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In this month’s edition … we look at jargon-busting property surveys, discuss a new affordability test that will free thousands from high interest mortgages and discover castles for sale in Devizes and Turkey
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Three major property development schemes are being investigated for suspected fraud after a series of failed contracts and developers. Investors from the UK and overseas are set to lose millions after paying up front for flats on the failed developments.
Think a new property costs enough without the financial extravagance of appointing a Chartered Surveyor? We demystify house surveys, which are a necessary part of the home buying process as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors works to simplify the current Homebuyers Report.
Contrary to view of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor and other property professionals, the estate agent association says the UK’s housing market is not suffering as a result of Brexit uncertainty.
The Financial Conduct Authority has announced a long-awaited change of rules that will help free thousands of homeowners from high interest mortgage rates to which they have been committed for years.
A specialist UK ‘inventory services’ provider is backing an MOT-style report on rental property to safeguard tenants of private landlords, following recommendations in a review of the Private Rental Sector published in September 2018.
A recent survey has found that four in ten first time property buyers who took out a mortgage in 2017 will still be making repayments after retirement. Financial regulators warn that this will have a massive impact on an aging population – and their pensions.
Lavanda is launching a new short-term rental App in a bid to eradicate tenancy breaches caused by sub-letting rental property. The App aims to benefit both landlord and tenant, by allowing tenant to sub-let their home, when they’re away or low on funds, while paying a percentage of the income generated to the owner of the property.
Those of us who aren’t minded to remove all semblance of personal home comforts and possessions from our houses and workplaces, in the name of tidiness, rejoice – we can keep the things that ‘spark joy’!
Data on tenants in the private rental sector shows that nearly a quarter have been asked to leave their homes because their landlord is selling the property. But does this make sense, when four out of five people say they don’t mind who their landlord is, as long as their home and tenancy agreement stayed the same.
The ‘Goldfinger of Hastings’ angers locals by buying second historic pier that they had hoped to crowdfund for the community, then closing the gates.
The historic market town of Devizes has a long and colourful Medieval past. Over 500 listed buildings and a central marketplace sit beneath spectacular nine-bedroom Devizes Castle, which is being marketed for £2.5 million.
And finally (if Wiltshire isn’t for you) …
A bizarre development of 732 identical mock French chateau villas lies unfinished and unoccupied amidst attractive mountains and forests in Turkey. The developers say that the sale of a further 100 sales of the circa $400k properties would pay off the company’s debts, which would enable the development to continue.
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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