Index of Articles

Author:
JJ Heath-Caldwell
Post date 30/09/2015 - 16:46
Summary of article:

HELP TO BUY SCHEMES

The Government launched the Help to Buy scheme in April 2013 to help people struggling to get on the property ladder as well as home owners with not much equity who want to step up.  The initiative makes it possible to purchase a property priced up to £600,000 with as little as a five per cent deposit. The government will then step in to boost this either with a loan or a mortgage guarantee.

Author:
Alan Milstein
Post date 02/09/2015 - 15:12
Summary of article:

The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) is the U.K.’s only professional body whose sole function is to focus on the interests of specialist independent residential property surveyors. It is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the services of independent surveyors.

Author:
JJ Heath-Caldwell
Post date 25/08/2015 - 15:47
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How Much Does it Cost to Move House?

Most people know they need to save for a deposit to get a mortgage for their first home. But prospective property owners might not realise there are a raft of other fees, charges and taxes they also need to pay –running into thousands of pounds.

Average moving costs, including stamp duty, estate agent, surveyor fees and removals, came to £11,894 by the end of 2014, according to research by Post Office Money and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Author:
Chris Shapland
Post date 22/12/2014 - 14:19
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EARTH BUILDINGS AND THEIR FAILURES REVISTED

Chris Shapland

Author:
Chris Shaw CEng FICE FIET MIStructE MCMI
Post date 22/12/2014 - 13:04
Summary of article:

Arches and lintels are found wherever it is necessary to support a wall etc over an opening which is usually not more than about two metres wide.  They provide support in completely different ways and an understanding of this is fundamental to selecting, specifying and assessing them.

Author:
Brian Margetson BSc CEng FIStructE
Post date 22/12/2014 - 10:26
Summary of article:

This paper examines the home as an evolving product. Over the passage of time, the changing tastes of the population coupled with emerging technologies have fashioned the simple house into a series of stereotypes which reflect their era of building. Some changes in techniques, materials and form have brought benefits to homeowners, unfortunately others have not.

An examination of these changes has characterised their influence on structural defects found in real properties. This paper seeks to list those defects most commonly seen in particular eras and charts their origin.

Author:
Peter Webster MA (Cantab)
Post date 22/12/2014 - 10:06
Summary of article:

My contribution today is a case study of efforts to obtain that redress after coastal flooding during the winter of 2013-2014.

Author:
James McAllister LL.M BSc(Hons) MRICS MCIArb FFPWS
Post date 22/04/2014 - 14:57
Summary of article:

These lecture notes accompany the presentation entitled: ‘Dilapidations: A Practitioner’s Guide’.
This lecture concerns dilapidations and the law of dilapidations in leasehold commercial property held
on business tenancies.

Author:
Charles Calcraft
Post date 22/04/2014 - 14:49
Summary of article:

This talk is an extract from the Understanding Thatched Roofs course that Charles Chalcraft presents for RICS Training in Hampshire and in Suffolk. He also presents this course in Devon in a 15th Century thatched Church House.  This is the only course in the country that trains surveyors how to survey thatched properties.

Author:
Russel Burton
Post date 23/12/2013 - 18:15
Summary of article:

 

Flood Risk Explained
1. Introduction

The summer of 2012 was the wettest on record with over 7,000 properties flooded in the UK. 5 million properties are at risk from flooding from rivers or the sea with a further 2.4 million at risk from surface water flooding. Climate change is making flooding more frequent and today's extreme event may be the norm in the future. Flood risk is now a major concern for home owners, potential home buyers and developers. This paper will explore and explain

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