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    We care about helping people move

    Welcome to Chestnut Solutions Property Specialists, a family run business owned and run by husband and wife team Richard and Julie Bray. We live in York itself and have children at the local schools, therefore not only do we offer years of professional expertise but also invaluable local knowledge.

    We pride ourselves on providing a truly personal bespoke service, tailor made to individual needs, whether you are looking to buy, sell or invest in property. All of our services and systems have been created with the client in mind; endeavouring to deliver the best possible service, avoiding the stumbling blocks we have identified over the years. Everyone is different, which is why we always take the time to understand your situation and offer straightforward honest advice, specific to YOU.

    We understand that moving house can be stressful, especially for those who have lived in their family home for many years and are unfamiliar with the process. Our personal service seamlessly guides you through the entire process. We liaise with all third parties on your behalf and make sure you are not left in the dark or feeling overwhelmed. Along with outstanding customer service, our unique marketing strategy ensures you get the best possible price for your property and a quick turnaround.

    Investors are given equal care and consideration. Whether you are an experienced investor or just starting out, we are able to help. Again, offering a professional bespoke service taking into account your specific requirements. Even if that is to simply register brief details so that you can be contacted about potential investments.

    For more information, advice or a free no obligation valuation, please get in touch. We are open 7 days a week.

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Selling with Chestnut Solutions
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    We are all unique

    As with everything in life, one size does not fit all. We understand that everyone has different requirements and offer a bespoke service tailormade to your individual needs, we also offer a more discrete service and will source properties.

    We ensure that all clients benefit from our unique marketing strategy, ensuring you get the best possible price for your property. Furthermore, you will receive a personal service guiding you through the entire process, liaising with all third parties on your behalf. You will not be pushed from pillar to post and will receive regular updates so that you do not have to do any chasing.

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    The benefits of being local
    Having lived and worked in the area for many years, clients benefit from our local knowledge. During this time we have also built many friendships and connections that can be drawn upon. We work with local investors and professionals and have a database of people looking for a variety of properties.
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    We only get paid on results
    We only  get paid when your property completes. It is in our interest to ensure your property sells quickly, for a premium price and in an efficient manner. Therefore, creating a win - win situation.

    We also provide professional negotiation for your onward purchase, ensuring you buy your next home for the best possible price.
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    Get in touch
    To find out more and discuss various options or arrange a free no obligation valuation please call us today. We are open 7 days a week.
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Buying with Chestnut Solutions
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    Residential
    At Chestnut Solutions Property Specialists we pride ourselves on delivering top quality, personal customer service. We do not believe in leaving you hanging once an agreement has been made and ensure you are kept fully up to date. Not only will we help you find your dream home, we will also guide you through the entire buying process, liaising with all third parties on your behalf.

    For those looking for something very specific and perhaps hard to find, we also offer a sourcing service.

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    Investors

    Whether you are looking to buy your first investment property or are an experienced investor we are able to help. We have experience working with those looking to buy just one property and those with a larger budget looking to invest in a portfolio, commercial property or land. Please feel free to contact us for advice and/or to discuss the types of investments you are interested in.

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    Get in touch
    We understand that, as with everything, one size does not fit all and offer a bespoke service tailor made to you. We are open 7 days a week, please get in touch today to discuss our services.
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    Moving house is about team work. There are many parts that need to be coordinated often involving several properties, Solicitors, Mortgage Brokers, Surveyors and Removal Services. A key part of our service is to communicate with these various parties to ensure the process runs smoothly.

    Chestnut Solutions have a team of preferred professionals that we routinely recommend. These businesses have been chosen due to the high level of expertise and professionalism we have seen them deliver over years of working alongside them. We prefer to work with truly independent local businesses who, like us, are client centred and put their customer first.

    Chestnut Solutions feel it is important to support local businesses. Where possible local suppliers are used, and meetings held at independent venues. Giving local people business not only helps support them and their families but York as a whole. It keeps local people in work, who will in turn support other local businesses and help keep York a thriving wonderful place to live. Keeping things local also helps keep our carbon footprint low and is in line with our environmental and no waste policy.

