HOMES & FINANCE

UK Households Have Seen Income Growth Each Month For An Entire Year

The latest figures from Asda’s Income Tracker reveal that the average UK households have seen their disposable income grow each month for an entire year. Gross income for the average UK household grew by 10.1% and at £233 per week, was £21.50 a week higher in March 2024 than it was a year before. This […]

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90% Of Consumers Concerned About Rising Cost Of Basics

New research published by the Consumer Council shows 90% of consumers in Northern Ireland are concerned about the rising cost of basics. Basics refer to the everyday living essentials such as housing, energy, food, transport and telephone/mobile and broadband costs. The cost of home energy tops consumer concerns at 91%, followed by food and non-alcoholic

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Single Mothers Earn 53% Less Than The Average Man

New data reveals that the earnings of single mothers will significantly impact their ability to save enough into their pension pot for retirement Research by NOW: Pensions and the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) reveals that *single mothers earn 53% less than the ‘average’ man and 37% less than the ‘average’ woman Today, women retire on

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Simple DIY Jobs That Could Slash The Cost Of Your Attic Conversion

Introducing an extra bedroom into your property is a great way to add value, but it can also be a costly undertaking. Complete home extensions are especially expensive and can result in potentially months of work and disruption. By comparison, an attic extension can seem like a more tempting choice. After all, your attic’s foundations

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Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Homeowners are being warned of five cleaning products they should never mix to avoid creating harmful chemical reactions. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk are urging people to avoid recreating the cleaning techniques they see on TikTok as they can create toxic combinations. With many people sharing viral cleaning videos online, the experts are worried

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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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Here’s How Often You Should Replace These Household Items

From towels to bed sheets, households are being told how often they need to replace household items to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading throughout their home. Interior experts from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have revealed how often items such as shower curtains, sponges and toothbrushes need to be changed to avoid a germ infestation. When the durability of household

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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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Demand For NI Residential Property Rises At Fastest Rate In Two Years

New buyer demand for housing in Northern Ireland rose at the fastest rate since the beginning of 2022 according to the latest RICS and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey, and NI respondents are more optimistic than they were about the short-term sales outlook.  A net balance of 35% of NI respondents reported that new buyer

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84% Of NI Students Grapple With Unprecedented Financial Stress, NUS-USI Survey Finds

A new survey released by the national union for students in Northern Ireland, NUS-USI has shown 84% of students are worried about money with 22% worried all the time. The results, released today against the backdrop of the restored Northern Ireland Assembly, shed light on the impact of the cost of living on students, making

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Budget Energy Announces 9% Price Decrease On Variable Rates For Electricity

Budget Energy, Northern Ireland’s third largest electricity supplier, has announced a price decrease of 9% for their domestic electricity customers on variable rates. This decrease will be effective from 1 March 2024 and will see around £117 savings for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and around £114 savings for a typical

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Ulster Bank Backs New Affordable Homes With £70m Choice Housing Loan Deal

Choice Housing has agreed a new £70m loan with Ulster Bank that supports the landlord’s plans to invest in more than 875 affordable homes in Northern Ireland, it is announced today. Savills Financial Consultants helped Choice Housing agree the new 15-year arrangement. At present, the association is developing 947 new homes across 16 projects across

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New Hagan Homes £7.5million Scheme Brings 18 Premium New Homes To The Market Offering Unparalleled Views Of Belfast Lough

Hagan Homes has started construction on Water’s Edge, a new £7.5million development in the Greenisland area of Co Antrim. The 18-home project, across two apartment buildings, overlooks Belfast Lough and the North Down coast. Water’s Edge has already generated 45 jobs, injecting vitality into the local community during the construction phase. Completion is expected in

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Advice NI Urges Households To Seek Support As ‘Heat Or ‘Eat’ Conundrum Continues

Advice NI is encouraging households to seek financial advice and free themselves from the seemingly never-ending cycle of debt. Advice NI and its members dealt with an increasing number of personal debt cases in the last twelve months, managing over £4.3.4m of household debt in more than 8,066 agreements, signalling that there is often an

