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Heaton & Partners managing director Ed Heaton continues to take the firm he co-founded in 2013 from strength to strength. ‘We’re slightly ahead of 2018, which was in turn our best ever year,’ he says. ‘Given the trading conditions, we’re thrilled to have been able to have that consistency over the last two years.’
In a year marred by political drama and uncertainty, the former Savills director saw ‘a pick-up of people just wanting to get on with their lives’ in the country. ‘We bought quite a few second homes for people,’ he says. ‘In previous years, second home owners have not been quite so dominant.’
With one office in Knightsbridge and another in Berkshire, Heaton & Partners is one of the few firms to cover both capital and country. Heaton himself has extensive knowledge of both residential and agricultural property.
With the political storminess (hopefully) a thing of the past, he’s bullish about the market in 2020. ‘There’s an expectation that there will be a Boris bounce with certainty around Brexit and with certainty around the government as well,’ he notes. Any expectations of hefty price surges, however, are to be taken with a pinch of salt: ‘Any likely increase in prices this year is going to be extremely modest.’