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European and US stock markets fell at the end of the week, along with oil prices. This is due to a number of factors, with a slowdown in the powerhouse that has been the German economy perhaps at the heart of these worries. With wet weather and talk of the UK housing market slowing, it seems the glass is returning to half empty. However, this is not entirely true. Following the most wonderful summer and the driest September on record, we are experiencing a soggy period before autumn gets underway and it is understandable if spirits wain somewhat. Although I am a new business owner in Salisbury, I am not new to the city, either as an agent or a resident. I have long-held the belief that Salisbury is under valued. I said the same thing in London in the early nineties, when earnings to house prices were a more reliable formula. The clients who heeded my advice then have surely reaped rewards, whilst they enjoyed living in lovely homes. Price and value are not the same but the difference between Salisbury and Winchester is twenty-five miles, yet house prices are almost a third higher per square metre at £2,060 in Salisbury, compared to an average of £2,813 in Winchester. Travel ninety minutes by train to London and in the borough of Westminster, the average home costs £7,587 per square metre. Averages don't really apply to the wonderfully individual properties our clients ask us to act for but they do put into context the drum I have been banging. Salisbury is a level city of ancient streets around a vibrant market square. The skyline is punctuated by the magnificent cathedral and it has amazing schools. The people are the friendliest I have met and both the prettiest countryside and links east to London and west for holidays, are all at hand. For the price of a London flat, life in one of our oldest and most beautiful cities has comparatively never been better value. The history of the place is intoxicating and the number of independent shops, eateries and services in the city is reminiscent of a more gentle time, where you really could get everything you needed without ever leaving Salisbury. Time will tell but with the promise of a glorious autumn ahead and the prospect of spending Christmas in a new home, either in the city or countryside still achievable, my own view is positive and my glass half full. With the country sports calendar about to get into full swing, fields and woods hold a magic of their own. Seasonality is perhaps one of the things our countryside does best and as days shorten, we can enjoy the riches of the season. From fireside glows to warming recipes, autumn in the country is a special time, and there has never been a better time to make the move. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

European and US stock markets fell at the end of the week, along with oil prices. This is due to a number of factors, with a slowdown in the powerhouse that has been the German economy perhaps at the heart of these worries.

With wet weather and talk of the UK housing market slowing, it seems the glass is returning to half empty. However, this is not entirely true. Following the most wonderful summer and the driest September on record, we are experiencing a soggy period before autumn gets underway and it is understandable if spirits wain somewhat.

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Although I am a new business owner in Salisbury, I am not new to the city, either as an agent or a resident. I have long-held the belief that Salisbury is under valued. I said the same thing in London in the early nineties, when earnings to house prices were a more reliable formula. The clients who heeded my advice then have surely reaped rewards, whilst they enjoyed living in lovely homes. Price and value are not the same but the difference between Salisbury and Winchester is twenty-five miles, yet house prices are almost a third higher per square metre at £2,060 in Salisbury, compared to an average of £2,813 in Winchester. Travel ninety minutes by train to London and in the borough of Westminster, the average home costs £7,587 per square metre.

Averages don't really apply to the wonderfully individual properties our clients ask us to act for but they do put into context the drum I have been banging. Salisbury is a level city of ancient streets around a vibrant market square. The skyline is punctuated by the magnificent cathedral and it has amazing schools. The people are the friendliest I have met and both the prettiest countryside and links east to London and west for holidays, are all at hand. For the price of a London flat, life in one of our oldest and most beautiful cities has comparatively never been better value.

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The history of the place is intoxicating and the number of independent shops, eateries and services in the city is reminiscent of a more gentle time, where you really could get everything you needed without ever leaving Salisbury.64 High Street resized

Time will tell but with the promise of a glorious autumn ahead and the prospect of spending Christmas in a new home, either in the city or countryside still achievable, my own view is positive and my glass half full. With the country sports calendar about to get into full swing, fields and woods hold a magic of their own. Seasonality is perhaps one of the things our countryside does best and as days shorten, we can enjoy the riches of the season. From fireside glows to warming recipes, autumn in the country is a special time, and there has never been a better time to make the move.

Thoughts of a day in the field

Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

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