And essential tips for buying and selling
The Northern Ireland Executive has lifted restrictions to allow the resumption of activity on the local property market.
And thousands have been logging on to view what's on the market.
Here we look at the essential tip for those looking to buy or sell as well as the most popular listings on Propertynews.com.
Before viewing as a buyer
If possible, it is advised to view a property virtually before attending a physical viewing. This ensures that you are only visiting a property that you are seriously interested in and will also limit the number of unnecessary journeys you make.
If you have any questions about the property, email these to the estate agent as soon as possible. They will be able to provide more information before the viewing which will ultimately limit face-to-face contact.
A viewer may not have as much time to look around a property as before. In England, property viewings are limited to 20 minutes to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Before attending a viewing, we advise contacting the estate agent to see if there is a time restriction in place.
If you are concerned for your health when attending a house viewing, speak to the estate agent in advance who will be able to explain the precautions that they have in place at the property.
Before attending a viewing, you may have to answer the below questions:
During a viewing
If you are selling
Over the last number of weeks, many estate agents in towns across Northern Ireland have been working remotely.
The public have been able to contact agents via property portals such as Propertynews.com to express their desire to view a property when it is possible.
Therefore, when the property market reopens, estate agents may have a busy couple of weeks booking in prospective buyers to view your home.
Here is how a house viewing in Northern Ireland might look to the seller:
If you are unable to leave your property, it is advised that you:
4 ORMISTON PARK, BELFAST, AROUND £445,000
This east Belfast home has been the most-viewed on Propertynews.com since the market reopened. It’s got four good-sized bedrooms and for fans of cafes and restaurants, it’s just a short walk to Ballyhackamore and Belmont villages.
9 INVERARY AVENUE, ASKING PRICE OF £110,000
This end terrace in east Belfast has two “well-proportioned” bedrooms and a good-sized kitchen. Agents Rogers & Finney say its Sydenham address is a “popular and sought-after residential location”.
6 ISLAND HALT, OFFERS OVER £189,950
The third most popular home on Propertynews.com is a threebed red-brick detached home in Greenisland, described as a “highly regarded area”. One of the bedrooms has an ensuite shower room.
10 WINDMILL ROAD, OFFERS OVER £785,000
The limitations of life in lockdown have led to many clicks for a country pile near Lisburn. It’s described as a “fabulous country home in a beautiful rural setting” and has five bedrooms, not to mention stables.
35 BRIDGELEA AVENUE, CONLIG, ASKING PRICE £125,000
This end townhouse is set in a quiet development. It has two bedrooms and the master has built-in wardrobes. It also has a sunny rear garden with low-maintenance astroturf.
53 CONNOR ROAD, ASKING PRICE £385,000
This red-brick property is described as an “impressive detached bungalow”. Of its four bedrooms, two have en suite bathrooms. The lounge also has a “contemporary gas fire”.
2A HARRY’S ROAD, ASKING PRICE AROUND £375,000
A semi-detached country cottage with three bedrooms outside Hillsborough has drawn attention. The property is inside the original country estate of Eglantine House, a listed Georgian linen house dating from the 18th century.
31 CASTLE AVENUE, ASKING PRICE: £149,950
This three-bed house in Randalstown is described as “immaculately and stylishly presented”. It’s aimed at firsttime buyers and families also in search of outdoor space. There is also a loft which is accessed by a pull-down ladder.
173B CARRICKMANNON ROAD, ASKING PRICE £375,000
The idea of a modern bungalow in Co Down has drawn some eyes to this Crossgar home. It has four good-sized bedrooms and generous landscaped gardens. The master bedroom has not just an ensuite shower but also a dressing room.
2 AGHERTON CLOSE, OFFERS AROUND £345,000
Perhaps understandably, many of us are tempted by the idea of a coastal property — and 2 Agherton Close in Portstewart will tempt a lot of people with its seaside setting. It has four bedrooms and is described as “spacious and luxurious”.