In this week’s blog, we look at the recent RICS announcement to provide an extenuating circumstances extension to the Session 2 2020 submission dates.
Essential reading for all RICS APC candidates who may have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown measures.
In this week’s guest podcast, Alexandra Dorling MRICS, Senior MEP Cost Consultant at CBRE and Consultant at Property Elite, takes a look at cashflow considerations post Covid-19 and supply chain protection mechanisms that could be implemented.
Essential listening for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates on various pathways, including Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Project Management.
However, all candidates need to be aware of the impact of Covid-19 on the property and construction industries, so wider knowledge will set you in good stead for your final assessment interview.
In this week's blog, we take a look at the new RIBA Plan of Work 2020.
Essential reading for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates on various pathways, including Project Management, Building Surveying and Planning & Development.
In this week’s blog, we look at the latest changes to RICS’ minimum Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) policy wording from 1 May 2020. Essential reading for all RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates, together with MRICS and FRICS chartered surveyors.
Today, we will focus on our top 5 tips to perfect your case study presentation visual aid.
This is because how to get your visual aid right is a very common question we are asked by RICS APC candidates leading up to their final assessment interview. This is particularly important given that all UK RICS APC final assessment interviews will be online until 31 July 2020.
In this week's podcast, we look at the various ways that you can keep your APC on track during Covid-19. This follows the positive news that despite the Covid-19 outbreak, RICS are still planning to run all APC assessment interviews as scheduled. Until 31 July 2020, these will all take place online.
We take a look at how the Covid-19 outbreak may be affecting the reasoned advice that you give to your clients. Essential listening for RICS APC candidates sitting their final assessment interviews in Session 1 2020.
In this week’s blog, we take a look at an issue which affects our personal and professional lives; safe and healthy workstation use, together with relevant guidance and legislation.
This is particularly relevant given the requirement for home working due to Covid-19. It is also very topical for your RICS APC in relation to the mandatory health & safety competency.
In this week’s blog, we take a look at the 6 year rule – clarifying what this might mean for you and your APC.
We have been asked about this many times, so we now have official clarification from RICS on the issue for you.
In this week’s blog, we look at the RICS guidance for inflight candidates published in February 2020. This will apply if you enrolled on your APC prior to 1 January 2017 and are currently using the Word document templates.
This week, we are taking a look at a vital requirement of your RICS APC or AssocRICS final assessment submission; the word count.
We have been asked about this multiple times in recent weeks, so we wanted to make sure that we shared the love more widely!
In this week's podcast, we take a look at the new RICS Home Survey Standard (1st Edition), Professional Statement. Essential reading for all RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates undertaking condition-based residential property surveys.
Could this be the year that you achieve AssocRICS, MRICS or FRICS status? If so, keep listening to find out five things you need to do if you are submitting your final assessment submission this Spring.
We focus on our top 5 tips to perfect your case study presentation handout. This is because how to get your handout right is a very common question we are asked by RICS APC candidates leading up to their final assessment interview.
We’ve been asked a variety of questions over the past few months in relation to the RICS requirements for the final assessment submission.
Here’s our top 8 things you need to know if you are submitting to sit your interview during Session 2 2019.
In this week’s blog, we look at the new RICS Guidance Note, Valuation of Development Property (1st Edition, October 2019). This replaces the former Valuation Information Paper (VIP) 12, Valuation of Development Land.
It should be read in conjunction with RICS Valuation – Global Standards 2017 (Red Book), which incorporates IVS 410 – Development Property.
In this week’s blog, we take a look at the latest RICS Guidance Note, Comparable Evidence in Real Estate Valuation (1st Edition, October 2019). This replaces the former Information Paper (1st Edition), Comparable Evidence in Property Valuation.
In this week’s podcast, we look at three hot topics for this Autumn’s RICS APC final assessment interviews:
1. International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS)
2. RICS Fire Safety Guide
3. National Design Guide
Jane Forsyth BA (Hons) MRICS, FIRPM outlines the recommendations of the Final Report of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group, on the regulation, training, and licensing of agents, and the sweeping changes suggested for the leasehold sector.
Property Elite’s sole aim is to build better property professionals - supporting your career every step of the way, whether you are an AssocRICS or RICS APC candidate or a MRICS or FRICS Chartered Surveyor simply seeking engaging CPD.
This week, we will be looking at some of the hottest topics for this Autumn's RICS APC assessments.
