Benham & Reeves hires Singapore property veterans, ups the ante in London residential sales

Benham & Reeves will be launching Asquith House at West End Gate, London. The weekend launch will be held
Benham & Reeves, one of the leading independent London real estate agencies, was founded in 1958. Two brothers, Alan and Cyril Brown, acquired Benham & Reeves Estate Agency in 1968 and then ran the business until 1976, when they decided to split the company into two. Benham and Reeves, which specialised in residential sales, was headed by Alan Brown; while Cyril Brown focused on lettings under Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings.
As a result of the split in business lines 40 years ago, Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings could not broker residential sales in London under the brand, while Benham & Reeves was not allowed to handle leasing transactions using the brand, explains managing director Anita Mehra.
She had joined the accounts department of Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings in the late 1970s. She quickly learnt the ropes of the real estate business and by 1998, she had become the managing director of the firm, and bought over the business.
Mehra: Rental demand is so strong that for every property that comes onto the market, there are 17 applicants (Photo: Benham & Reeves)

Growth in international business

Mehra has since grown Benham Reeves Residential Lettings into one of the biggest independent lettings firms in London. Today, the firm has 17 offices across London and five overseas offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore.
The first international office opened in Hong Kong in 1996, followed by an office in Singapore two years later. Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings opened an office in Shanghai to handle clients in Greater China in mid-2017. An office in Kuala Lumpur was also established several years ago to handle its international clients in Malaysia. The office in India opened in the spring of 2019. In the pipeline is an office in the Middle East and another in Africa, adds Mehra.
About 1½ years ago, Mehra had the opportunity to take over the Benham & Reeves brand in...