Beautifully naïve thoughts
Originally the company was set up with some beautifully naive
aims - these being that if we offered the best surveys we would
make a good honest living (to view our first website...click
However we soon discovered that all is not as it seems in the
property world - property is very big business and the lending
of money to finance the property is equally big business. This
has lead some of the biggest companies, shall we say 'protecting
their interests' (we have to be careful what we say because one
of the very big companies have tried to take us to court for
our comments previously - maybe they don't like people to know)!
We have the “interesting” situation that the Estate Agent can
be owned or own the Chartered Surveyors and in turn all be owned
by the Lenders - or we are probably safer (from the being sued
point of view) to say they have close links with...
So this means the Estate Agent can recommend the Chartered Surveyors
and Mortgage lenders - all owned ultimately by the same company.
Sometimes the Lender may give you the "choice" of companies
on their panel. These companies usually/often has reciprocal
agreements with the recommending company - they make it very
difficult to use anyone outside this group - just try asking.