Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Sealed-Bid Wars, Tempests and Floods May All Be in a Day's Work for One Belgravia Agent. but When a Lift Got Stuck It Was a Job for Firefighters

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Sealed-Bid Wars, Tempests and Floods May All Be in a Day's Work for One Belgravia Agent. but When a Lift Got Stuck It Was a Job for Firefighters

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MONDAY

It's a good Monday morning and though I can't believe it is already November we have had a ton of tenants moving in during October, more than any month in 2008 and 2009.

School half-term is over and families are back in central London hoping to make a house move before the Christmas season begins; for most that leaves only another two/three weeks.

Spent most of the afternoon at our large development of a dozen apartments on Dover Street and organising furnishing quotes and viewings at our three stunning one-bedroom flats in Cadogan Square.

TUESDAY

Testing Tuesday. Two groups of people wanted the family house in Herbert Crescent going for [pounds sterling]6,000 a week, so we had to go to sealed bids.

The two parties interested viewed it on the same day and their move in dates and other terms are as good as each other, they are both lovely Americans so it's going to be a hard choice for my landlord.

The flat covers more than 5,000sq ft and with only two weeks between offer and move-in date I'm glad we fully manage the house and have organised a clean, inventory report and box hedges to be replaced by the end of the week -- whoever wins the bidding war.

WEDNESDAY

Waterfall Wednesday. My colleague, Gemma had a shock when she turned up to do a viewing at a lovely family house we had just taken on in Belgravia. When she left the office my last words were: ~ "Let me know your thoughts, I think it's a super house which has been newly refurbished and will certainly rent quickly." Ten minutes later I receive an SOS call, "Quick, come round and run." As we opened the door it sounded like Niagra falls, there was water pouring from the top through to the basement with five inches of surface water to wade through; I knew there was a reason I kept a pair of wellies in the back of my car. …

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