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The future isn't what it used to be

'An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than illumination'. The simple fact is we don't know but by understanding the present, we believe we have a better insight into events that are yet to come. Using the present to forecast the future is demonstrated by the three spirits that visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, which it later disproves when his salvation from meanness meant 'he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge'. In property terms, what has happened is no more a reliable guide to what will happen than the visions of the ghost of Christmas yet to come. London lead the property pack post credit crunch. This created a meteoric spike in prices by a market clever enough to work out for itself when the pot was over boiling. Alongside this, UK PLC has shown good growth, interest rates are predicted to remain low for the foreseeable and the Chancellor presented a present in time for Christmas of a stamp duty giveaway to anyone buying a property up to £937,000 and between £1,001,000 and £1,124,000. London is undoubtedly one of the worlds great cities but the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 voted Salisbury seventh best city. This lovely city, described as 'quintessentially English', was the only UK entry in the top 10 list. The guide uses phrases as flattering as Bill Bryson's notes from a small island did previously, 'its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes'. Whilst London is the beating financial heart of our country, its lungs, arms, legs and perhaps its soul can be found amongst green fields and our beautiful patchwork countryside. Improvements to transport and communications, with more planned, make rural life a reality for the City commuter. Shorter days at this time of year mean we all miss some of the splendour of the earlier part of the day but this is balanced out in spades by the glorious sunrises and sunsets either side of the equinox. Walking the dogs high on hills over the Chalke Valley, my mornings are marked by the dawn of a new day and yet I work in a vibrant, accessible rural city. As 2015 unfolds, in all likelihood, the appetite that London has shown for the quality of live and value for money to be found in Salisbury, will continue. It is set to be an exciting year, with the eighth centenary of Magna Carta 'igniting revelry across England', Salisbury - as the holder of the 'best-preserved original copy' - will be 'leading the charge'. This year, more than ever before, property will play a part over the holidays. In past years, we have seen a slope off early in the month, with long days of inactivity as the festive season gets underway. But not this year. Buyers are coming in, houses are being prepared for New Year campaigns and there is more talk than ever about peaks of activity over the season. According to Rightmove 'buyers are busy online over Christmas. There are nine days of holidays, starting on Christmas Eve, when people have time on their hands to window shop for new properties from the comfort of their own home, often testing out their new tablet and smartphone gifts in the process'. Winkworth Salisbury have had a wonderful first few months and we can't wait for 2015. Our interest is in the future and managing moves to the country. 'It's hard to imagine a more inspiring time to visit Salisbury'. Winkworth Salisbury          

'An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than illumination'. The simple fact is we don't know but by understanding the present, we believe we have a better insight into events that are yet to come.

Using the present to forecast the future is demonstrated by the three spirits that visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, which it later disproves when his salvation from meanness meant 'he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge'.

In property terms, what has happened is no more a reliable guide to what will happen than the visions of the ghost of Christmas yet to come. London lead the property pack post credit crunch. This created a meteoric spike in prices by a market clever enough to work out for itself when the pot was over boiling. Alongside this, UK PLC has shown good growth, interest rates are predicted to remain low for the foreseeable and the Chancellor presented a present in time for Christmas of a stamp duty giveaway to anyone buying a property up to £937,000 and between £1,001,000 and £1,124,000.

London is undoubtedly one of the worlds great cities but the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 voted Salisbury seventh best city. This lovely city, described as 'quintessentially English', was the only UK entry in the top 10 list. The guide uses phrases as flattering as Bill Bryson's notes from a small island did previously, 'its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes'.

Whilst London is the beating financial heart of our country, its lungs, arms, legs and perhaps its soul can be found amongst green fields and our beautiful patchwork countryside. Improvements to transport and communications, with more planned, make rural life a reality for the City commuter. Shorter days at this time of year mean we all miss some of the splendour of the earlier part of the day but this is balanced out in spades by the glorious sunrises and sunsets either side of the equinox. Walking the dogs high on hills over the Chalke Valley, my mornings are marked by the dawn of a new day and yet I work in a vibrant, accessible rural city.

Morning over Broad Chalke

As 2015 unfolds, in all likelihood, the appetite that London has shown for the quality of live and value for money to be found in Salisbury, will continue. It is set to be an exciting year, with the eighth centenary of Magna Carta 'igniting revelry across England', Salisbury - as the holder of the 'best-preserved original copy' - will be 'leading the charge'.

This year, more than ever before, property will play a part over the holidays. In past years, we have seen a slope off early in the month, with long days of inactivity as the festive season gets underway. But not this year. Buyers are coming in, houses are being prepared for New Year campaigns and there is more talk than ever about peaks of activity over the season. According to Rightmove 'buyers are busy online over Christmas. There are nine days of holidays, starting on Christmas Eve, when people have time on their hands to window shop for new properties from the comfort of their own home, often testing out their new tablet and smartphone gifts in the process'.Rc

Winkworth Salisbury have had a wonderful first few months and we can't wait for 2015. Our interest is in the future and managing moves to the country. 'It's hard to imagine a more inspiring time to visit Salisbury'.

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