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  • ESG

    ​‘G’: the forgotten letter in ESG

    2022-06-27T13:30:00+01:00By Marcus Moufarrige

    It’s undeniable that governance takes a back seat to environmental and social in the ESG equation, but if real change is to take place then it may be the most important letter in the abbreviation.

  • Finance generic

    ​Getting the formula right for overage agreements

    2022-06-27T11:33:00+01:00By Dominic Whelan

    Overage agreements are, for many reasons, a trap for the unwary.

  • Smart tech net zero

    Residents are key to hitting net zero target

    2022-06-24T10:41:00+01:00By

    Cutting carbon is crucial, but we also need to focus on how to improve the things we can’t directly control. We headed to Brighton last month for new property conference Footprint+. The event largely focused on how the property industry can improve its carbon footprint from infrastructure development, which is ...

  • London housing estate blocks

    Do we still need tower blocks?

    2022-06-23T14:57:00+01:00By Tom Hargreaves

    Originally aspirational places to live in the 1950s and 1960s, tower blocks developed a reputation for anti-social behaviour and as quickly as they were built, they were demolished.

  • Share price

    Focusing on fundamentals is vital

    2022-06-22T23:00:00+01:00By

    That the current environment is challenging is self-evident. The impacts of supply chain disruption, labour shortages and the rising cost of raw materials and energy have combined to deliver the highest rate of inflation for 40 years.

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    No one can call Michael Gove idle

    2022-06-22T23:00:00+01:00By

    Say what you like about the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, but Michael Gove certainly hasn’t been idle.

  • Shopping Mall

    Malls can hold key to levelling up

    2022-06-22T23:00:00+01:00By Trevor Morriss

    At the heart of the government’s aspiration to regenerate regional towns and cities lies a sleeping giant that holds a significant key to levelling up: the oft-overlooked shopping centre.

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    When life gives you lemons, trade property

    2022-06-22T23:00:00+01:00By Scott Tyler

    As the pandemic started to subside, many of us in the investment community were ready to breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief: no more sitting in front of the TV nervously awaiting updates on the latest restrictions, tiers and lists.

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    Climate crisis: the onus is on us all

    2022-06-22T09:53:00+01:00By Melanie Leech

    The spike in energy prices affecting individuals and businesses across the country brings the imperative for more energy-efficient buildings even more into focus.

  • High street

    Compulsory purchase orders can pave the way to successful levelling-up regeneration

    2022-06-20T11:19:00+01:00By Adam Rhead

    Town centres are at the heart of our local communities and economies but most are in serious decline. Although this deterioration is not exactly news, the government’s levelling-up agenda has recently brought the urgency of town centre regeneration into sharp focus.

  • Tax relief

    Resi investors can dodge inheritance tax trap

    2022-06-20T11:13:00+01:00By Mark Roughley

    The central benefit of investing in property is its reliability. Consistent need, particularly for housing, means residential investment remains a popular and clear-cut investment strategy. House prices have risen over the past two years, and while we can expect a decline as the market naturally fluctuates, it is rarely a ...

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    Do landlords need to invest in virtual tour functionality?

    2022-06-16T10:57:00+01:00By Tomaz Phillips

    During the pandemic when much of the world was working from home, we witnessed a surge in disposing agents and their respective landlords investing in virtual tour functionality. This gave landlords a solution for active occupiers during a difficult period to physically view properties

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