International property measurement standards are now mandatory

From 1st January all RICS professionals undertaking and commissioning property measurements will be required to follow the RICS Property Measurement Professional Statement. This means that all measurements of office buildings will be done in line with the new International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS). IPMS is the new global standard that aims to enhance the transparency […]

Commercial property outlook for 2016

The UK commercial property market has delivered strong investment returns since 2013, however as the cycle matures can the industry continue to deliver? The outlook for commercial property across the UK is positive for 2016, although commercial property investors will need to be more selective in their choices of investments. The low interest rates of recent […]

Alternative ways to invest in property following the rise in buy-to-let Stamp Duty

Property investment has historically been one of the safest forms of investment with assets generally increasingly in value both long and short term. As stamp duty rises of 3% come into effect in April 2016 an increasing number of property investors are seeking alternative commercial property investment routes. A property fund allows investment into commercial property which […]

A useful guide to the governments Help to Buy Scheme

The Help to Buy Scheme is the governments flagship housing policy and has now been used by almost 120,000 people. First time buyers often struggle to raise a large deposit and the scheme is helping potential buyers to top up a small deposit with a loan from the government. The aim is to ensure first […]

Top tips when becoming a landlord

It is a great time to invest in property as house prices are predicted to rise over the coming decades, however becoming a landlord can take time and needs through research. Below our are top tips for landlords to consider before renting a property: Ask whether the letting agent you are using is a member […]

Autumn Statement: What does it mean for the property market

In a long speech yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne revealed his financial game plan for the coming years. We help you decipher what it means for you and the property market. George Osborne is hoping to raise an additional £1billion for the Treasury by 2021 by charging those in England and Wales a 3% surcharge on each […]

Top tips to sell your home before Christmas

With only one month until Christmas, the end of the year is fast approaching. If you are thinking of waiting until next year to sell your home, think again, more people search for a new home over the festive period than any other time of year. If you are in the process of selling your […]

How to protect your home against extreme weather

As Winter sets in many of us are wondering how we can protect our homes from storms, snow and ice. Cold spells can be a troublesome time, however a few simple steps will go a long way to ensure your home is protected. Trees: Check for broken or weak branches Check trunk is not in […]

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