Michael J Chapman

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Managing a work-life balance in the era of the smart phone, with its incessant dings as yet another email drops through the inbox, is a twenty-first century challenge. And it is not only our mobile devices that have blurred the boundaries. Our offices have become more like homes and our homes are far more likely to include working areas. Much has been written about the changing nature of...
  Details of the UK’s most expensive property sale have just been registered by the Land Registry. A penthouse apartment at One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge has sold for £160 million.   The stamp duty bill alone for the property is a whopping £19.1 million, or just shy of £24 million if the property is a second home.   To put this into...
The long record-breaking summer has made outdoor living a way of life this year and is a reminder of just how green and pleasant our land can be. Only 0.1% of UK land is densely built upon – a statistic that took many people by surprise. In a poll conducted by IPSOS MORI earlier this year, the public hugely overestimated the figure, with a mean guess of 47%. In fact it caused...
£873 billion – the total value of mortgage debt across England, according to the latest data released by UK Finance. That equates to just over £130,000 for every owner occupier mortgaged household across England. The level of mortgage debt is rising, up 2% on a year ago, and 8% higher than four years ago. That’s not surprising given stretched affordability and the...
Over the past year over 16,200 properties sold across England and Wales boasted a price tag of £1 million or more, just 1.85% of all property transactions. As you would expect volumes vary significantly by region. One in every 10 properties sold across London bust the £1 million barrier and one in every 50 across the South East, while the ratio in the North East and Wales was...
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