Trevor Kearney, Director in Savills London based Country Department and head of the Surrey team talks about the company’s unique high end property network.

In the crowded world of property advisors there is nothing else quite like it. A network of the most experienced operators, dedicated to connecting buyers and sellers of high end properties in the most desirable locations across Surrey and West Sussex. The London based Country Department has a team of regional experts and coupled with the strength of the Savills global operation – an international brand with more than 650 owned and associate offices around the world, operating in over 60 countries and in the region alone has a network of local offices through Surrey and West Sussex – is unrivalled. If you combine this with the history of Savills itself, you won’t find another agency that has this level of knowledge and expertise in one team.

“It’s about considering the right approach for each individual property. That could mean an active marketing and social media campaign to get as many eyes on the property as possible, but can also mean introducing a select handful of buyers to a house that we feel could be a perfect match and conducting the promotion of the property in a more discreet and confidential fashion, depending on our clients wishes.”

Working in tandem with the local Surrey and West Sussex teams who have been operating in the region for several decades, my team in London is made up of four local experts, namely Paul Finnegan, Pippa Dougall, Theo James-Wright and Ben Hehir. “We all work together while each having an area of focus, this approach allows the team to provide a bespoke, hands on service to every client, especially in this increasing global market.”

Burgate House Godalming Surrey

Burgate House, Godalming, Surrey

A pivotal key to Savills success in the region is the longevity of its relationships, whether that be with a client, a buyer or an agent. Continued demand in the region means now more than ever, its Savills expertise, insight, local knowledge and understanding at both a national and regional level that acts as an asset which can help individuals make the most of opportunities in the current market. The team has witnessed a significant increase in applicants and viewings in January 2020 compared with December 2019, so the team is busier than ever. “Positivity and initiative are key to the team’s approach, our ethos is to always find a way to get things done for our clients.”

The allure of owning a home in Surrey or West Sussex lies in its broad appeal; for here are locations where coast meets country and where historic towns are bordered by traditional villages and where the internationally appealing new build homes on St. George’s Hill or the Wentworth Estate are forever sought-after. There is something to suit everyone. It is this variety which has contributed to the significant uplift in the number of new buyers registering with Kearney’s team and this is a theme which we see continuing to play out this year.

For the first time in several years the team is seeing marginal price growth and a real stability in the market for the first time since 2016. Due to the success of the Savills business in Surrey in 2019 and the start of 2020, active buyers are now significantly outnumbering the properties for sale, so this really demonstrates a good opportunity for vendors to launch their properties to the market.

To contact Trevor Kearney at Savills London Office, telephone 0207 409 8872. Email: [email protected]


This article also appears in the spring edition of Premier Magazine