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Commercial and industrial buildings are often large and complex, and thus, there are many variables affecting their value. Variables relate primarily to the building itself, its location, condition, demand, use class (as per the Use Class Order), the local, regional, national and world economy, property market and the potential for development. There are also numerous...
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Permitted development rights (PDRs) are a statutory planning and development instrument in the UK that grant permissions for property development and extension without the need for planning permission. With PDRs, you are permitted to develop and alter a building without going through the planning system. This saves time and money spent on the famously bureaucratic...
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UK property law is amongst the most complex in the world. Amongst its many instruments is the ground lease. Ground leases are granted by the freeholder of land and buildings to a leaseholder, usually with a long lease. This is a semi-permanent arrangement as the lease typically lasts for 125 years or longer and will...
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Building surveys or structural surveys are a vital component of the UK commercial property trade and industry. Typically, comprehensive surveys are carried out for the sake of technical due diligence. In essence, property acquisitions in the UK are subject to caveat emptor, ‘let the buyer beware’. Whilst the seller is legally obliged to provide a...
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NPV is yet another tool in the box of calculations that can be used to assess commercial real estate investments and other investments. Many metrics used in investment assessment are static and insensitive to various real-world investment conditions. For example, cash-on-cash return, ROI, or cap rate, do not typically factor in the changing value of...
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cash on cash return
Cash on cash return is another useful simple economic metric that is used primarily used in the USA when assessing real estate investments, particularly in the commercial real estate sector. It is one of several simple metrics that include ROI and cap rate that allows you to conduct a quick investment napkin or acid test....
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is my building listed?
Listed buildings in the UK represent those of historic or otherwise special importance. The listed building system is governed by Historic England and local planning authorities who can grant or remove listed building status. This is enforced by the Planning Act 1990 which makes it a criminal offence to make unpermitted changes to a listed...
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If you’ve been researching property, looking to buy, rent, extend or otherwise acquire or modify a building then there’s a good chance you’ll have come across the term ‘chartered surveyor’. You may be wondering whether or not you need one and what the difference is between a chartered surveyor and a non-chartered surveyor.   What...
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Cap rate is an American term and provides an interesting alternative measure for commercial real estate investment. It’s growing in popularity in the UK as a quick measurement that calculates returns when costs are deducted from income but when a mortgage is not applicable or has yet to be found. Cap rate is best understood...
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