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The tamed lion

This week has been punctuated by some lovely late winter sunshine, with snow drops showing an appearance and other spring-flowering bulbs have put up green shoots in readiness for some warmth to come. This week is also half term, which has, in recent years become a slower time for enquiries, as families spend time together with the children home from school. This has not been the case this year, with a steady stream of calls, visits to our offices and emails. The appetite for property is sharpened by recent falls in mortgage rates and just enough new supply of fresh properties, to keep momentum moving. The market had been henpecked by stamp duty hikes previously but the Autumn Statement made many buyers better off, with land tax reductions removing the old glass ceilings around thresholds. This, with record low long-term lending rates - is good news indeed. Ever since I first saw Henry IV Part One at the Barbican some thirty-five years ago, I have been hooked. From Edward Hall's Rose Rage to the wonderful The Hollow Crown, my love for this fascinating and pivotal period and Shakespeare's stunning plays has not waned. I have also been fortunate to sell my fair share of Tudor properties during this time too. My current fix is sated by marvelous adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels in Wolf Hall. Henry, like the market previously, is henpecked by Anne Boleyn, who he refers to as “my wife”, not “the queen”. But, as Mark Rylance's Machiavellian masterpiece that is Thomas Cromwell says, "he’s like the tamed lion – you may stroke it, but beware the claws". We later see Henry's said claws drawn when he reminds Cromwell he is a necessary evil. Henry rhetorically requests does Cromwell really think he keeps him close for his “company”, rather “I keep you because you are a serpent.” Its a dirty job, but someone has to do it and the rewards are handsome. However, he is also indebted to the king as a result, as expendable as the lawyers James Bainham and Thomas More. The market too can be a tamed lion, with an admirable if unpredictable quality. The 'claws' currently, are the unknown or rather the fear of it. A General Election will occur on the first full week of May and, as ever the outcome is uncertain as the weather. However, with talk of everything from a "Mansion Tax" to "rent regulation", a certain degree of caution is perhaps understandable. Yet, like the passing of the seasons, life goes on - plans are made and people move. 2015 is still young and UK PLC seems to be riding the storm well. With so many things to look forward to this summer, I can't really justify putting plans on hold in case there is a sea change in Westminster. Surely reduced stamp duty for much of the market, some staggering mortgage rates and terms and a market moving country-ward away from its London focus is reason enough' There are certain things we do so well in this country and one of them is history and historical dramas. We already have the backdrop, all around us and a breadth of home-grown talent that is mesmerizing. We have the people, we have the houses, with continued resolve, this year will be wonderful, whatever the outcome on May 7th. How much Cromwell contributed to More being sent to the scaffold is as unsure as is his hand in the subsequent similar fate of Anne. The only person who seems to see through Cromwell is the witty artist, Holbein. He leaves his analysis in the famous portrait. I imagine we will never truly know, as history is written by the winners. And as with most stars that burn twice as bright, this brewers son from Putney's brightness was half as long. Looking back, it will be fascinating to see what a year 2015 turns out to be. Certainly, Salisbury is vibrant and busy, and looking forward to a summer with highlights including a Turner Exhibition and the eighth hundred centenary celebrations of the Magna Carta. With more history and houses ahead, this is set to be a thrilling year! Winkworth Salisbury                

This week has been punctuated by some lovely late winter sunshine, with snow drops showing an appearance and other spring-flowering bulbs have put up green shoots in readiness for some warmth to come.

This week is also half term, which has, in recent years become a slower time for enquiries, as families spend time together with the children home from school. This has not been the case this year, with a steady stream of calls, visits to our offices and emails.

The appetite for property is sharpened by recent falls in mortgage rates and just enough new supply of fresh properties, to keep momentum moving.

The market had been henpecked by stamp duty hikes previously but the Autumn Statement made many buyers better off, with land tax reductions removing the old glass ceilings around thresholds. This, with record low long-term lending rates - is good news indeed.

Ever since I first saw Henry IV Part One at the Barbican some thirty-five years ago, I have been hooked. From Edward Hall's Rose Rage to the wonderful The Hollow Crown, my love for this fascinating and pivotal period and Shakespeare's stunning plays has not waned. I have also been fortunate to sell my fair share of Tudor properties during this time too.

My current fix is sated by marvelous adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels in Wolf Hall. Henry, like the market previously, is henpecked by Anne Boleyn, who he refers to as “my wife”, not “the queen”. But, as Mark Rylance's Machiavellian masterpiece that is Thomas Cromwell says, "he’s like the tamed lion – you may stroke it, but beware the claws". We later see Henry's said claws drawn when he reminds Cromwell he is a necessary evil. Henry rhetorically requests does Cromwell really think he keeps him close for his “company”, rather “I keep you because you are a serpent.” Its a dirty job, but someone has to do it and the rewards are handsome. However, he is also indebted to the king as a result, as expendable as the lawyers James Bainham and Thomas More.

The market too can be a tamed lion, with an admirable if unpredictable quality. The 'claws' currently, are the unknown or rather the fear of it. A General Election will occur on the first full week of May and, as ever the outcome is uncertain as the weather. However, with talk of everything from a "Mansion Tax" to "rent regulation", a certain degree of caution is perhaps understandable. Yet, like the passing of the seasons, life goes on - plans are made and people move.

2015 is still young and UK PLC seems to be riding the storm well. With so many things to look forward to this summer, I can't really justify putting plans on hold in case there is a sea change in Westminster. Surely reduced stamp duty for much of the market, some staggering mortgage rates and terms and a market moving country-ward away from its London focus is reason enough'

There are certain things we do so well in this country and one of them is history and historical dramas. We already have the backdrop, all around us and a breadth of home-grown talent that is mesmerizing. We have the people, we have the houses, with continued resolve, this year will be wonderful, whatever the outcome on May 7th.

How much Cromwell contributed to More being sent to the scaffold is as unsure as is his hand in the subsequent similar fate of Anne. The only person who seems to see through Cromwell is the witty artist, Holbein. He leaves his analysis in the famous portrait. I imagine we will never truly know, as history is written by the winners. And as with most stars that burn twice as bright, this brewers son from Putney's brightness was half as long.

Looking back, it will be fascinating to see what a year 2015 turns out to be. Certainly, Salisbury is vibrant and busy, and looking forward to a summer with highlights including a Turner Exhibition and the eighth hundred centenary celebrations of the Magna Carta.

With more history and houses ahead, this is set to be a thrilling year!

Winkworth Salisbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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