‘Easily the most active buying agent in prime central London by a mile — frantically busy and the best,’ a peer says of Nathalie Hirst. As such, 2016 was busy for Hirst, who has recently bought three homes on Egerton Crescent, one of the UK’s most expensive streets, in ten days. ‘Anything a little bit quirky or unusual [wins],’ she says. There is still a lack of supply, with sellers commonly mispricing stock: ‘Everyone thinks their houses are worth more than they are,’ says Hirst. ‘People sometimes need a reality check.’ Hirst is a discreet operator, with almost 70 per cent of over 21 years’ transactions completed off-market, and believes in the direct and honest approach to clients: ‘There has to be a lot of transparency,’ she says.