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Avoiding the Feeble

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office finds that there is not only life in the property market this spring, but also some wonderful opportunities. Some of us remember the last time the property market had few cash buyers, not many buy-to-let investors and relatively few second and...

Reading the Market

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office reflects on a property market affected by Brexit and uncertainty, but showing some clear signs of resilience. It has been a trying two years since the Brexit referendum. No market likes uncertainty, and the property market is no exception. It is...

Love Is All You Need

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office takes a romantic look at the property market this February. We've reached February, the month of snow and romance. Most of us are looking for something in February - a dozen roses under a hundred pounds, warm clothes, the ideal summer holiday and...

To Brexit and Beyond

Nick Churton of Mayfair Office ponders the property market in Brexit year, 2019, and explains some home truths amongst many unknowns. There was a time before 1973, the year of the UK's first big property boom, when houses and flats were seen as investments, but hardly as...

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...