Equity Release Schemes

On a warm summer’s evening, whilst enjoying a glass of delicious antipodean sauvignon blanc, a surveyor’s peace of mind can be disrupted by a friend’s question – “how much money would I get by doing an equity release scheme on my house”? Such situations extend into the complex waters of financial services advice and these […] Read more


We hear often that an “Englishman’s home is his castle” and there can be no doubt that many, and particularly our politicians, are obsessed with housing. It is fair to say that Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s/early 1980s turned Home ownership on its head, making it become the Holy Grail. Local Authorities were both […] Read more

Houses in Multiple Occupation

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have become a popular residential investment medium over recent years given the continued low interest rates and higher gross returns compared to single let units.  Letting on a room by room basis as opposed to the single let of the whole enables higher rents to be achieved albeit with higher […] Read more

Cornwall Business Partnership Alverton Manor Dinner Truro 20/4/16

Timothy C Smart, the Director of Stratton Creber Commercial and Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Local Association, attended the Cornwall Business Partnership Alverton Manor Dinner in Truro, with the special guest Kate Kennally. Kate endorses her strong intention to work closely with the business community as part of her new role as […] Read more

10 reasons to visit Penzance in 2016

Kate Lough is lured to the far west of Cornwall by first class food, boutique hotels and a growing art and design scene. Traditionally, this West Cornish town has been much overlooked in comparison to its glitzier neighbour St Ives. It doesn’t help that it feels very far away – it’s not much closer than Land’s End […] Read more

WYSIWYG – Commercial Property

Those who are used to using computers will have come across the acronym WYSIWYG (/WIZ-ee-wig) or ‘what you see is what you get.’ The image you have on the screen will, in theory, be what comes out of your printer; what you see is what you get. I’ve been recently reminded that, with the change […] Read more

Business Rates Change for the better?

The Chancellor may have introduced a number of headline grabbing changes in March’s budget to advance the credentials of being small business friendly. However, other fundamental changes  to the Business Rate appeal system have been published by Government and included in the Enterprise Bill. Whilst ratepayers are generally aware of the forthcoming national revaluation effective […] Read more

Cornish Beer Festival

Cornish Beer Festival – Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016 At Epworth Hall, Coinagehall Street, Helston, TR13 8EL Over 20 Cornish Beers Free Admission In aid of Cornwall Leukaemia Trust Please click the link for more details: A4 2016 Beer Fest Read more


Property in primary healthcare use is widely accepted as prime long term investments due to the payment of notional rent from NHS England in the case of doctor’s surgeries and good covenant strength and long term viability of dental practices, pharmacies etc.  This has been particularly true during the recent recession when the perceived covenant […] Read more