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20th June 2011
Encouraging Signs in Northern Ireland Housing Market

Encouraging Signs in Northern Ireland Housing Market

The latest Housing Survey report from the University of Ulster, in partnership with Bank of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, provides both confirmation that conditions in the local housing market remained very challenging in the three months to the end of March 09 while also carrying the hint and expectation of more positive […]
20th June 2011
Confidence Returns to Housing Market

Confidence Returns to Housing Market

Northern Ireland housing experts say confidence is slowly returning to the market with more sales this month, it has been revealed. Local estate agents agree with findings from Britain that house sales are on the up following a buoyant month. Keith Mitchell, partner/director at Templeton Robinson, said the market is returning to normal after the […]
20th June 2011
Energy certificate spot checks planned

Energy certificate spot checks planned

Northern Ireland householders selling their home without an Energy Performance Certificate when government officials visit next week will face fines of up to £1,000, it was revealed yesterday. The Department of Finance and Personnel will be carrying out a series of spot checks at properties being marketed for sale or rent in a bid to […]
20th June 2011
House prices increase by 1.9%

House prices increase by 1.9%

Halifax announce 1.9% increase in house prices. This is the first increase in house prices in ten months, putting the average UK house price at just over £163,000 – more than £4,000 higher than at the end of December. However, the annual rate of change, measured by comparing the average for the latest three months […]
20th June 2011
30% Fall in property values – Is it all bad news?

30% Fall in property values – Is it all bad news?

Surprising as it may seem – no! Prices rose phenomenally in 2006 and the first half of 2007 in some cases by as much as 80%, it is reported. The reductions since August 2007 have been well chronicled and as the headlines state, by as much as 30%. But simple mathematics show property is still […]
20th June 2011
Dept Of Finance and Personnel Issue Fines Warning to Home Sellers

Dept Of Finance and Personnel Issue Fines Warning to Home Sellers

Six weeks after the deadline for the requirement of home sellers to have an Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendation report in place, the Dept of Finance and Personnel have written to Northern Ireland Estate Agents enclosing a letter to their clients to remind them of their legal responsibility to have an EPC and Report in place at […]
20th June 2011
Record level of choice makes it an Opportune time for home buyers says top agent

Record level of choice makes it an Opportune time for home buyers says top agent

Northern Ireland homeowners could save tens of thousands of pounds by upsizing, a leading residential estate agent claimed today.Keith Mitchell, Partner with Templeton Robinson, said the current reductions in house prices across all levels presented ‘real opportunities’ for those considering upgrading their homes. "Year on year we estimate someone moving from a house which would […]