Hamptons appoints Head of BTR and Corporate PRS

Hamptons appoints a new Head of Build to Rent and Corporate PRS, signalling significant growth and investment in its Build to Rent division.

Karen Standing, Head of BTR and Corporate PRS at Hamptons | BTR News
Karen Standing, Head of BTR and Corporate PRS at Hamptons.

Estate agent Hamptons has appointed Karen Standing into the newly created role of Head of Build to Rent and Corporate PRS, which follows a period of accelerated growth and extensive geographic expansion. 

The appointment further strengthens the company’s thriving Build to Rent and Corporate (PRS) Lettings operation with the position on its Residential Lettings board.

Karen joined Hamptons in 2008 to lead the company’s South East residential lettings network, which expanded to incorporate Build to Rent and Corporate PRS in 2018.

Since 2018, Karen has overseen the lease up of nearly 18,000 Build to Rent units. Build to Rent revenues also increased significantly under her tenure and geographic coverage extended nationwide.

Karen now relinquishes her regional responsibilities to focus fully on leading the next ambitious phase of growth within Build to Rent & Corporate PRS within Hamptons’ senior leadership team.

“I am delighted to fully commit my experience, focus and energy to advancing our ambitious plans for Build to Rent moving forwards. Having firmly established ourselves as the UK’s premier Build to Rent leasing specialist many years ago now, I am determined not to rest on any laurels.

“Delivering first class market intelligence and pricing advice, meeting ambitious leasing targets, and evolving our extensive suite of tailor-made services to mirror the vitality of this sector are my priorities.”  

Karen Standing, Head of Build to Rent and Corporate PRS, Hamptons 

In recent years – and supported by increasingly sizeable specialist Build to Rent and Corporate PRS teams – Karen has significantly expanded Hamptons reach in this sector.

Her teams now operate across key markets in London, the South East, South West and North East from cities including Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

The operation specialises in delivering customised leasing and stabilisation solutions, including on-site and off-site models, and services several leading US and European operators’ UK assets.   

“Karen Standing has done a remarkable job during her 16 years with Hamptons and, as our Build to Rent and Corporate PRS division continues to grow, she is the obvious and natural choice to continue leading it through this next phase of growth and expansion. I am excited to see her ambitious plans take shape over the months ahead and welcome her continued presence on Hamptons’ Residential Lettings Board in her new capacity as Head of BTR and Corporate PRS.

“Hamptons Build to Rent and PRS operations support the full range of life-stage accommodation, from student and co-living schemes to professional and executive apartments or single-family homes to senior living options ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Each scheme celebrates community at its very core and Hamptons is proud to partner with a growing number of operators of all sizes.” 

Catherine Westerling, Head of Lettings, Hamptons

Through its close partnership with Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), Hamptons’ Build to Rent & Corporate PRS division can offer a full life-cycle service to support clients from across both the residential and commercial property markets.

This includes advice and support at every stage – from land acquisition and planning through to exit strategies and asset disposal.