‘A lot of people selling at the moment are circumstance-driven, and I enjoy doing the utmost to help,’ says David Adams, director of Humberts’ Mayfair office. Adams is increasingly selling beyond central London, such as in Henley, Ascot and Southampton. He is also selling more new builds than in the past, when he was specialising in second-hand prime central London apartments. ‘Quite a few developers are giving me properties because of the success I’m having in setting record prices. I set the record price in Nine Elms last year and in Canary Wharf.’ The challenge and variety of his work ‘makes life considerably more interesting’, he believes.