We purchased a cottage in Alderley Edge through Gascoigne Halman (Tim Jackson) in 2000 and sold through them in 2008. Tim had also acted for us on the sale of our previous property in 2000. Although we very much wanted the cottage, the vendor would not negotiate and we decided to pull out. Tim, however, encouraged us to obtain the necessary additional funding as he was confident that it would be an excellent investment. We did as he recommended and have not looked back! When it came to selling the cottage in 2008, although the financial climate was not good, Tim found an excellent purchaser within two weeks who paid the asking price, enabling us to move to a different (and equally expensive) area of the country. It is now 2012 and, having improved a house in our new area and sold it well after two years, we are about to complete the major renovation on a country house in a wonderful location, something which would not have been possible had we remained cautious in 2000 and not taken Tim Jackson's advice.