PROPERTY

RICS Launches Consultation On The Valuation Of Pubs And Other Licensed Leisure Premises

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a consultation on the valuation of licensed premises, including public houses, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Property valuation, particularly for properties hosting active businesses, can be complex. RICS is committed to producing accurate professional standards that aid clarity for professionals and non-professionals alike. This consultation, initially delayed […]

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Glandore Expand Belfast Office Offering With New Sustainable Workspace

Family-owned flexible office space provider, Glandore, has announced the expansion of its second location in Belfast City Centre, as it sustainably renovates the ground and first floor of Arthur Place, making it the occupier of the entire building totalling 15,066 sq ft of workspace. Signalling the company’s confidence in the Belfast market, Glandore has commenced

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Rural business park announces phase three of major retail development

Clonoe Village Business Park to expand with Ulster Bank support. A business park in rural County Tyrone that has become a thriving hub for entrepreneurs and small business owners has announced plans for the development of its third phase as part of a six-figure investment supported by Ulster Bank. Plasterer-turned-property developer Patrick Hughes began the

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Communities Minister Raises The Property Value Limit For Co-Ownership

Department for Communities has announced an increase in the property value limit for applications to Co-Ownership from £190,000 to £195,000, in a move that will support more people into home ownership. Minister Lyons said, “As Minister with responsibility for housing, I am committed to helping more people and families as they seek to access home

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£42m Carrickfergus Regeneration Takes Leap Forward With McAdam Design Appointment

Plans to transform the historic town of Carrickfergus have taken a significant step forward with the appointment of leading design, architectural and engineering specialists McAdam Design to help deliver the £42m Belfast Region City Deal project. The initiative will regenerate, reposition, and rebrand Carrickfergus, firmly placing the town on the map as an authentic, heritage-led,

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AIB (NI) Cuts Fixed Mortgage Rates By Up To 0.90%

AIB (NI) is cutting interest rates across its 2 Year and 5 Year Fixed Mortgages, with reductions of up to 0.90%, supporting those aiming to get on the property ladder, investing in energy efficient properties and homeowners looking to move home, or lock in a new rate. On a 2 Year Fixed Rate, customers can benefit from a

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5 Ways To Add Value To Your Home

Homeowners renovating their house are being told that extra storage space and an open plan design could add value to their property. The interior experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have shared five ways to add value to homes and make them more desirable. When renovating a home it’s important to consider design choices that will boost the overall valuation

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Choice Tenant Support Fund Gains Acclaim At UK Affordable Housing Awards

A fund which supported 2,000 social housing tenants dealing with financial hardship across Northern Ireland has been commended at this year’s UK Affordable Housing Awards. Choice Housing’s Tenant Support Fund allocated a total of £750,000 over a two-year period to support individuals and families by focusing on household and fuel payment support schemes. The UK

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NI Housing Outlook Improves For The Year Ahead As Mortgage Rate Cuts Continue

Northern Ireland’s housing market continues to outperform all other UK regions, and local surveyors are more optimistic about the year ahead than their counterparts across the water. That’s according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey, which compares surveyors’ views on the housing market across the UK

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Lawlor Elected 35th President of Irish Planning Institute

The Irish Planning Institute (IPI), the all-island professional membership organisation for spatial planners, has elected Gavin Lawlor MIPI as its new President for 2024-2025. A Director at Tom Phillips + Associates, Gavin will lead 1,000 professional planners across Ireland, as the Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2025. Brian McCarthy MIPI, Senior Planner with Clare County Council, has

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Farrans Awarded Contract For Inspired Villages £45m Phase 1 Sonning Common Retirement Community

Building and civil engineering contractor, Farrans Construction, has been appointed by Inspired Villages to begin construction of a £45m retirement community in Sonning Common, South Oxfordshire. Farrans’ first phase of works will include 73 high-quality, bespoke homes for over 65s and a state-of-the-art wellness suite within the village centre. The Sonning Common scheme, once delivered

