Strutt & Parker has a new dedicated farm and estate agent to help landowners buy and sell land across Northumberland, Cumbria and County Durham.
Sarah Parsons has moved to Strutt & Parker’s Morpeth office, to develop the estates and farm agency department, alongside the existing land management, farming and estate agency services on offer.
Sarah, who was previously based at Strutt & Parker’s head office in London, has 13 years of experience dealing with the sale, purchase and valuation of farms and estates, both on the open market and privately. Prior to moving to London, she worked as a land agent in Scotland.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work in the north of England - it feels like a return to my home turf as I was born and raised in north Northumberland,” she says.
“I’m passionate about this area and all that it offers. The region has it all as far as farmland is concerned, from prime grade I arable land through to heather moorland and much in-between.
“The wide variation in land types does mean that there is also a wide variation in land prices, but that is where a company like Strutt & Parker – which can draw on specialist teams in planning and development, farming and land management – can help to get the best results.
“For example, we may advise a landowner not to sell immediately and investigate ways to add value to the farm or estate, or highlight where there is potential to do so, which means even if people don’t want to embark on a project themselves they can share in the uplift in value.”
Demand for farmland is typically coming from people who want to expand their existing farms and estates, or individuals and institutions looking to take advantage of capital growth or roll over capital gains made elsewhere.
Residential farms with a modern communications infrastructure are also increasingly attractive to lifestyle buyers, who want a slice of the countryside, but need to work remotely.
Sam Gibson, head of the firm’s Morpeth office said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to develop our services in this area and help landowners make the most of their property assets. Our multi-disciplinary offering of experienced and qualified surveyors and agents in Morpeth sets us apart from our competitors.
“Sarah’s wealth of experience and insight will be of huge value to our existing and future clients.”
If you are thinking of buying and selling farmland, or would like some advice on your property assets in the current market, contact Sarah Parsons on 01670 500789 or by email.
For more information, please contact Isabel Davies.