James has been involved in the property industry since 2010, working as an Area Sales Manager for an independent Estate Agent in South West London and more recently, helping to start the London business for a well-known hybrid Estate Agent. He is now looking forward to progressing his career in Surveying by becoming an associate member of RICS this year with the aspiration of full membership in the future. Away from work, he enjoys bike touring and going to music gigs.
Of all taxes, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is one of the more debatable (and liked) as it significantly slows the pace at which the housing market can operate. It is particularly restrictive on first-time buyers who make a significant contribution to a functioning market. Less first time buyers, less second-time buyers to buy ... Read More >>
One of the most common reasons for leaseholders wanting to extend their leases is the need to sell. A property's value decreases along with the lease, with a 70-year lease worth around 90% of a 100-year lease, whilst a 60-year lease is more like 80%. The basic mathematics of the lease extension process means that the cost of ... Read More >>
It has been 100 days since Boris Johnson announced in a televised address, that the UK was to go into lockdown. At the time, Peter Barry Surveyors were quick to act and implement working practices that protected our clients and our staff with the wider scope for desktop studies for lease extensions and freehold acquisitions ... Read More >>