The Search

Establishing the brief
  • An initial meeting in person, ideally in your home, to listen and fully understand your aspirations, desired timescale, geography and budget
  • Together, we collaborate to build your brief, with Michael’s specialist knowledge and experience to define the parameters of the search and to highlight any aspects not previously considered
  • Moving forward, you will receive clear communication and regular updates throughout the process
The search
  • Based on your brief, Michael will carry out an extensive search of suitable on and off-market properties, leaving no stone unturned
  • Each property will be previewed and analysed to identify its pros and cons, to create a viable shortlist of recommendations to be considered
  • Viewings for your preferred chosen properties will be arranged and accompanied by Michael
  • A thorough discussion and debrief process will identify the next steps
Research and advice
  • In-depth checks on your chosen property and its surroundings
  • Detailed analysis of the property, including comparable sales and values within the area
  • Agree and formalise a strategy for moving forward to negotiation
Assembling the right team
  • One of the most important processes is the careful selection of any additional professionals and specialists you may need to secure the process, through from negotiation to completion and beyond
  • If required, Michael can provide recommendations and credentials for solicitors, chartered surveyors, planning consultants, structural engineers, architects and building contractors
The negotiation
  • Fully recognising value is a vital part of the negotiation process
  • Michael is experienced in finding the right balance between acquiring a property at the optimum price and, most importantly, securing it
  • Michael’s reputation, expertise and prior research will undoubtedly add considerable weight to your bargaining power
Due diligence
  • Michael will work closely with all appointed trusted advisors, particularly solicitors and surveyors, ensuring awareness of all practical elements of the property and surroundings
  • Comprehensive inspections will be arranged, where required, to ensure all critical information, such as related planning, boundaries and rights of way, is uncovered
Post completion
  • Michael, and his team, will remain available to support and consult with any future property plans
  • Further specialists, such as landscape gardeners and interior designers, can be recommended and appointed


There are many reasons why a client might wish to rent: a company relocation, international or within the UK; a preference over purchase; a temporary fix whilst in search of the right purchase; or perhaps a stop-gap during the refurbishment of a current home.


Whatever your situation, Michael’s in-depth knowledge and contacts within the rental field match those in the sales market.


The rental market is fast moving and requires swift decisions in order to capture the right opportunity. The search process for rentals encompasses much of that for purchase, bar the need for assembling additional professionals.


"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

"Opening the right doors...."