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More Daft Questions On Moving To Ni ....

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Following on from the query about the car registration: I'm looking in earnest now, coming over shortly and trying to tee up looking at some houses (though won't really be able to offer until we've sold here in Berkshire which may or may not take a while - depends on what we ask for I guess).

1) What's the deal on the rateable value figure? Sometimes it seems broadly in line with asking prices (just slightly under) other times well under. I assume this is like the old rates used to be in (pre Poll Tax) Scotland ... so there must I assume be a formula for calculating the rates bill - where do I find that?

2) Are all Sold prices recorded? I've come across a few Zoopla couldn't find (some issue with the data?) Is there a particularly good site for NI sold info?

3) Any good property portals apart from properypal and propertynews - looking around the £400k mark, from Holywood round to Bangor, also in Malone and University areas. There isn't a huge amount on the market really at that price point and some of it looks a bit pricey for what it is. (I suppose you get chancers everywhere).

4) What's the protocol on offers? - I've noticed a few like Scotland asking 'offers over' which you seldom see in England - are people expecting full asking or full asking+? Buying our current place a year ago we offered -20% and moved up a little from that (that was before the recent market revival here). But I'm not sure where prices are at in NI - a couple of places we've liked have gone to Sale Agreed in the last week or so but some have been around clearly since the Spring - worth a cheeky offer when we are positioned to do so? I do recall it went a bit mad in NI on the back of the lunacy in the Republic, and then settled back quite a bit (40% I've read here). What 'year' in terms of historic prices should I be looking at?

5) Any good sites on demographics of particular areas? Upmystreet was great (for GB anyway) but has vanished.

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3) Any good property portals apart from properypal and propertynews - looking around the £400k mark, from Holywood round to Bangor, also in Malone and University areas. There isn't a huge amount on the market really at that price point and some of it looks a bit pricey for what it is. (I suppose you get chancers everywhere).

http://www.ulsterpropertysales.co.uk/

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