Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Our Agent Is Set for a Week off, but Not before Taking on the Advertising World, a Child in a House of Antiques and a Chain with a Tight Deadline

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Our Agent Is Set for a Week off, but Not before Taking on the Advertising World, a Child in a House of Antiques and a Chain with a Tight Deadline

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MONDAY An extra-early start as our office manager is on holiday and, apart from selling houses, I have also taken on the role of advertising manager. We have a number of new properties coming to the market and apart from organising the brochure production, advertising deadlines have to be met. We are just about to market a beautiful Georgian farmhouse and our vendor has given us permission to show it before it appears in Country Life next week, so I eagerly anticipate our first viewing. My applicants were accompanied by their four-year-old -- impeccably behaved until we met the family pets. One of them, an aged labrador, was very frail and when I suggested she treat him gently she retorted she would... as he'd be dead next week.

TUESDAY What has hitherto been a straightforward sale erupts, with the prospect of it falling through not far away.

Both the vendor and purchaser are abroad and, although they are keen to keep a dialogue going, their solicitors are not so amenable. Unfortunately there are some (I did say "some") solicitors who are sent into a spin by having to conduct a conversation with a mere agent -- if you can cajole them into speaking to you in the first place.

Anyway, once I manage to convince the vendor's solicitor that we have "mutual clients" and we are working to achieve the same ends, progress swiftly follows.

WEDNESDAY My diary is full of viewings and the thought of escaping the office fills me with pleasure. We work in south-west Surrey -- the countryside is beautiful and the villages extremely pretty. I set off to my first appointment of the day, a lovely Grade II-listed farmhouse. It has been refurbished to a high standard and is full of antique furniture and precious knick-knacks. My applicant arrives with her angelic-looking daughter, but imagine my surprise when the child is introduced as "Pollydon'ttouchit". …

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