Why does commercial property valuation need a detective?

No two commercial properties are alike. Even a pair of buildings from identical blueprints will have subtle differences, they are unique, just like you and I. To reach a valuation we need to look at evidence, we cannot just pluck a value out of the air. Even then it is our evidenced professional opinion as … Continue reading Why does commercial property valuation need a detective?

RICS – Health Check

At Cambridge Finance we strive for professionalism both in our company and through our teaching but how healthy is our professional institution which is at the heart of the industry? From RICS viewpoint The RICS annual review ( August '19 to July '20) shows some impressive figures for the institution (2018-2019 figures in brackets where … Continue reading RICS – Health Check

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder vs Member of Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

By Maria Wiedner MRICS CFA MPhil (Cantab) As an experienced real estate financial investment consultant and trainer, I receive regular enquiries about the best way forward to career progression. The most common question I am asked is which is a better investment, the CFA charter or the MRICS.  Here is my analysis of the pros … Continue reading Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder vs Member of Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The Economic and Human cost of Furlough and Redundancies

The job retention scheme, or furlough, has amounted to an astronomical cost to the government  with the second furlough at approximately £6 billion per month, £200,000 per day and a total of £41.4 billion as at 18 October 2020 to the economy (figures from HMRC). Let us also not forget the staggering human cost that … Continue reading The Economic and Human cost of Furlough and Redundancies

Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

At Cambridge Finance we train professionals in the construction, development and analysis of financial models. We believe this is a hugely valuable skill in real estate and the financial industries. Why? Please read further. What? Before delving into why we need financial modelling, let us first look at a definition. A financial model is a tool (typically … Continue reading Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

How can employee training benefit employers? 5 reasons.

A lack of professional training can lead to an obsolete, demoralised and demotivated workforce, a reduction in productivity and competitiveness. The benefits of training for your staff, both new and experienced cannot be overemphasized. Better employee performance,  increase in employee satisfaction and morale – Professional training in a relevant subject increases not only knowledge but also … Continue reading How can employee training benefit employers? 5 reasons.

How has Covid shaped property design?

Coronavirus has had a marked affect on how people want to spend their work and leisure time and has shifted priorities for building design. Gardens, recently seen as a nuisance and best avoided by some, are now sought after for the offer of private open air space and open plan is falling in popularity as … Continue reading How has Covid shaped property design?

The Rise and Fall of the Residential property Market

By Holly Mapletoft BA MAAT What shape is the residential property market in, how did it get there and what can we expect to happen next? When we speak of house prices, it is about an average, and, as with any statistic, this is open to interpretation. The average house price varies wildly across regions, … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Residential property Market

Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

The Science View on Valuation Estimating Property Values in Times of Significant Uncertainty In times of Covid-19 pandemic, property market or fair values are harder than ever to estimate. Valuers desperately trying to find enough ‘evidence’, but property is an illiquid asset by definition and as such, transactional evidence disappears during periods of market unrest. … Continue reading Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View