Offering something very different to the household-name chain operations that characterise our high streets, boutique agencies are less prominent by their very nature, and need to make a name for themselves with sheer hard work, deal after deal.
Often owned by the people who run them day-to-day, the stakes are high, and — with transactions running terribly low — it’s been particularly tough out there of late. However, as Beauchamp Estates’ Gary Hersham writes, those firms which add real value will survive, and even prosper, when times are hard; being nimble in these kind of situations can often be a big advantage…
As you’d expect in a city where the property market is an international obsession, there’s no shortage of options. Recent research put the total number of agency branches in the capital at 2,900, with 241 in Westminster alone; the choice is nothing short of bewildering, but find a good one and they’ll be worth their weight in gold bricks.
With thanks to our learned readership for their input, we have aimed to capture a snapshot of the current scene, profiling 50 small firms that represent the very best the industry has to offer, brokering the finest and most interesting high-value properties in the capital, whilst providing exceptional levels of service with a genuinely personal touch at every turn.
Attracting praise from both clients and industry professionals alike for qualities including dedication, reliability, discretion, effectiveness, innovation and dynamism, they have all established and maintained highly-valued presences in their local communities — and places in the hearts of London’s most discerning buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords.