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Ausdave

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  1. Not sure, I was pretty sure it had gone SA in 12. - May however have fallen through given the state of lending at that time. I did remember seeing the other semi for sale at a later date.
  2. Unbelievable on so many levels.
  3. I know, short memories... It was over 6yrs however - most prob been Sept 11 as the weather was great! Remember watching the Iceberg youtube video and just laughing to myself.
  4. Des and his group did own the other two houses. The initial plan for the 'iceberg' development was for 6 semi detached properties. The other two properties were disposed of after the astronomic prices of the first two were serially reduced. We viewed 47a many years ago when it was still for sale but reduced to a 'less silly' price. Wasn't that impressed.
  5. Still a buck to be made in South Belfast for the developers. From £297,500 http://www.simonbrien.com/properties/buying/ECS36305/84-balmoral-avenue-bt9-6ny-ecs36305/?min_price=100&max_price=500000 to £695,000 https://www.propertynews.com/Property/Belfast/ECSECS45113/84-Balmoral-Avenue/
  6. South Belfast is considered a desirable area and will always seem to command a premium, whether deserved or not. Knightsbridge is a stones throw from Stranmillis and will have almost guaranteed admission. To be honest if you'd bought in 12/13 people would have thought you were crazy or an EA talking up the market. There seems to be buyer optimism from somewhere at the minute that is leading to optimistic pricing - but places seem to be selling. I think in the next two years the economic reality of Brexit will see a cooling of the market and some price correction. Just my opinion though.
  7. Would you keep us all posted if this pans out as you've planned. Hope for your sake it does.
  8. Two properties you've listed just illustrate what you've said you didn't like about Stranmillis. One is a HMO and the other is a family home. Both on the same street. Very few areas in the South and East that don't have either flats or houses to rent alongside established family homes. BT7 wise Stay above bridge. Rosetta good.
  9. TR website still has the current offer feature as of this evening... It is removed however as soon as S.A. Maybe fewer properties are under offer.
  10. Kings Hall New Builds? - Harberton already listed with Brien from 495 - 725. 13 out of 19 already sale agreed. May indicate that there is unfilled demand in the area and healthy demand?
  11. http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/177934-bt9/
  12. Yes, good rates but disadvantage of FRD is that it all operates from one account - whilst other providers will allow you to link several of their accounts. This could be more advantageous to someone such as ravedave who has savings and will want to maximise the longer term tax free benefits of these accounts.
  13. I can personally recommend an Offset, First rate direct or Barclays seem quite good - Barclays currently offering 1.99% +BBR lifetime. You can link up to 7 accounts with some banks, ISAs, saving accounts etc so as your capital repayment amount comes down you can delink accounts and keep the tax free savings allowance.
  14. Have you ever considered buying with an offset mortgage? Lifetime rates are as low as 2.29% on these now. That way you can still hold your cash and ISAs and stock ISAs and offset interest and have access to your funds if required. I agree with getdoon_weebobby, I don't see interest rates rising significantly soon and against the detractors - house prices in NI have taken a sizeable fall from peak, have appeared to stabilise and are rising nominally in areas and significantly in others.
  15. Homes under the hammer this morning - 7K to get water mains, sewage and electrics onto a site!
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