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‘Now is the time to invest in Prime Central London’, is the view of James Bailey, Chief Executive of Henry & James. ‘After a period of uncertainty, buyers are returning to the market. A combination of factors is contributing to this positive sentiment, from low interest rates to increased political stability. London is still considered to be a safe haven around the globe.’ The Belgraviabased estate agency is one of the leading authorities on the housing market, with 67 years’ experience in central London. ‘Many of the offers we are receiving for both sales and lettings have been from UK and European clients, the very market which the gloomier post-Brexit analysts have identified as problematic.’ The dip in the value of the pound may have caused an increase in offers from inward investors: ‘Prime Central London is what it always has been — an appealing place to live and work.’ With over 30 years’ experience, Bailey is known and respected by contemporaries. He has worked in California and Singapore, and joined Henry & James in 2009. It is still, on balance, a buyer’s market, with supply exceeding demand at the top of the market. Realistic pricing remains the key. To adapt that old sporting cliché that form is temporary, but class is permanent, market fluctuations are temporary, but quality in Belgravia is permanent. Clients are full of praise, describing him as ‘friendly and extremely professional with a great personal touch — highly recommended’.

James Bailey