‘The last few months have been interesting,’ says Charlie Wells, MD at Prime Purchase. He has 24 years in farms and estates under his belt, covering everything from commercial farmland to sporting estates and large country houses. Clients are seeking advice more than ever before, he says: ‘They’re no longer panicking about finding the property, but about finding it, properly appraising it and making sure it’s a sound investment’. Although the M40, M4 and M3 corridors and ‘anywhere near a good airport or good road connections back to the capital’ remain the hot spots, people are increasingly travelling further afield. ‘It’s a lot more sophisticated out there than people were giving it credit for a few years ago,’ says Wells.