Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; A Belgravia Agent Finds a Black Hole in a Haunted House, Dances a Client off Her Feet and Lands a Job as a Butler Homes & Property

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; A Belgravia Agent Finds a Black Hole in a Haunted House, Dances a Client off Her Feet and Lands a Job as a Butler Homes & Property

Article excerpt

Monday

Our morning meeting was interrupted by a call from an irate woman complaining that no one had come back to her about an offer she had made on an Eaton Square apartment. I did know her, and we had shown her flats, but not this one. When I managed to stop her tirade, I told her she had called the wrong agent and gave her the details for the right one.

Off to a house in a grand terrace that we are trying to let at [pounds sterling]1,200 a week. Its owner has a string of upmarket bijou hotels, but their elegant decor has not been repeated in the house. Sure enough, the German couple who viewed it loathed the revolting swirly carpets and said they would only sign a two-year agreement if they are replaced. After a difficult conversation with the owner, she said she will think about it.

I was late for lunch with a colleague, but I did end up sitting at the table next to Joan Collins and her grandson.

Tuesday

Off to the Belgravia Traders Association meeting at Tophams Hotel in Ebury Street to discuss the Elizabeth Street party, which the association sponsors to raise money for charity. This year's cause is the Honeypot Charity, which supports severely disadvantaged children in Britain.

The party is always fun - though last year it poured with rain - especially as the band comprises various estate agents. Last year I was dragged up to dance with a client whose style was, well, exuberant. I felt silly, but her family had been buying and selling property through us for years. When she fell on her behind in front of the crowd, there was guffawing from people whom I had considered to be her friends.

Wednesday

We opened 11 sealed bids on an unmodernised house in Chester Row with an asking price of [pounds sterling]1.95 million. The highest bid was [pounds sterling]2.1 million from an Arab gentleman who planned a major renovation. The second highest, from a Chinese couple, was only slightly less, but the higher bid was accepted.

I set off early for a viewing at a once-grand house, to turn on the lights. …

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.