Top Ten Country Specialist
‘It’s been my best year ever,’ announces Jess Simpson, who bought £80 million-worth of prime property and bagged ‘the biggest country deal’ in terms of estate in 2018. ‘We’ve been quite lucky we managed to dominate the top-end estates market,’ she says.
Simpson has seen an upsurge in the number of Londoners escaping to the countryside, making the market more resilient: ‘Their houses in London are not going to go up in value and they are deciding now’s the time to make the move.’
Two years ago she left Strutt & Parker to set up her own firm. She enjoys her freedom from more ‘corporate elements’. ‘It allows me to be more responsive,’ she says. ‘Clients need much more detailed, comprehensive advice,’ Simpson stresses. ‘You never just buy and then walk away – you’re involved all the way through, from getting involved in appointing project managers, architects and interior designers to advising on horses and guns.’ Clients range from billionaires to farmers. What gets Simpson out of bed in the morning is the challenge of ‘achieving the impossible’ for those who come to her. She hopes for more political stability in 2019, meanwhile: ‘I think there will be a bounce in confidence.’