RICS: Scottish house prices rise as gardens and green space continue to top shopping list

Enquiries, instructions, prices and sales all continued to rise in Scotland during August, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey, as pent up demand and the stamp duty holiday continue to influence the market.

Published 10 September 2020

Surveyors remain cautious despite housing market rebound

The Scottish housing market saw a rebound in interest and activity during July but surveyors remain cautious about the months ahead due to the uncertain economic outlook. 

Published 13 August 2020

RICS reiterates call for new Amberfield land classification

A new land classification of Amberfield would reduce costs for developers and enable SMEs and self/custom builders to generate homes at speed, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 6 August 2020

RICS calls for offices to be converted to housing as commercial sector demand falls

As the global pandemic continues to take its toll, RICS has said the Scottish Government should enable more offices to be converted to housing as commetcial sector demand falls.

Published 30 July 2020

RICS launches new rental evalutation service to help address commercial rent crisis

In response to the growing number of commercial rent disputes, RICS has launched a Commercial Rental Independent Evaluation Service to help landlords and tenants negotiate payments during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 29 July 2020

England: Planners and architects react to ‘disgraceful’ extension of permitted development rights

Plans by the UK Government to extend new ‘rights’ to alter or replace buildings across England without the need for planning permission risk adding to the country’s already prevalent health and societal inequalities, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

Published 23 July 2020

Surveyors expect government measures to boost housing market

Expectations for activity in the Scottish housing market are improving as more new buyer enquiries are reported by surveyors following lockdown closures.

Published 9 July 2020

RICS: New buyers looking for green spaces as Scottish property market prepares to open

Following the reopening of the housing market in England May 13, the May 2020 RICS Residential Market Survey unsurprisingly saw a slight improvement in the outlook for sales over the coming twelve months across the UK as a whole.

Published 11 June 2020

Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

RICS calls on Scottish Government for clarity on housing market

RICS has called on the Scottish Government for clarity on when the house buying and selling process can restart as it suggested house prices will be 4% lower when the market reopens.

Published 14 May 2020

Construction sector facing ‘ominous future’ amid sharp fall in confidence

Market confidence in Scotland’s construction sector has fallen sharply with workloads, profit margins and employment anticipated to fall over the coming twelve months.

Published 23 April 2020

RICS: Government intervention needed to bring back housing market post-virus

Whilst Scottish surveyors were upbeat about the outlook for the housing market before last month, it is now clear that the current lockdown situation will have a significant impact for the rest of the year, according to the March 2020 Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 9 April 2020

Residential projects and New Gorbals offices shortlisted for RICS Social Impact Awards

New Gorbals Housing Association’s new office development has named among 35 of Scotland’s most impactful construction projects.

Published 25 February 2020

Sales pick up as confidence in housing market translates into activity

Increased optimism from buyers has led to a pick-up in sales activity in the Scottish housing market, according to the January 2020 UK Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 13 February 2020

Housebuilding and infrastructure expected to drive Scottish construction growth

An uplift in housebuilding and infrastructure spending is expected to boost Scottish construction activity during 2020 after a quieter end to 2019 saw workloads flatten in Q4, according to surveyors.

Published 23 January 2020