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A Friend in the Business

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office takes a look ahead at the 2018 autumn/winter property market in the final months of the pre-Brexit period. Those of us who have been connected to the property market for many years will have seen a number of ups and downs. But I am quite sure we...

Swings and Roundabouts

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office looks at some of the many positives in the autumn property market. As we look forward to the autumn season in the 2018 property market the naysayers may well be citing Brexit as reason enough not to make a house move. They may say there is too much...

The Art of Negotiation - 5

The property deal is agreed but not finalised, there is a willing buyer and a willing seller. Both sides have argued their points, compromised a bit, decided on a price and appointed solicitors. The buyer has arranged finance, and a surveyor. What could possibly go wrong? Well...

A Spanner in the Works

Ask anyone who is putting their property on the market about how long the legal side of things could take once they find a buyer and most will say about eleven weeks. Oh, would that it were only eleven weeks! Today the national average period taken to get from acceptance of an...

The Art of Negotiation - 4

There is a time in the course of a negotiation when the wheels sometimes come close to falling off. We can see this with Donald Trump pulling out of the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un. And we can see it with Brexit when the House of Lords decided to vote against the government...

Bottoms Up

Nick Churton of Mayfair takes a look at what and who is driving the property market this spring. In property there are top-down people and bottom-up people. The top-down people seem to believe that wealthy overseas buyers and those spending their city bonuses drive the property...

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office looks at how important making the right choice of agent is when planning your next property move. Markets are forever in flux. That is their nature. So our handling of them must be flexible too. In the stock market we can buy, hold or sell...

Reading Between The Lines

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office looks at press reporting on the current property market and finds that there is more going on than the papers would have us believe. The press always have lots to say about the property market. But let’s take a look at what they aren’t...

The Art of Negotiation Part 3

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office explains the all-important third phase in a property negotiation. Most, if not all, property negotiations run on similar lines. The first phase is the easy and fun bit. Both sides get to shout at each other, dig their heels in, complain how...

Budging the Problem

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn budget and how it affects the property market. In the autumn budget the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond made a series of changes designed to help the housing sector. Abolishing stamp duty for...