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The Impact of Climate Change on the Housing Sector

As much as Brexit has been dominating the headlines for what seems like far too long, there is another, far graver, topic that is fighting for the world’s attention. It is, of course, climate change. David Attenborough rocked up at Glastonbury to make an impassioned plea to clean up our collective act, teenager Greta Thunberg…

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Another Year Over! Surveying Trends in 2018

As we reach the end of 2018, thoughts are naturally turning to what’s ahead of us in 2019. Brexit, obviously, casts a shadow over everything, but it’s not all doom and gloom, thankfully, and our industry does have a few things to look forward to. We look at the most important surveying trends of 2018. …

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Houses near Wey Gap

The UK Housing Market – Outlook for 2018

Brexit continues to cast varying degrees of doom and gloom on UK economic growth and productivity and, as a result, the housing market is also feeling the effect. Reports at the tail-end of 2017 indicate that property prices rose by 2.5% over the year, but by November price trends had flattened out. According to RICS’…

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Homes in Pirbright

Are You About to Get on Surrey’s Property Ladder?

With house prices in Surrey rocketing, it seems to be increasingly difficult to get on the property ladder – a survey carried out by estate agents Savills showed that just 20% of 25-year-olds own their own property, little surprise when local average prices are in excess of £400,000 and a proportion of people feel their only option is to uproot and move out of the county.

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First time buyers

The Cost of Buying a House

It’s probably safe to say that the process of buying a house and moving is never going to get cheaper. A study compiled by Post Office Money and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) showed that average moving costs in the South East had increased by 97% over a 10-year period, reaching £16,510…

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Are We Facing a Housing Crisis?

So RICS has just announced that house price inflation is likely to hit 6% this year, revised from 3%, and it’s all down to the lack of available properties. It’s a double whammy for anyone trying to get on the property ladder or wanting to move, especially when you factor in the average price of a house currently just over £200,000.

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The Rise and Rise of Generation Rent

In other countries it’s the norm to rent. In the UK, we seem to have an inherent desire to own our homes and being a home owner says something about one’s social status, however consciously or subconsciously. For the under-40s who are becoming Generation Rent it is an unfortunate and frustrating time.

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