‘It’s been a stellar year!’ enthuses Trevor Kearney. ‘The North Surrey area and the private estates of Wentworth, St George’s Hill and the Crown Estate are all performing incredibly well, and we’ll finish well ahead of last year.’
The Savills director, who leads the Super Prime business in Surrey, East Berkshire and West Sussex has had tremendous successes in the area over the past decade, including a significant 2019 off-market sale in Sunningdale for £15 million to a family returning to the UK from LA. Although discreet, its significance did not get missed – it was recorded to be the highest pound per square foot paid for a new house outside prime central London in 2019. Similarly difficult to ignore is the rise and rise of social media as a force to be reckoned with in the property market. The tech savvy adviser has received immense response to his Instagram feed @SuperPrimeSurrey: ‘I am selling houses and gaining new clients as a direct result of my social media presence – I think this is the future.’
It’s quite a feat for Kearney, who became the youngest partner at Knight Frank at the age of 26, and was then made the youngest director at Savills at 28. He describes his field as ‘an obsession’. ‘To be the best at anything you do, you have to give everything and become totally immersed in it,’ he tells Spear’s. Kearney is an integral part of the super-prime ecosystem and not only produces successful deals, but also has an encyclopedic knowledge of the market. Kearney has spent the past decade or so selling homes within the super-prime bracket and has accumulated an unrivalled black book, from CEOs and celebrities to entrepreneurs, development elites and even, on occasion, royalty. In fact, he is the highest-billing fee earner in the country market at Savills. He is also a Director of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment team, regularly acting on behalf of sports personalities and high-profile entertainment professionals to find suitable homes and investments in the UK and abroad.
Despite having seen many highlights in his 15-year career, an important memory was when he first realised he became a trusted adviser. Kearney was instructed to act on behalf of a ruling Middle Eastern royal to acquire a high profile home in Surrey. He was asked to give further advice to the family on myriad property matters. ‘Many years on, and they remain friends,’ he tells Spear’s, ‘and I’ve since helped several of their family members buy and sell homes in the UK.’
Asked to name his professional hero, Kearney names none other than Private Office founder David Forbes. ‘He is probably the finest estate agent and adviser to ever walk the planet!’ enthuses Kearney. ‘I am in complete awe of both his “black book” and his exceptional work rate.’