Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent

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Diary of an estate agent

A vendor goes over to the dark side, a pigeon-lover causes a bit of a flap and a Twickenham agent receives a come-on


A rewarding start when I arrived in the office early and saw deposits were taken over the weekend. We have picked up a lot of new letting instructions from vendors who have crossed over to the dark side and became landlords. We do sometimes feel sorry for those who just can't sell at the price they'd hoped.

An elderly lady who loves pigeons lives in a Victorian block where we have tenants who, so far, have only complained a couple of times about these birds flapping around the communal areas.

On my way to another valuation I popped in and was met by a flurry of flapping wings and some recent deposits on the floor in the communal hallway.

There was also a couple of health inspectors engaged in a heated conversation with the pigeon lady. They were serving her a notice to stop feeding the birds, so hopefully our tenants will no longer have to wear raincoats and put up umbrellas every time they step out of the front door..


An overheard phone call had us all smiling as a colleague tried to explain to a landlord about the necessity of an energy performance certificate (EPC).

There was much confusion, as our elderly landlord questioned why he'd require an ECG in order to let his property, and insisted his heart and health were perfectly sound.

I took yet another fruity call from a sultry fiftysomething client whose property I'd seen with a colleague a few weeks ago. She said she had decided to stay put but would I and my (male) colleague like to come around for dinner, together? I declined, citing a busy social diary with my wife and children.


A new tenant moved into a flat near the high street. …

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