictured with outgoing RICS NI chairman, Professor Alastair Adair. Looking on is RICS Northern Ireland Director, Ben Collins, centre. Skills of surveyors will create conditions for recovery NEW CHAIRMAN OF RICS NI APPOINTED The skills of chartered surveyors are more important to the local economy than ever before, according to the […]
22nd June 2011
NI Rates Revaluation postponed until 2015

NI Rates Revaluation postponed until 2015

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson today announced his decision not to proceed with the revaluation of non domestic properties, planned for April 2011. Speaking about his decision, the Minister said: “I announced last year that I was postponing the revaluation of non domestic properties until 2011. I had taken this decision in light of the instability […]
22nd June 2011
Prime city office space is snapped up

Prime city office space is snapped up

  The building has 22,000 sq ft of office accommodation A Seven storey building in Belfast city centre has been let in one of the biggest office deals in recent times.  Osborne King, a commercial property consultant in Belfast, negotiated the deal for 20 Adelaide Street on behalf of their clients Farrelly and Mitchell, a […]
22nd June 2011
Phased corporation tax cut ‘best option’ for Northern Ireland

Phased corporation tax cut ‘best option’ for Northern Ireland

The Secretary of State has said a phased reduction in Northern Ireland’s corporation tax would be “sensible”.  Owen Paterson said reducing the rate gradually over time would benefit the local economy, even if it meant millions of pounds were lost from Northern Ireland’s block grant from Westminster.  “I think the sensible way to do this […]
21st June 2011
Tree Management and Preservation

Tree Management and Preservation

Trees make an important contribution to the environment, creating a varied, interesting and attractive landscape. Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) The Planning Service is responsible for making and enforcing Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). TPOs may be used to protect trees, groups of trees or woodlands, which add to the character and appearance of an area. Why […]
21st June 2011
Property Ladder: Housing plan boost

Property Ladder: Housing plan boost

Housing experts have welcomed the government’s announcement this week to release unused public land to builders for development on a ‘buy now, pay later’ basis. The Public Expenditure Committee, a Cabinet Committee chaired by Francis Maude, will go through each department’s plans to make sure every possible site is made available for housebuilding. Alongside this, […]
20th June 2011
Belvoir Lettings Report Bright Start to 2011

Belvoir Lettings Report Bright Start to 2011

Belvoir Lettings have just published a report reviewing activity from their South & East Belfast offices in the first quarter of 2011. The offices deal mainly with rental property in their respective areas, and within Belfast City Centre. 2011 has seen a bright start with the volume of properties rising compared to Q4 2010 and […]
20th June 2011
Officially The Best Estate Agent In Northern Ireland

Officially The Best Estate Agent In Northern Ireland

Many estate agents claim to be the best in the field but Pinkerton Murray are the best as voted for by those who really matter, the public. Pinkerton Murray constantly strive to provide a service that exceeds all of their clients’ expectations, and last Friday their hard work was rewarded when they were honoured with […]