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‘It was a good year for our London business, and now there is a renewed focus on buying more traditional country houses given the arbitrage between London and the country,’ says Peter Mackie, co-founder of the independent partnership Property Vision. As a leading visionary in the property market, the veteran adviser has witnessed much change in the buying market for his clients, and notes that his skills are essential to giving advice to both buyers and vendors. Property Vision prides itself on providing impartial and independent advice to clients with the substantial benefits that arise for clients by never acting in the sale of property. Mackie is keen to adapt to client needs, particularly when it comes to relocation: ‘There are many reasons why clients decide to buy in the UK, with lifestyle, security and education often being quoted. In particular clients from India and the Middle East are showing a resurgence but do not underestimate the amount of British buyers there are. ‘Challenges to the market remain the onerous SDLT,’ Mackie says, ‘changes in taxation for nondomiciles and the complexity in obtaining mortgages no matter who you are. We have seen the number of transactions fall by 60 per cent in the last year, although prices have remained surprisingly robust with discounts reflecting the increased SDLT. This has meant that our commercial property advisory service has become very popular for clients seeking yield and reliable income.’

Peter Mackie