Public-sector house-building has fallen 46 per cent since 1993 to 23,800 units in 1998, says the rics
There are 753,200 empty homes in England, says the Guardian: 623,000 in the private sector; 81,700 council; 29,300 housing association; and 19,000 government (such as MoD).
1999's first quarter saw 49 per cent of surveyors experiencing a rise in output, compared with 12 per cent seeing a fall, says the rics.
There are 832,000 small building businesses in the uk employing 1.6 million workers, says the Telegraph.
A shed used as an artist's studio is expected to fetch £325,000 at auction this month. The Kensington building is 4.5m by 7.5m and has a 1.2m-wide hallway.
The average price of farmland - £6529 per hectare - is down 17 per cent from its zenith during the third quarter of 1997, says the rics.