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If you were looking to sell a house in the country, chances are someone would recommend you speak to Rupert Sweeting. Knight Frank’s country head has been living and breathing the countryside for his entire adult life, having joined from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester over 30 years ago. There’s been no shortage of market flux recently — not least increased Stamp Duty, the general election, Brexit and the US election: ‘They have given the nervous an excuse to prevaricate,’ Sweeting says. ‘Others have realised life goes on, bricks and mortar are a sound investment and there are houses to buy!’ He says the market has been ‘remarkably resilient since the recent election’, with more sales than last year in the corresponding period year on year. He also notes a surge of international buyers capitalising on a weaker sterling, with some properties selling for big premiums ‘which surprise the vendors and even us!’ He offers advice to buyers: ‘Buy now to take advantage of low mortgage rates, and be flexible in your offer regarding completion.’ And for sellers: ‘Get on the market. We have sold more houses this year than last, so there is an imbalance of supply and demand.’ Clients and peers alike cite Sweeting’s endless ‘patience and sensitivity’. When selling for you, ‘no one will work harder’, but if you’re buying he’ll always drive a hard bargain.

Rupert Sweeting
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