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Posted: 29th April
By: rlf

Is property crowd funding a false economy?

Who can afford to buy a property in the UK? Looking at the prices, you’d think the answer would be nobody. In London alone, the price-to-income ratio is at an all time high — 15.7 times, and it averages well above five times across the rest of the country. For a lot of reasons, we're in a property crisis.

But over inflated prices aren’t putting wannabe homeowners off. Ask anyone what they want to invest in ...

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Posted: 20th April
By: rlf

What you need to know about Help-To-Buy ISAs?

In an economy where there are poor returns on savings, slow wage growth, and high house prices, there is some good news for prospective first-time buyers in the form of Help-To-Buy ISAs.

In this year’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced these new measures to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.

How does the scheme work?

For every £200 a first-time buyer saves towards a deposit on ...

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Posted: 13th April
By: rlf

Late payment restricts construction growth

Whilst late payment is an ongoing problem for businesses in almost every industry, it has hit the construction industry particularly hard.

According to the findings of a recent survey carried out by BACS Payment Services Limited, late payment is now the single biggest threat to the survival of many construction firms in the UK, with over three quarters of businesses being forced to wait at least a month beyond the...

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Posted: 7th April
By: rlf

Construction health and safety

Construction health and safety must be at the forefront of our minds with every development project, regardless of its size. That’s why construction projects need efficient project managers and safety experts who know how to spot potential issues. At RLF, we have the experience to provide help at all levels. The recent explosive issue in London may have made the headlines, but thinking about it, it’s not that un...

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Posted: 1st April
By: rlf

Skyscrapers: the pinnacle of high-rise design and construction

Skyscraper construction is often cited as the forefront of architectural design; and the recent fire at the Marina Torch Tower in Dubai (the world’s tallest residential skyscraper) put this theory to the test, while bringing the safety measures of the soaring structures into the spotlight.

The fire, which broke out on the 52nd floor of the 79-storey building spread quickly due to high winds, and took 12 fire eng...

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