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John D Wood’s Polly Ogden Duffy on achieving record results & challenging outdated views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

Interview: Hutton Bubear on expanding, diversifying & finding the perfect work/life balance

As revealed by PrimeResi today, former Battersea Power Station sales chief Mark Hutton and well-known Savills agent Charlie Bubear have taken up senior positions at Hutton Bubear – the boutique buying agency set up by their respective partners, Catherine & Alice. We speak to the team to find out about their big plans for the business, why they decided to leave the corporate world behind, and how to successfully balance work and family life…

Interview: Knight Frank’s Tim Hyatt on team morale, market resilience & the future of estate agency

On April 1st 2020, when the UK had been in lockdown for exactly nine days, Tim Hyatt took over the management of Knight Frank’s UK residential business and joined the group executive board. He succeeded Andrew Hay, who had been with the firm for 37 years. PrimeResi caught up with him shortly after the announcement of a third national lockdown to talk team spirit, market trends, future plans – and the agency’s ‘Cobra Room’ equivalent…

Interview: Marcus Bradbury-Ross & Charles Lloyd on launching CBRE’s new Private Office

Last year saw major-league agency CBRE bring together four Savills alumni – including one of PCL’s best-known agents, Charles Lloyd, and acquisition specialist Marcus Bradbury-Ross – to offer ‘bespoke and confidential advice to private clients on residential property across the globe’; speaking to PrimeResi, they discuss the challenges of starting a new venture in the middle of a global pandemic, avoiding conflicts of interest, and the key trends at play in the super-prime market…