House sales rise

CONTINUED buyer interest in the North-east housing market is finally translating into sales, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

CONTINUED buyer interest in the North-east housing market is finally translating into sales, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In RICS’ latest UK Housing Market Survey, published today, it said newly agreed sales increased rapidly in March and at the fastest pace since October 2006 with the percentage of North-east surveyors reporting new transactions now at 31%, up from -2 in February. Confidence in the sales outlook also increased for the third consecutive month with expectations most buoyant in the North-east as 42% of surveyors reported positive prospects for the three months ahead, up from 14% in February. The region’s chartered surveyors are now reporting average sales of ten transactions per month, above the national average of 9.7.

Warm feeling

COUNTY Durham-based independent fireplace specialists, CVO Fire, has completed several major projects for one of the UK’s leading pub chains. The Greene King Pub Company has installed CVO fires to modernise some of its UK inns.

The contract was worth in the region of £15,000 to CVO, which opened its new factory and showroom at Newton Aycliffe in June 2007.

Nano-conference

NANOTECHNOLOGY goes under the spotlight at the Cleveland Institution of Engineers’ conference on Nanotechnology on Wednesday, April 22 at Teesside University. The conference is aimed at industry professionals, academic staff and students, and anyone with an interest in the subject.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Centuria Building from noon-6pm.

Further information can be found on the CIE website - www.cieng.org

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