All Posts in Category: Plymouth Office

Whatever happened to the Englishman’s castle?

Figures reported in the government’s English Housing Survey show that between 2010 and 2015 the number of homeowners throughout the country has fallen by more than 220,00 , 2/3rds of these in the North of England, despite all we read and hear about growth in housebuilding. So what is happening to housebuilding if it isn’t […] Read more

City Centre Investment Now Under Management

Stratton Creber Commercial are pleased to announce their recent appointment as managing agent of a City Centre retail investment on behalf of an international investor. The property at 67-69 New George Street consists of circa 8,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor with an additional 10,850 square feet of ancillary accommodation on […] Read more

A Brave New World

A brave new world is perhaps not quite the phrase encapsulate the changes to the Uniform Business Rate system, however it is true that the draft rating assessments which, (pending any last minute revisions) will become effective from April 2017 are scheduled to be published online at the end of this month. This will give […] Read more

Post Brexit Market Comments

Britain voted to leave the European Union at the June 2016 referendum which has sent shockwaves through Europe and triggered financial markets to drop, a decline in the value of sterling and the resignation of the Prime Minister.  The Bank of England has given a statement to reassure the UK public, investors and institutions that […] Read more

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

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