Location: Villages south of Guildford, Surrey.
Budget: £10,000 pcm for principal house and £3,000 pcm for staff house
Search Profile: Spacious character family house with high ceilings and plenty of light, with accommodation for three staff members on or near the property.
These international clients, moving from the USA, required an 18-24-month rental property. They were open to a range of architectural styles, but required a substantial, unfurnished, high-quality family home, together with additional provision for staff members.
Through an intense search, I was able to identify 10 homes that matched their brief. The clients made two short visits, one month apart, in order to orientate themselves and narrow the shortlist down to their preferred options.
After careful consideration, two properties were clear frontrunners. One had enormous period charm and a small lake and the other was a bright, spacious home with high ceilings and in pristine condition. Ultimately, the wonderful natural light of the latter option won over the clients who had previously lived on the sunny coast of California.
The property rental was initially offered off-market at £10,000 pcm, and was successfully negotiated down to £8,200 pcm – a significant 18% reduction.
I also secured an additional rental house in a neighbouring village for the client’s staff at £2,250 pcm.
My clients were absolutely delighted with the result.
"Quite simply, we could not have achieved what we have without Michael’s unfailing help and wisdom, not to mention his market knowledge and contacts. My wife has been seriously ill for some years and moving on our own is no longer an option. Michael has secured for us the house we have always wanted for our retirement. He has helped us optimise the sale of our home of 33 years, which could not have been more beneficial, and in a difficult rental market he has helped us secure somewhere very convenient while our new home is renovated. Throughout he has been the tower of strength that we have needed, always supportive and helping to minimise the strain and stress of the process. We could not have asked for more."
Mr & Mrs W - Milford, Surrey
"We have endured the trials and tribulations of property buying all our adult lives. Michael Oury has been a revelation. We will never again buy again without the expert advice and guidance of an agent like Michael. The house we love would never have been found, at the price negotiated, without him."
Mr & Mrs F - Cranleigh, Surrey
"Michael was an invaluable resource on our recent purchase, where his relationship and reputation with the selling agent enabled us to agree a deal on the house at the right price in a competitive environment. In today’s market our view is you need to have an edge to secure attractive properties; and Michael provided exactly that."
Mr & Mrs J - West Sussex
"It was such an enjoyable week of viewings...even with the silly masks it was made fun. Michael you have a very wicked sense of humour that I found just delightful. This was all a very pleasant unexpected addition on top of your professionalism, guidance and knowledge. Thank you so much for everything and making the process so very easy and enjoyable. You and Helen will definitely be invited as our first dinner guests!".
Mr & Mrs T - Switzerland
"We found selling a house after over 20 years and searching for something different a daunting prospect. Michael Oury has boundless energy and a deep knowledge of the housing market. He listened carefully to us and immersed himself in what we needed. Most importantly he helped to secure a successful and stress-free sale at the same time as steering us into exactly the right house for us… at the right price. He has wisdom, experience and great connections. We cannot recommend him highly enough".
Mr and Mrs C - Surrey
"Thank you Michael, without your expertise we most certainly would not have found our UK base. You provide a fantastic service and we consider ourselves lucky to call you a friend. We both look forward to the future in our new home".
Mr & Mrs D - LA, California
"Having sold our house for us many moons ago, we knew you would be the right person for our next move! Your support, assistance and guidance is invaluable. Thank you so much!".
Mr & Mrs F - West Sussex
"Michael we can't think of anyone better to provide such a service, with your local knowledge, reputation, discretion and sheer tenacity. Our transactions with you over the years have been hugely successful".
Mr & Mrs M - Surrey
"Michael, I don't know what I would have done without your expertise in guiding me through the numerous architect meetings to orchestrate the planned gutting and refurbishment of my London home. The team of professionals you introduced and managed impressed me no end with a first class job! I will be recommending you without hesitation".
Mr P - Chelsea, London
"Michael, now that we have moved in, we wanted to thank you so much for all of your hard work, guidance, expertise, assistance, dependability, service (above and beyond) and just plain good enjoyable company! We are looking forward to having you over next week to toast our new house...seems only fitting!".
Mr & Mrs W - Guildford
"Michael was an incredible help finding a new premises for my business, a process that was proving difficult given my new specific requirements. There was nothing immediately available, however Michael used all his skills and connections to identify several potentially ideal locations, one of which we have now agreed to move ahead with. Michael is highly professional, an excellent communicator, full of sound advice and he's good company!".
Mr C - London
"Thank you so much for all your wonderful help and for being there for us. I'm so thankful we were on this rollercoaster ride with you by our side! Cheers Michael and a BIG thank you for all your support and hard work."
Mr & Mrs S - London
"I have recently sold my house in Ockham and Michael has been instrumental in helping me do this. As I am elderly, having Michael guiding and advising me to avoid the typical stress and pitfalls was very helpful and necessary. He was able to answer any questions I had in a calm and reassuring manner and dealt with the negotiations excellently. I would thoroughly recommend him as an experienced adviser in the property world."
Mrs B - Ockham, Surrey