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SSE Airtricity Announces A 6.3% Price Decrease For electricity

SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest electricity supplier, has announced a price decrease of 6.3% for their electricity customers. This decrease will be effective from 1 March 2024 and will see around £79 savings for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and around £77 savings for a typical customer with a standard

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Five Ways To Use Coffee When Cleaning Your Home

Coffee grounds could be the secret product to achieving a clean and spotless home. Cleaning experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have revealed the five ways coffee can be used as a cleaning product. When mixed with water or oil, coffee will cover any scuffs and marks from wardrobes and other wooden furniture. Coffee can also be used as a

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15 DIY Jobs People Don’t Dare Attempt Themselves & The Ones They Frequently Mess Up

Shortages of skilled tradespeople in the UK are becoming more widespread – and a recent study of 1,092 UK homeowners by Markel Direct, the specialist insurer of tradespeople, has revealed the DIY jobs homeowners in the UK are happy to try their hand at, as well as the most common DIY disasters that resulted in having to

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What Is The Best Town/City In Northern Ireland To Buy A home In?

Bangor is the least affordable city in Northern Ireland to own a home in. Meanwhile, Lisburn offers the best work-life balance in the country. On a national level, five cathedral cities top the list of UK cities with the least disposable incomes after paying their basic bills and mortgage rates. Among bigger UK cities, Bath

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Groundhog Day: Advice NI Urges Households To Seek Support As ‘Heat Or ‘Eat’ Conundrum Continues

As Groundhog Day approaches, Advice NI is encouraging households to seek financial advice and free themselves from the seemingly never-ending cycle of debt. Taking place on February 2, the leading debt charity emphasises the first step is to seek support and is urging individuals to break free from a ‘Groundhog Day’ situation – known to

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4 Things to Consider Before Kickstarting Your Home Renovations

When you have grand plans to undertake renovations in your home everything starts to get real very quickly. Suddenly, your dreams and designs on paper start to manifest into reality, and it can feel quite overwhelming. Before everything starts to flow, you need to make some serious considerations and be prepared in numerous ways. Whether

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Smart Budgeting: 12 Top Tips To Achieve Financial Success At Home

Navigating the complexities of personal finance can be challenging, but the cornerstone of financial success is effective budgeting.  Smart budgeting isn’t just about tracking expenses; it’s a comprehensive approach to managing your money wisely.  Here are ten key strategies to guide you towards financial stability and growth: Understand Your Income and Expenses Begin with a

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Home Maintenance Checklist: Top Tips for a Healthy Home This Year

Keeping your home in top condition requires year-round attention, with each season bringing its unique maintenance needs.  Staying ahead of these tasks not only ensures a comfortable living environment but also protects your home’s long-term value.  Here’s a detailed guide to maintaining your home this year: Spring: A Time for Renewal and Preparation As nature

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Millions Of Workers Considering Second Job Due To Rising Costs & High Interest Rates

Recruitment and Employment Technology Company, CareerWallet recently published an extensive workplace survey to give a true overview of working life globally and how the jobs market is being impacted by economic factors including rising costs of goods and interest rates. The report has highlighted that as employees are continuing to be impacted by the cost-of-living crisis more than

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A Guide To Building A Steel-Frame House

More people are opting for metal buildings, using materials like steel, to create their dream homes. That is because these options are beautiful, durable, and cost-effective, making them great alternatives to wood and other materials. Research also shows that steel properties come with fewer maintenance expenses, optimal square footage, and customizable floor plans. Another key

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Key Considerations Before Extending Your Home

Have you noticed houses seem to have gotten smaller? New-build houses are especially criticised for their tiny proportions. On top of this, house prices have become increasingly unaffordable. This means that many people are stuck living in houses that just aren’t big enough for their needs. It’s especially annoying if you’ve got a family to

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