Top 10 London Buying
Known for his discretion and prowess in sealing some of the capital’s chunkiest residential deals, Robert Bailey is no stranger to the biggest and most expensive properties around. He had a long spell at Knight Frank – he was head of its private office for ten years – where he set up the firm’s dedicated buying arm, the Buying Solution. He then struck out on his own in 2005 to found his own eponymous buying agency.
Bailey describes 2017 as a ‘fantastic’ year for his growing boutique – the strongest in the past five, he says, thanks not least to a string of ‘very good’ deals. This included one ‘very big’ transaction for ‘one of the finest houses in Belgravia’ – but that’s all he’ll say about that, of course.
Bailey’s not one to fire and forget. ‘A lot of our competitors are quite short-termist,’ he says. ‘The keys get chucked through the letterbox and it’s on to the next one. That’s not how you build relationships. We look after people on an ongoing basis – they can call any time.’
Peers and clients unite in praise for the perspicacious Bailey. One fellow buying agent describes him as ‘constantly active and always with very good clients’, while one respected legal peer told Spear’s that Bailey remains a ‘first-class buying agent’.