Interview: Samuel & Martin Bikhit on Berkshire Hathaway’s latest agency acquisition & Prime London ambitions

As revealed by PrimeResi today, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network has significantly boosted its presence in Prime Central London, acquiring longstanding Knightsbridge agency Marler & Marler. In this exclusive interview, Samuel & Martin Bikhit of BHHS London Kay & Co, whose family-run agency joined the US-based franchise network in 2018, extol the virtues of a global referral network, discuss the next stage of the acquisition drive, and explain why the ‘escape to the country’ trend is just a fad…

Interview: Boomin founder Michael Bruce on his big plan to ‘reset the balance of power in the property industry’

The founder of Britain’s most successful hybrid estate agency, Purplebricks, is about to launch his next big venture: taking on Rightmove and Zoopla with a new portal that’s being billed as “the next generation property site”. Boomin has the potential to “reset the balance of power in the industry”, says Michael Bruce in this PrimeResi Q&A…

Interview: Battersea Power Station’s new head of resi, Meriam Lock-Necrews, on why 2021 is a ‘pivotal’ year

Meriam Lock-Necrews recently joined the Battersea Power Station team as Head of Residential, taking the reins as the £9bn scheme enters a “pivotal” stage. In this exclusive interview with PrimeResi, the former Head of Super Prime Residential Development at Knight Frank shares her insights into London’s shifting property landscape, game-changing developments, gender diversity in the real estate industry, and why 2021 will be “the most transformational year yet” for the Battersea Power Station project.

Interview: Jess Simpson on the country market revival & why the property industry needs to embrace flexible working

PrimeResi meets top buying agent Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills director and the former head of Strutt & Parker’s buying arm, who set up her eponymous firm in 2018 and now heads an all-female team specialising in acquiring country houses, estates and farmland across England. Here, she discusses the remarkable resurgence in the country market over the last 12 months, her most challenging searches to date, and the importance of letting your own success speak for itself…

Interview: Mandarin Oriental’s Adelina Wong Ettelson on the rise of branded residences & five-star living

Continuing our series of interviews with women leaders in the world of property, PrimeResi speaks with Adelina Wong Ettelson, Global Head of Residences Marketing at Mandarin Oriental, finding out how the luxury hospitality brand plans to double its resi portfolio in the next five years, and what’s driving the surge in demand for hotel-style living in London – and around the world…

John D Wood’s Polly Ogden Duffy on achieving record results & challenging outdated views

Recently appointed as the first female MD of one of the UK’s oldest estate agencies, Polly Ogden Duffy has just overseen an outstanding year of trading at John D Wood – in the face of some extraordinary market conditions. In this exclusive interview with PrimeResi, she discusses record results, expansion plans, and changing the industry for the better…