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The chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review (AJ 18.7.02) will be good for the UK, according to a poll of voters.Some 46 per cent said it would either be 'very good'or 'reasonably good', while only 27 per cent think it will be bad.

lnvestment in residential property had a 17.1 per cent return in 2001, making it the single best investment in the UK, according to the Independent Property Databank.This compares with losses in the stock market of 13.2 per cent.

A Which? magazine survey of 80 members of the public who were dissatisfied with their surveyor's report has found that in 90 per cent of cases a defect was overlooked, ranging from missing tiles to dry rot.

ln the first quarter of 2002, 12 per cent more chartered surveyors reported a fall in new sales and lettings than reported a rise, according to a recent RICS commercial property survey.

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