    You are not under any obligation to use the services of any of the recommended providers. When making a recommendation some businesses do pay us a referral fee or give us a gratuities gift (full details provided to clients when making a recommendation). Should you accept our recommendation the provider is expected to pay any corresponding referral fee. This fee is separate from your obligation to pay your own fees or commission.
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Getting to know us little better
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    It is always good to be able to put a name to a face - we are husband and wife team Richard and Julie Bray. Most of us want to do deal with people we know, like and trust. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to help you get to know us a little better and hopefully in turn will be given the opportunity to get to know you too.
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    Background
    We met at Newcastle University, Richard was studying Agriculture and Julie read Psychology. Richard grew up in Malton and has lived in the York area since he was ten. Our link to York began soon after meeting when we got engaged here and decided that this was the place we wanted to settle. After Graduating we moved to Cawood, just outside York, before finally fulfilling our dream and moving to York itself. 

    Our backgrounds are varied. Richard is originally from a farming background and has a proven track record in sales. Julie's background is in communications and customer service. Richard started out as an estate agent in 2006 and Julie became involved in 2010.
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    Family first
    We are family orientated and love nothing more than spending time with our two boys James and William. Both boys are keen rowers and regularly compete in local and national competitions. James trialled for Henley Royal Regatta and William won a silver medal in the British Rowing Junior Championships in 2019. We believe in working hard and doing the best you can. As a family we enjoy comedy, being social and are eager to get involved and try new things.
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    Why we enjoy what we do
    Being an estate agent in York is great, you get to meet so many different types of people from all walks of life. That is probably what we like the most; meeting different people and helping them achieve their goals. 

    Now you know a little about us, it would be great to meet you, get to know you and see how we can help you and your family.
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    Some of clients we have helped recently....
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    Testimonials from Sellers

