Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Our Chichester Agent Falls for a House on the Downs, Nails a Sale Down at the Yacht Club, Then Climbs the Scaffold in Pursuit of a Contract

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Our Chichester Agent Falls for a House on the Downs, Nails a Sale Down at the Yacht Club, Then Climbs the Scaffold in Pursuit of a Contract

Article excerpt

MONDAY My drive to the office is through the leafy lanes of Sussex and today is a glorious day, with a brilliantly blue sky. We must have the best patch in England: Chichester is a walled city with a harbour, a beach and the South Downs for a backdrop -- perfect.

We begin a review of our weekend activity and the property register but the phones begin to ring so we move quickly on to the day's business. I'm on a final draft of a brochure when I receive two offers on a dear little "do-up" cottage we have for sale. This will go to sealed bids and net a great sale price for our client. I then set off to see a stunning house on the shores of Chichester harbour with gorgeous views. Great competition between agents will ensue and, knowing we have several hot buyers registered, I hope to win the instruction.

TUESDAY It's a 5am start as I dictate a report on the harbourside property and go to the gym in a (failing!) effort to roll back the years. At a meeting with our South-East region partners we agree the market has become price-sensitive and houses offered for sale at what look like toohigh figures are not seeing activity. We discuss solutions, budgets and forecasts. Then I meet a photographer at a beautiful period house on the Downs. Our client is a designer and the interior is so lovely in its style and quality that I think of my own home's rather scruffy interior and feel despair, then resolve to improve it. We are marketing this house "quietly," so phone several would-be purchasers.

Lastly, I show a young couple a house that has all the boxes ticked on their wish list. It is period, has enchanting gardens, a cottage, land, tennis court and swimming pool. They adore it and go off to do their sums, while I set off to answer all my emails.

WEDNESDAY Divorce is the reason for a house sale today. It is always sad and a tricky balancing act to ensure fairness to both clients, especially if they are not really talking. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.