Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; A Three-Legged Dog, a Bulb of Garlic, and an Easy-Riding Rocker Ensure an Eventful Week for Teddington Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; A Three-Legged Dog, a Bulb of Garlic, and an Easy-Riding Rocker Ensure an Eventful Week for Teddington Agent

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Monday

Before I had a chance to follow up offers from Saturday's viewings, there was a phone call that didn't sound too friendly.

"I see you have a board up on Somerset Road," said the caller.

He was referring to a tenanted house that we had just been instructed to sell. Would he like to view the property? "No," he snapped. He lived next door and wanted to know when I was coming round to cut the ivy back from his wall. What a shame - I've only just taken the secateurs out of my car - It was a happier encounter when one of the High Street's cheeriest characters dropped by. "Bonjour mes amis!" he cried, as always. He is a lovely old gent, with a line of jokes so bad they must have come from Christmas crackers. He is always accompanied by a tiny three-legged dog. His dreadful jokes do brighten a bad day.

Tuesday

In Richmond there is a whiff of snobbery about the debate over Georgian and Victorian versus anything modern, but here in Teddington there is a bit of everything. The only requirement for some buyers is to be in the Collis School catchment area. One young yummy mummy was quite precise: she would only consider homes in Langham Road, Udney Park Road or Kingston Lane.

Everything else, she insisted, was beyond the pale.

Wednesday

Having been a tenant myself, I can understand the frustration felt by one man we have been dealing with. He has been renting a [pounds sterling]180,000 one-bedroom flat and resented us bringing round potential buyers all the time: he didn't want to move but his landlord really needed to sell.

For six weeks, the tenant either denied access or cancelled appointments at the last minute. However, his piece de resistance was to chop up an onion and a bulb of garlic and leave them out in the kitchen.

By the time we turned up with a viewer, the smell would have felled a French chef. …

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