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Great Expectations Project Aims To Restore Great Victoria Street

A determined regeneration effort is now underway to restore Southern Great Victoria Street and Shaftesbury Square. Partners Linen Quarter Business Improvement District (LQ BID), Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities have come together with the private sector to help revive the Golden Mile – once the city’s most bustling and vibrant stretch. Billed

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More Than 1/5 Of Homeowners Have Been The Victim Of A Rogue Trade Says Research

More Than 1/5 Of Homeowners Have Been The Victim Of A Rogue Trade Says Research A poll of 2,000 adults on the property ladder found people from Newcastle, London and Sheffield are most likely to have fallen victim to a tradesperson scam. However, 23% confessed they’re still likely to choose the cheapest tradesperson on offer

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Dublin Road Upgrade: Linen Quarter BID Unveils A Transformed Bankmore Square

Bankmore Square has officially reopened following a rejuvenation project delivered by Linen Quarter Business Improvement District (LQ BID) with support from the Department for Communities (DfC). Adjacent to Trademarket on Dublin Road, the square has been reimagined with a £95,000 investment and will be managed by LQ BID. The lease is currently in place until

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Ulster Bank Provides £20m Facility To Habinteg For New Social Housing

Habinteg Housing Association (Ulster) has secured an additional £20m funding facility from Ulster Bank to support its plans to deliver new homes across Belfast and the North West. With Ulster Bank support, the association has committed to further investment in a range of new social housing led projects across the North West and Belfast, including

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Antrim Housing Development with Convertible Garages And Sought-After Bungalows Gets Green Light

Simpson Developments has gone live on its Chichester Park housing scheme in Antrim town centre following planning approval. The development, which is made up of a selection of bungalows, semi detached and detached houses as well as apartments is unique in that it is one of few developments here to add the much sought-after bungalow

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‘Topping Out’ Ceremony Marks Major Progress Of New Vita Student Residence

Delegates from urban regeneration specialist Vita Group and developer MRP gathered to celebrate the official topping out of Vita Student’s latest residence, a significant milestone in the building’s construction. With the structure complete by Design & Build Contractor, McAleer & Rushe, interior work can be carried out at pace to ensure that the impressive new purpose-built student

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Property Panel To Take To The ‘Main Stage’ At Limelight

AIB has brought together a leading panel of property and industry experts to provide local homebuyers with top tips, insights and guidance as they get ready to purchase their first home. Hosted by Q Radio breakfast presenter Declan Wilson, AIB’s ‘Your Home’ event will take place at the Limelight, Belfast on Wednesday 26th April from 6pm.  Free to

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Sensible Things to Check Before Buying Your Dream Home

Buying your dream home is a big decision that requires careful consideration and due diligence on your part. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of finding your perfect home, it’s important to take a step back and make sure that you’re making an informed decision.  That being the case let’s take

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County Antrim Cottages Awarded Four-Stars by Tourism NI

Limepark Cottages in Armoy, County Antrim, have been awarded four stars by Tourism NI.  Situated near Ballymoney the cottages are ideal for exploring the picturesque views of the north coast and beautiful Glens of Antrim. Each of the self-catering cottages has been refurbished in an individual style while retaining their original historic features. The cottages

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Time Is Running Out To Share Your Views On Proposed Cathedral Gardens Plans

Time is running out for people in the Cathedral Quarter to give their thoughts and views on major redevelopment plans for Belfast’s Cathedral Gardens. Ending on 23rd May, Belfast City Council are seeking your say on the ongoing plans for the transformation of Cathedral Gardens, also known as Buoys Park, into “a world class public

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Firmus Energy 37% Gas Increase in the Greater Belfast Network

Firmus energy announced on 5 April 2022 an increase of 37% effective from 3 May 2022 for gas customers in the Belfast area. This news will impact approximately 47,000 domestic customers in Belfast and means the annual gas bill of a typical household with a credit meter will rise by about £330 per year. Those