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      I'm highly delighted by their service.
      I chose Chestnut Solutions to sell my house because they seemed refreshingly different from other more established estate agents. Richard has lots of experience selling houses and is very good at listening to what the client wants and tailoring his advice and expertise to suit the individual. Chestnut Solutions try harder and are more efficient than other estate agents I've used in the past. (I've moved house lots of times). I'm highly delighted by their service and would recommend them and chose them again myself.  Cher Wainwright
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      Richard Bray provides a gold standard service
      My sister and husband had lived in their house in a village outside York for 35 years when we persuaded them to move nearer to us in Sheffield in order that we could support them as both had health problems. This was very daunting for both of them but when my sister met Richard Bray when he came to value their house, her gut instinct told her Richard was the person to see them through the selling process. She explained to him that they would need a lot of support as it was so long since they had sold a house and they were very nervous about doing it. My sister's instincts proved to be spot on as Richard was wonderful from the beginning to the end of the sale. I was also heavily involved in the process and Richard communicated with us all throughout. His valuation of the property was spot on due to his knowledge of property values in the surrounding area. The supporting literature that he produced did much to promote the property. He recommended a very good solicitor and liased with him at all times during the sale. Richard showed such kindness and care towards us all, going out of his way to reassure us through the stressful times and making himself available when we needed reassurance, he always returned our calls the same day often after office hours. He was in constant contact with the buyers and their solicitors and also the buyers further down the chain which enabled the sale to go through quickly and smoothly.Not only did Richard support us with the sale but when my sister and husband found a property in Sheffield he offered to negotiated with the estate agent there. It was due to Richard's excellent negotiating skills that my sister and husband bought their new property at a very reasonable price. The estate agent here in Sheffield was very impressed with him and said we were very lucky to have such a wonderful estate agent.When we contracted Richard to sell my sister's property it became obvious that he was good at his job and had an extensive knowledge of property values throughout the area of York. It was also clearly evident that he loved his work and that he felt he had a moral and ethical duty to do the best for his clients. He was a pleasure to deal with, not only because he so professional but because he was just a very nice person. Richard Bray provides a gold standard service and I would not hesitate to recommend him. Isobel George
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      I found the service 1st rate
      I have found the service provided first rate from the first introduction through to completion and moving into our new home. Always paid great attention to the details with a deep understanding of both the market and the procedures and regulations involved in selling and buying a house. I have recommended Chestnut Solutions to family and friends who have, and will use, their services in the future.  James Fowler
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      An excellent service in selling our house
      Richard gave us excellent service in selling our house in York, but what we really appreciate was the support he gave in helping us to buy our new home (it felt as if we had Kirsty or Phil leading our negotiations!) Pat & Trevor Reynolds
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      Richard was attentive, supportive and responsive
      My experience with Richard and Chestnut was simply outstanding in every regard. Mine was not a simple house to sell, it needed active selling and, even then, there were disappointments and Covid to deal with. Richard addressed each issue and challenge with confidence and professionalism, providing clear and honest assessments, options and guidance. Alongside these key attributes, Richard's upbeat outlook helped get us through a couple of difficult days. It helps that he also happens to a really nice guy; it's a bit corny l know, but l never felt he was working for me, more like having a friend sell my house.I'd never use any of the online agents - l have tried them before - once you've paid them they have ZERO motivation to sell your house. Richard was attentive, supportive and responsive, always returning calls promptly and always keeping me informed of developments.Top man, top company! Ignore the big boys, use an agent that know their stuff AND care!!! P. Moran
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      Would recommend to anyone
      Richard has sold 2 properties for my partner and I over the last 12 months.The first was a property in quite a niche market in rural York and was quite a sensitive sale. Richard was the second agent to market the property and the difference was night and day. The quality of the photographs and general presentation of the advert was first class, this lead to a quick and easy sale. The second property was an apartment in York City Centre. Richard again displayed great knowledge of the market and found me a first time buyer very quickly and provided a stress free sale.All in all very happy with every aspect of the service and would recommend to anyone. C. Long
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      Richard was friendly, professional and organised
      Richard was friendly, professional and organised. He guided us through each step of the process and was always available to answer any questions we had. He operates with honesty, transparency and integrity.In general, we were blown away by the pace at which Richard works. It's obvious that he gives a lot of attention to every property that he takes on. He went out of his way to find potential buyers who were suited to our unique home.And finally, Richard has an extensive network of solicitors, movers and handymen, which was very useful. It saved a lot of time and stress.We gladly recommend Richard to everyone! A. Adhikari

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      They understood the brief perfectly
      I was personally introduced to Richard and Julie by another satisfied customer and I asked them to find me a property. They understood the brief perfectly and managed to find the ideal property which had not yet been put on the market and this gave me a period of exclusivity to negotiate a deal. I would gladly recommend and Yorkshire home buyers or sellers to Chestnut Property Solutions. Nick Bradley
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      My transaction was the smoothest ever
      A breath of fresh air. Richard was efficient professional but also friendly. My transaction was the smoothest ever. Chestnut Solutions comes highly recommended. J. Robins
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      Richard was very nice and friendly
      Richard was very nice and friendly and helped us with decisions when purchasing the property. He also recommended an excellent mortgage advisor and helped us with choosing a solicitor. P. Farshim
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      Would 100% recommend to anybody
      Richard and Julie are not only fantastic estate agents but also amazing people. I was a first time buyer and they were incredibly helpful and informative throughout the process. Would 100% recommend to anybody. D.Bracey
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      Heartily recommend using this company
      Richard is a very personable character, and a gentleman. We were one of his buyers, and yet he supported us through the process (which was a nightmare for lots of reasons at our end), was very pleasant to talk to, and genuinely seemed to care that everyone was happy. He had to manage all this with some difficult clients instructing him, and we were grateful for the way he handled the process, and at the same time he got a good result for his clients, too. Heartily recommend using this company- we would ourselves if we ever move again (hopefully never!). Bit of a rarity in the world of estate agents and property management. T. Bell
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