Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; an SW1 Agent Is Dogged by a Stuffed Pet Labrador, a Nude of Marie Helvin and a Pseudo Property Developer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; an SW1 Agent Is Dogged by a Stuffed Pet Labrador, a Nude of Marie Helvin and a Pseudo Property Developer

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Monday

It was an early start, with three viewings before 11am. The first was at a one-bedroom flat in Greycoat Street, a probate sale.

I arrived 10 minutes early to try to make it presentable - not easy as it had not been touched for 30 years. I stuffed piles of magazines in cupboards, but there was not much I could do about the collapsing ceiling plaster, or the very old gravy stains on the wall and the oxygen machine in the bedroom.

To my surprise, the viewer made an offer of [pounds sterling]145,000 on the spot. If he applies for an extension to the 30-year lease, it will cost another [pounds sterling]60,000.

He must be certain of a good return on his money.

Tuesday

Everybody is looking forward to the opening of the Cardinal Place development in Victoria, which will have M&S, Top Shop and Monsoon stores.

With 1,300 new apartments built here in the past year, people want good shopping nearby. It will bring life to the place.

I passed it on my way to a 7am appointment with a Canary Wharf banker with a lot of money to spend. We met up at a riverside penthouse that I thought would knock his socks off. It had suede sofas, buffalo-hide side tables and bed, all the bells and whistles. He took a quick look and said: "Thanks, but not for me." What can I find to impress him?

I got back to the office and a message from Mr A, who is interested in a [pounds sterling]450,000 oneb edroom flat in Whitehall. He is worried it will be noisy, so he wanted me to meet him there tomorrow for an hour between 7pm and 8pm.

Wednesday Yesterday's banker rang. He had heard about a good penthouse in Chelsea Bridge Wharf.

I had to tell him a Chelsea footballer had pipped him at the post - he's buying three.

Meanwhile, I had an offer at the asking price on a two bedroom apartment in Pimlico.

There was a snag: the buyer wanted to rent it first and then pay for it in September. He explained he wouldn't have the funds to buy until he won the Georgia State Lottery. …

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