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There is an interesting article on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website about the increasing importance of technology in achieving higher quality reporting standards, greater accuracy and faster turnaround times.
Our Director of Building Surveying Bruce Scott spotted the story on the RICS website. Bruce, like all of our highly qualified property professionals, uses the latest technology in the field and the office – including drones, tablets, integrated IT systems and bespoke software.

The number of sales agreed in the residential property market has risen some 4.8% this September compared with 12 months ago, according to Rightmove.
The residential property sector traditionally experiences an Autumn bounce in the last burst of activity of the year, writes our Director of General Practice Ian Lee.
Although some sectors of the market are rebalancing – including more competitive asking prices in London – demand still remains strong.

Our Expert View about structural engineering has appeared in the Portsmouth News' Homes guide today.
In the column, our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan highlights the growing trend for basement extensions in residential properties.
He also outlines the importance to consider structural engineering as a key aspect of any project, whether it is residential, commercial, private or public sector.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947.
The law effectively represented the start of the Listed building system we have today. To date, the list features 400,000 entries – including palaces, piers, windmills and bridges.
To celebrate the anniversary five more additions have been announced. They are a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station, a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, a home in the Cornish woods and a Jewish Cemetery.

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.

One of our Building Surveyors was in action over the weekend in a charity football match for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lewis Don was among the players when Castle United’s current and past first teams faced eachother in the charity clash at Rowlands Castle, near Waterlooville.
The extravaganza looks set to raise more than £1,500 for the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
Unfortunately Lewis and his teammates in the current first XI were on the wrong end of the 6-2 scoreline.

Hundreds of hotels, student halls of residence and private sector blocks may need to have their cladding replaced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, according to an article in this week’s Estates Gazette.
As the repercussions from the fire continue to be felt nationwide, the private sector and trade bodies such as the British Property Federation (BPF), the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) and Home Builders Federation are considering the implications of the blaze.

An Expert View column by our Director Ian Lee has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Portsmouth News' Homes guide.
In the column Ian, who is a twice former chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), explains the latest developments in the Government's flagship Help to Buy initiative.

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.


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