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We ask Jess Simpson why she left Strutt & Parker to set up her own gig, to which she replies that independence is ‘a really hot topic’ in the industry. This is due to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ new guideline, which is putting ‘very strong restrictions’ on agencies who buy and sell at the same time. ‘It gives independent buying agencies like me a real opportunity,’ she says.
Advising sophisticated buyers now needs more finesse: ‘It seems like people’s requirements and their wishes are becoming more extreme and diverse, along with their wealth.’ Some whimsical demands include wanting land for ‘growing truffles, rearing camels and building treehouses’.