A survey provides peace of mind on historic problems

Commissioning a RICS Level 3 Survey when you are about to embark on a property purchase is definitely one of the soundest financial decisions a home buyer can make. That’s why you need the expertise of a chartered surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to call upon. At […]

Japanese knotweed knocks £20bn off UK property values

An astounding £20 billion is said to have been knocked off the total value of the UK property market because of the pervasive presence of Japanese knotweed. New research has revealed that many mortgage lenders refuse to lend to anyone looking to buy a property affected by the spread of the weed, an ornamental plant […]

£3k cost of failing to commission the right property survey

Failing to get the right kind of RICS Level 3 Survey done when buying a house can leave a homebuyer seriously out of pocket. A new study by home interior specialists Hillarys shows that more than half of new homeowners had to pay out almost £3,000 on essential repairs AFTER they had purchased their property. […]

'Down valuations' rise, putting pressure on home buyers

House hunters may be losing out financially and on the homes they want to buy because of a gap between the valuation of the property and the price they have offered to pay. According to estate agents Emoov, “down valuations” are becoming more common because chartered surveyors are concerned about the property market. A down […]

'Enemy Within' shows invasive plant danger

The Chelsea Flower Show is famous for its royal patronage and its extraordinary displays of foliage from around the world and avant-garde garden designs. But this year there will a more unusual display during the five-day event. An entire garden of invasive plants is being created to warn home owners of the risks involved in […]

North-west has UK’s highest average property price growth

The average price of a property in the UK is now £226,367, up 5.4 percent from a year ago. The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) monthly UK House Price Index has pointed to a shift in the traditional north-south divide. The north-west, in particular Manchester, had higher price growth than London and the south-east. The […]

Conference will put spotlight on Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants affecting UK homes

Many homeowners are aware of the danger of Japanese knotweed, the invasive non-native species to the British Isles that spreads rapidly. Its ability to grow through concrete and other man-made structures makes it a real threat to property while its suppression of other growth has led even the normally proper Royal Horticultural Society to describe […]

Regional growth cancels London price falls

Two surveys of the UK property market show falling London prices but better outcomes for sellers across the rest of the UK, pointing to a buyer’s market for those with the finances. London property prices are falling most rapidly. According to property website Rightmove, asking prices in central London have dropped by an average £18,000 […]

England's housebuilding at highest level in a decade

New figures show that housebuilding in England is at its highest level in 10 years. However, the number being constructed is still not enough to reach the current government target of 1 million new homes by 2020. The figures, released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), revealed that in 2016-17 the construction […]