An article by our director Ian Lee about leasehold property has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Homes supplement in today's Portsmouth News.
Ian explains how householders have become more aware of issues surrounding this type of property ownership and taking steps to safeguard its value with extended lease terms.
Leaseholder property comes under the spotlight amid Government concerns about some housebuilders selling new homes leasehold rather than freehold - with concerns over ground rent increases and leasehold terms.

Rising numbers of householders have approached us for leasehold property surveys in the first half of this year.
Most are seeking to extend the length of their leasehold terms, whilst others may be seeking valuations to purchase the freehold of their property.
The upswing comes as demand grows for services in our General Practice department and wider business.

Newly released figures show that the Government’s Help to Buy initiative has helped more than one million people since its launch in 2012, writes our Director and Head of General Practice Ian Lee BSc FRICS.
Some 285,000 homeowners – the majority as first time buyers – have used one or more of the Help to Buy schemes, while 960,000 people have opened a Help to Buy ISA.
There are various elements to Help to Buy. They include the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, which offers buyers up to 20% of a newly-built home’s costs so they only need to provide a 5% deposit.

An article by our director Ian Lee features in the Portsmouth News' Homes guide today.
Ian, a twice former Chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), spells out the best way to prepare your property for a survey. His Expert View editorial is on page three of Homes, the leading property supplement for the area.

New figures show that Portsmouth has one of the highest demands for housing in the UK.
The city has been named second in eMoov’s national hotspots index which rates the property market in the UK’s 150 most populated towns and cities.
It was second to Rugby with Bristol in third place for the first quarter of this year.
Our director Ian Lee was asked by the News for his opinion and said that the picture tallies with our experience so far in 2017.

Today’s the big day – nearly 100 players are teeing off in our charity golf fundraiser for Rowan’s Hospice.
There will be to be lots of fun, entertainment and networking as teams of four hit the fairways for 18 holes at Waterlooville Golf Club.
As well as competitions and raffles, we’re having a gala dinner tonight along with a charity auction and prizegiving.
It’s all in aid of Rowan’s Hospice, as we aim to hit a £10,000 target to fit out one of 19 specialist in-patient rooms.

Have you signed up for our Charity Golf Day yet? There’s just a week to go until we tee off at Waterlooville Golf Club on Thursday April 27.
We’re aiming to raise £10,000 in aid of Rowan’s Hospice to refurbish one of its 19 specialist in-patient rooms.
Our golfing extravaganza will include 18 holes of golf, competitions, prizegiving, a dinner in the evening, raffle and charity auction.
The event is one of the premier golf days of its kind in Hampshire, London and the South with up to 100 professionals from property related businesses set to take part.

Rowan’s Hospice at Purbrook needs to raise £5m a year to provide its care services for people with life-limiting illnesses in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.
In 2015-2016, the hospice cared for 375 inpatients, providing 5,019 days of care. It also provided specialised care for 396 patients in their own homes.
One of its new initiatives to ensure it can deliver the very best care is the refurbishment of its 19 specialist in-patient rooms.

Some 31 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine, innovative structural engineering is playing a central role in making the site safer.
The decommissioning of the area includes major remediation work and construction of facilities to process and store spent fuel and radioactive waste.
This includes the construction of a giant arched hanger or ‘New Safe Confinement’ facility over wreckage to allow for safe demolition and decontamination.

Do you want to have lunch at the top of the iconic Shard in London? How about a family night at the races?
These are just some of the fantastic lots in a charity auction at our Golf Day in aid of Rowan’s Hospice, which is just a MONTH TODAY!
The fundraiser is on Thursday April 27 at Waterlooville Golf Club – and we are aiming to raise £10,000 to fund the refurbishment of one of 19 en-suite bedrooms with state-of the art equipment and facilities for inpatient care.


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