Government intention to outlaw new ground rents and leasehold houses
Government Advice Note on residential building balconies
Changes to VAT on construction services
Changes to CIL and Section 106
New Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Definition Framework
Changes to the Model Commercial Lease
RICS brought in new APC pathways for candidates enrolling from 1 August 2018. These include two amended/new mandatory competencies, Diversity, inclusion and teamworking and Inclusive environments. Essential reading for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates.
This week, we will be looking at the new RICS Professional Statement Financial viability in planning: conduct and reporting (1st Ed, May 2019).
Essential reading for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates on a range of pathways, including Planning and Development.
This week, we will be looking at permitted development rights and some of the changes to them made in 2019. Essential listening for RICS APC and AssocRICS on a range of pathways, including Planning and Development.
Property Elite are proud to announce that we will be partnering with Gradfeed.
Find out more below about who Gradfeed are and how they are helping to connect cognate and non cognate students with employers in the property industry.
We will also look at what they have to say about soft skills, in our hot topic highlight later on in this blog article.
You can also listen to the audio version of our blog at Anchor.
In our experience, many RICS APC candidates find it difficult to get to grips with the differences between an Arbitrator and an Independent Expert and why an Expert Witness is not the same as an Independent Expert. This week's blog article seeks to dispel any confusion and equip you with the knowledge to ace your RICS APC final assessment interview.
As well as forming part of the mandatory Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures RICS APC competency, this will be relevant for any commercial, valuation or residential RICS APC candidates who deal with leases.
In particular, in this article we will focus on dispute resolution for rent review instructions. We will look at lease renewals and PACT in a future article.
We have already considered dispute resolution in general in a previous blog article, so this article will be a great place to continue furthering your knowledge of dispute resolution.
Purchase & sale is a core technical RICS APC competency on the residential pathway, as well as being frequently selected on many other pathways such as valuation, commercial (if you deal with mixed-use schemes) or planning & development.
This week, we will be taking a look at the Government's newly published How to Buy a Home Guide.
This supplements a number of other guides, such as How to Rent, How to Rent a Safe Home, How to Let, How to Lease and How to Sell a Home.
The guides all provide basic advice on various aspects of residential property for tenants, landlords, leaseholders, home buyers and sellers. Each provides a concise overview of the relevant process and flags up potential areas of concern or conflict.
It should be noted that the guidance relates to England and Wales, as the transactional process is different in other geographic areas, including Scotland.
Fire safety is an essential component of a number of RICS APC competencies, including Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Construction Technology & Environmental Services, Design & Specification and Legal/Regulatory Compliance. This blog article will give you an overview of fire safety and what you might need to know for you RICS APC.
This week, Jane Forsyth BA (Hons) MRICS, FIRPM discusses the recent pledge to crack down on leasehold abuse. You can also read the pledge in full and the Government's announcement online.
A Chartered Surveyor, qualified (non-practising) solicitor and a Fellow of the IRPM, Jane contributed towards the Commission’s research and is one of the stakeholders named in the consultation document.
This week, we will be looking at the different methods of selling a property. This applies to both the residential and commercial sectors. This will be an essential component of your knowledge and advice relating to the Purchase & Sale RICS APC competency.
According to RICS, the RICS APC referral rate is nearly 40% because candidates don't:
Understand what's included in the process
Know how to demonstrate their competencies
Show evidence of their technical knowledge and professional experience
So, in today's podcast, we are going to look at 5 key areas where we have seen RICS APC candidates struggle in the written submission and final assessment interview. We will also give you advice on how to avoid these and seek success in your RICS APC final assessment interview this Spring.
Our Hot Topic Highlight podcast series will arm you with information on the hottest topics - ready to tackle an important client meeting or begin revising for your RICS APC final assessment.
This episode will focus on the highlights of the Law Commission’s open consultation on Right to Manage.
Our RICS APC Lifeline podcast series aims to equip you with the information, knowledge and skills to pass your APC with flying colours.
In this episode, we give you our top 5 tips to revise for your RICS APC this Spring.
Our RICS APC Lifeline podcast series aims to equip you with the information, knowledge and skills to pass your APC with flying colours. In this episode, we help you check that you are on the right path with your final assessment submission.
Our RICS APC Lifeline podcast series aims to equip you with the information, knowledge and skills to pass your APC with flying colours. In this episode, we will focus on communication, which is one half of a mandatory RICS APC competency (Communication and Negotiation).