Tag: House

Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

Image copyright Matterport Image caption Some systems can work out exact dimensions It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset. Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.” We can’t go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great… Read more →

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House prices bounced back in July, says Nationwide

Image copyright EPA House prices bounced back in July, climbing 1.7% during the month compared to a 1.5% fall in June, according to the Nationwide. “The bounce back in prices reflects the unexpectedly rapid recovery in housing market activity since the easing of lockdown restrictions,” it said. Activity has been boosted by pent-up demand and the stamp duty holiday. But… Read more →

Coronavirus: House sales plummeted by 50% in May

Image copyright Getty Images Half the number of residential properties were sold in May compared with a year ago amid coronavirus lockdown measures. A total of 46,230 property transactions were completed during the month, down 52% on the same month last year, HM Revenue and Customs data shows. There was a slight pick-up on the previous month, reflecting the lifting… Read more →

Coronavirus: NI on the move as house hunting and flights return

Image copyright Templeton Robinson Image caption Estate agents and their clients will have a range of new rules to follow House moving and more passenger flights are returning to Northern Ireland from Monday, as the easing of coronavirus restrictions continue. Estate agents can now open and viewings can take place. Passenger flights will resume at Belfast International Airport, with Easyjet… Read more →

House prices see largest monthly fall for 11 years, says Nationwide

Image copyright Getty Images House prices fell 1.7% in May from the previous month, the largest monthly fall for 11 years, according to the Nationwide. Annual house price growth halved from 3.7% to 1.8%, as the coronavirus crisis hit market activity. The latest HMRC data showed that residential property transactions fell 53% in April compared with 2019. “The medium-term outlook… Read more →

Kainos: Movie House cinema demolition to proceed firm re-examining HQ design

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Kainos bought the Movie House cinema on Belfast’s Dublin Road earlier this year as a site for its headquarters project The demolition phase of Belfast IT firm Kainos’ headquarters project will happen this year, the company has said. Kainos bought the Movie House cinema on the city’s Dublin Road earlier this year as a site… Read more →

Coronavirus: ‘Short-lived’ rebound in house hunter demand

Image copyright PA Media Demand from property hunters rebounded as curbs on the sector were lifted in England – but the trend may be short-lived, analysis suggests. Buyer demand rose by 88% in the week estate agents were told they could resume viewings and people could move again, property portal Zoopla said. However, actual sales remained sluggish, and the analysis… Read more →

Coronavirus lockdown: Am I allowed to move house?

Image copyright Getty Images England’s property market has been released from some elements of the lockdown. Many in the housing sector anticipate a surge in moving from pent-up demand. However, strict guidelines are still in place covering every aspect of buying, selling, and renting. For now, the property markets in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain shut. But if you’re… Read more →