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New Property Information Hub Set To Launch In Northern Ireland

A new platform for businesses in the property sector is set to launch at the end of this year.  Northern Ireland’s first online resource of its kind, the NI Property Hub, will help bring business together under one roof to showcase the products and services they supply to the property sector. Founders Heather Macartney and

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Over A Third Of First-Time Buyers Struggle To Raise Funds To Get On Property Ladder

New CreditLadder and Equifax research finds that new 5% deposit scheme could be the key to the door for 33% of first-time buyers. As the average first-time buyers’ deposit[1] reaches nearly £59,000, £12,000 more than a year ago, new research[2] conducted by CreditLadder and Equifax found lack of savings for a deposit is preventing over a third

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Renting & Housemates: What Are Your Biggest Gripes?

Leaving lights on, putting recycling in general waste, and leaving clothes in the washing machine are among the biggest gripes for the UK’s rental households, research has revealed. A survey of 2,000 private renters found they have an average of two fallings out per week with those they live with. These issues have been intensified

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NI Takeaway Association Calls For End To 11pm Delivery Restriction

The Northern Ireland Takeaway Association today (October 21) warned that the sector is facing devastation unless current restrictions preventing deliveries after 11pm are ended immediately. Under the recent legislative restrictions delivery services must end by 11pm, resulting in losses, redundancies and potentially businesses being forced to close permanently. A survey of members revealed that thousands

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Property Prices In Northern Ireland Are Above Average With Royal Title

You may or may not be a fan of the Royal family, but if you live in a street with the name of a member of the House of Windsor you could see the value of your property well above average in Northern Ireland. According to research by OnlineMortgageAdvisor.co.uk those living on royal-related streets have

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New Boutique Hotel The Harrison Chambers of Distinction Opens This Week In Belfast

Having historically hosted scoundrels and scholars since 1879, this bohemian bolthole will appeal to the culturally curious traveller and those looking to add a little more sass to their staycation. The Harrison Chambers of Distinction, inhabits two lovingly restored landmark Victorian merchants’ residences right in the heart of Belfast’s theatre and museum quarter.  Owner and Belfast

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YMCA Opens The Doors Of Newcastle Residential Facilities For Family Staycations

For the first time ever the YMCA’s extensive Greenhill residential facilities in Newcastle, County Down will be available to the general public to book. Prior to the Covid 19 outbreak, the national YMCA centre was only available to YMCA young people and community groups. But due to the restrictions on school and youth group residentials,

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Council progressing plans to shine a light on city’s historic entries

Seven of Belfast’s historic entries are getting a makeover as part of Belfast City Council’s regeneration plans, with ambitions to upgrade more in the future. Work is underway to transform Castle Arcade, Crown Entry, Wilson’s Court, Joy’s Entry, Pottinger’s Entry, Cole’s Alley and Winecellar Entry. Along with general repair works and repainting, there are also

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First-Time Buyers Property Market In Northern Ireland Looking Good In The Face of Brexit

As the Government and the opposition parties duke it out in parliament over the Brexit deal, Britain is going nervously about its daily business, each day wondering how and when it’s all going to end — and how it will affect them. Business owners ask how it will affect their business, everyday workers ask how

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1A Richmond Park, Belfast

Sumptuous Family Home Or Investment Opportunity

A spectacular six-bedroom property in Stranmillis is now on the market that is guaranteed to be a sumptuous family home or an attractive investment opportunity. Including a separate apartment on-site, 1A Richmond Park, Belfast has luxury and practicality. The BT9 property, which is priced at offers over £550,000, oozes with opulent finishes throughout, including a

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Historic Tyrone Property Hits The Market Following Extensive Restoration

The magnificent Erganagh Estate in Omagh, Co Tyrone is now for sale. The house, listed with Mayers Real Estate, is located at the Foothills of the Sperrins, sits in eight acres of land and comes with a gate lodge, gardener’s cottage, and outbuildings as part of the sale. Spread over three floors comprising 7,500 sq

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