Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Buyer and Seller Discover They Are Old School Pals, a Garden Square Finds a Family and a Cute Little Dog Becomes a Secret Weapon in the Sales War

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Buyer and Seller Discover They Are Old School Pals, a Garden Square Finds a Family and a Cute Little Dog Becomes a Secret Weapon in the Sales War

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MONDAY An early start, and an appointment in Chelsea with a delightful couple who took me to lunch last week to thank me for all my efforts in trying to find them a base in town. So far they have been gazumped twice but they are determined to keep searching. As we were looking around the house, my client seemed distracted -- she appeared more interested in checking out all the family snapshots on display. We finally made it to the kitchen, where the vendor was trying to keep a low profile, only for the two of them to shriek with surprise as they realised they knew each other. My applicant had been checking out the pictures because she thought she recognised an old schoolfriend -- and she was right.

TUESDAY Dug out my French-English dictionary for a quick refresher for an open house event held with our joint agent from across the Channel on a fantastic house we have available on Rawlings Street. It has been meticulously refurbished, including climate control in all the bedrooms, Ralph Lauren wallpaper throughout and a stunning family kitchen/dining room. We had a large turnout -- probably a reflection of the fact that a good-quality property is highly sought-after, as very little is coming on to the market at the moment. Everyone enjoyed champagne and French pastries while they had a good look around. While all this commotion was happening downstairs, our retired ambassador client continued as normal upstairs in his study, listening to music and contemplating his next book.

WEDNESDAY I introduced Pepper, my new miniature schnauzer, to office life. What is it about small dogs and babies that causes intelligent adults to go soft? Pepper commanded the attention of the entire office and was thoroughly spoilt, while I didn't even get "hello" or a cup of coffee. Maybe he should come along next time I take applicants to view a less-thanattractive property. …

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