‘I love doing the deals,’ says Sonal Thakrar. The past six months have been ‘brutally busy’ for her and her team: ‘We got more than our fair share of the market in terms of the high-value transactions’.
From the ‘Middle Eastern prince and princess’ and London-bound billionaires to ‘traders and investors buying buildings from overseas’, Ian Cooke is your global go-to. ‘I love the breadth of UHNW clients we see day-in and day-out,’ he says. ‘The insights, opinions and approaches to deals from these individuals make life interesting and enjoyable – certainly never dull but sometimes rather full-on!’
‘We’re seeing lots of high-value tenancy agreements for individual houses or apartments,’ Michael Ranson says – a result of SDLT, Brexit and some international people not wanting to take a long-term view about buying.
For Henry Stuart, a highlight of the past year was working on an acquisition of ‘what one agent described as the most perfect house in London – and was priced accordingly, north of £60 million’.
For Sarah Conway, MTG’s head of real estate, recent work includes advising on transactions valued at over £10 million. ‘That’s where we found there was value for money for international buyers with the currency play helping them,’ she explains.