The valuer as we know them is headed for extinction, according to some.
But in this issue of the Property Journal, Sander Scheurwater highlights RICS research suggesting that valuers are looking at evolution rather than the end of the road. In the world of business valuation, meanwhile, those with expertise in intellectual property are set to be in ever-greater demand as enterprises capitalise on their intangible assets, and Nat Baldwin’s article takes a look at this still quite new frontier – the figures involved may surprise you.
Another recent development is valuing property that was built to rent, so Jason Hardman introduces RICS guidance for those conducting such valuations. And every valuer will want to read the essential guidance from legal experts on keeping files in case the worst happens and a claim is brought. Is there anything you could be doing better?
As well as considering how much buildings are worth, we explore how they make us feel – from biophilic offices and workplace well-being to the integration of nature into new housing developments. The debate about how to solve the UK’s seemingly intractable housing crisis also continues as experienced RICS members share the approaches they think could work, and we welcome your thoughts to develop into further articles.
Meanwhile, Martyn Quarterman looks at fascinating research into innovative techniques that bring learning to life. Although this study looked at quantity surveying, there are lessons for all disciplines in improving training and employability.
If you’re in commercial property, don’t forget to book for the RICS Commercial Property Conference in London on 11 December – I hope to see many of you there. And before the end of 2018, you can also expect an exciting redesign for Property Journal. You’ll still receive the same quality technical content but it will come with a fresh new look – just in time for the new year.
Editor, Property Journal
Claudia joined Property Journal at its launch and took the helm of the Commercial section. She has 12 years of editorial experience in health, education and social care publishing across multiple formats.