RICS Valuations

Shared Equity and Help To Buy  Valuation (Now Target HCA)

We specialise in carrying out RICS valuations on domestic properties for both Help To Buy and Shared Ownerships Housing Association schemes.   We are able to undertake a valuation of residential properties which are in shared ownership.   Sometimes referred to as ‘staircasing’, this is the process of buying some, or all, of the remaining share of the property.  We can also provide a valuation for shared ownership or help to buy if you are selling the property.  If you are looking to redeem your help to buy loan which has now been taken over by Target HCA, we can provide a report.  

Our reports adhere to all of the requirements set out by each individual Housing Association and Help to Buy (Target HCA).  We will provide a reliable and professional service with fast turn around of the reports which are supplied in a PDF format.

We have provided many Shared Ownership RICS valuation reports in the past to various Housing Associations, which include Catalyst, Sovereign, BPHA, Clarion, Home Group, SOHA, Vivid, Bromford, Thames Valley Housing, Metropolitan, Southern Housing Group, A2Dominion, Radian, Stonewater, Guinness, Grainger, Housing Solutions, Silva and Paradigm.

RICS HomeBuyer Survey

A RICS HomeBuyer Report is a type of home survey devised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is aimed at homebuyers (hence the name) and intended for conventional properties in reasonable condition. The report describes the condition of the property and any potential risks or defects, and provides advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance. Findings are presented in a standardised format using a traffic light rating system, and may optionally include a valuation, including insurance rebuild costs.

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RICS Valuations for Shared Ownership & Help To Buy


When instructing our RICS surveyors and valuers we ensure you that they adhere to the following criteria for a valuation.

• The valuer must be registered with a RICS recognised qualification/accreditation

• The valuer must be independent of an estate agent

• The report must be on headed paper and signed by the surveyor

• The valuer must provide at least 3 comparable properties and sale prices within the last year (the date of sale must be stated). The 3 comparable properties must be included in the valuation report; the comparables must have the door number and one part of the post code if the full post code cannot be obtained. This can be within a 2 mile radius of the subject property.

• The valuer must not be related or known to you

• The valuer must inspect the interior of the property and provide a full valuation report

• Valuations carried out for bank or mortgage purposes are not acceptable

• The scheme administrator (Housing Assoc. etc.) will require a copy of the valuation report; the inspection date must be shown on the report

• The report needs to be provided in a PDF or non-editable document format. If the valuation report does not meet the above guidelines, you will be required to liaise with the valuer to ensure it does.

Failure to do so will result in the valuation being rejected.


What does a Help to Buy valuation include:

– Inspection of the property by a surveyor local to the area

– Overview of the property, its construction, locations and accommodation

– Overview of the property’s general condition, with photographs

– Details of three comparable properties nearby that have been sold in the past 12 months

– Valuation of the property, with a detailed description of the evidence and assumptions used

In accordance with Target HCA requirements, valuations are valid for 3 months. If it is less than 2 weeks since the expiration date, we can carry out desktop research  valuation to extend the valuation for a further 3 months, for a small additional fee.


What does a Shared Ownership valuation include:


– Inspection of the property by a surveyor local to the area

– Overview of the property, its construction, locations and accommodation

– Overview of the property’s general condition, with photographs

– Details of three nearby properties that are similar to yours and have been sold within the time frame required by the housing association
– Valuation of the property, with a detailed description of the evidence and assumptions used.

In accordance with the relevant Housing Association requirements, valuations are valid for 3 months.  Then an updated version can be done if within the expiry and extended for a 3 months, which is free of charge.  A desktop version can be done for a small additional fee if the 3 months   deadline is missed or the Market Value figure changes.