Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; an Excitable Italian, a Client Caught in the All-Together and a Gazumping Chef Keep Things Cooking in Battersea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; an Excitable Italian, a Client Caught in the All-Together and a Gazumping Chef Keep Things Cooking in Battersea

Article excerpt

Monday

I have been trying to push through an exchange on a modern development next to Battersea Bridge, but the Italian buyer's laid-back approach has caused seven months of delays.

The owner has the patience of a saint. This morning I took a call from the buyer saying he is in London for three days, and he wants to exchange immediately, and if he can't, he'll buy something else. But his solicitor says he is still waiting for crucial details. I despair.

On a tour of houses around Battersea Park with another overseas buyer with [pounds sterling]500,000 to spend, the lady talked grandly about her homes in St Moritz, Monte Carlo and Milan, while turning down all the smart homes I showed her.

Not enough bathrooms in English houses, she told me, adding that was why the English were grubby. I bit my tongue.

Tuesday

My Italian buyer was jumping up and down demanding we exchange this morning, but his solicitor is still not ready. I

tactfully reminded the buyer that the owner has waited months for him, so he is in no position to demand anything.

Went to show a [pounds sterling]1 million house on The Chase, on the north side of Clapham Common, to an exhausted young mum and her 18-monthold son. With no previous childcare experience and no thought for my own danger, I hoisted the baby onto my hip while pointing out the interesting features.

Who says men can't multitask?

Wednesday

The Italian buyer's solicitor now has all the info needed to exchange, but the Italian started to argue over completion dates; I felt like crying.

Meanwhile, we completed on a large loft-style apartment in a former school, at present being used as an overspill office by a celebrity chef. It has been touch-and-go. During the course of the sale, the chef unwisely gazumped his buyers, having been offered more money by a minor film star. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.