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Interest in first phase of new Comber homes 'proof market is on up'

By Margaret Canning

A new housing development in Comber has attracted "hundreds" of enquires from potential buyers, signalling the strength of market recovery, it has been claimed.

Ballyhenry Manor, from developer Rosemount Homes, will be made up of 57 properties.

Construction is already under way on the first nine dwellings, which will be finished in September.

Rosemount Homes is part of Lagan Construction Group, led by chairman Michael Lagan.

Aaron Russell of estate agents Collier New Homes NI said a queue of potential buyers for the first phase had formed outside its Belfast office yesterday morning. Another 13 proper will be released in late spring under phase two.

Mr Russell said: "It is a positive sign for the Northern Ireland new homes market to see significant, tangible demand for the product being created by Rosemount Homes at Ballyhenry Manor.

"Given the design, build quality and the house types on offer, we were always confident that Ballyhenry Manor would create a high level of buyer interest.

"Our enquiry level for the first phase of release is now in the hundreds, and as a consequence we are now discussing the second phase of development, which is due to be released spring/summer 2017 with potential purchasers."

Mr Russell added: "We are seeing confidence coming back and seeing plenty of off-plan purchases. Previously people might have had to be able to see a shell or a show home before buying, but now they are prepared to buy off-plan in a way they weren't before."

Prices for the houses range from just under £153,000 for a three-bed semi-detached to just under £210,000 for a four-bed detached house.

The most recent National House Building Council statistics show an increase of 1.7% in new home registrations here during 2016, compared to a jump of around 30% a year earlier.

Mr Russell said: "So far in 2017 the Colliers team have witnessed a sharp increase in demand for all new build house types across all regions in Northern Ireland, specifically demand for detached family homes ranging between 1,200 and 2,000sq ft."

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