Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wailing Babies Are No Problem -- but the Bubblegum Pink Has to Go

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wailing Babies Are No Problem -- but the Bubblegum Pink Has to Go

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MONDAY A frosty start but that doesn't slow us down in Parsons Green. We come in to find a mountain of post and emails. Surprisingly we're still very busy in lettings for this time of year, with seven new instructions in the past week and four deals agreed. After spending the second half of last week tying these up, it's back to business today. We're glued to the phones, booking in viewings to showcase our new stock. By the afternoon, the diary is full -- we're trying to cram in as many viewings as possible during the day before it gets dark in order to show the properties in their best light.

TUESDAY We have lots of houses on at the moment so we're getting enquiries from families and relocation agents. We have three tours booked in today of our houses, which are popular for various reasons. After entering a large corner house with two off-street parking spaces we find a serious mothers' meeting, with babies crawling round the reception and smearing food everywhere. The applicant shows interest, asking to pop back in the evening for a second viewing with her husband -- no rest for the wicked.

WEDNESDAY Texts were flying back and forth until 10pm last night and today I receive an asking-price offer. The landlord is predictably thrilled, all subject to a bubblegum-pink room being painted white. The offer is tied up by lunchtime and it's a rare treat to have a hassle-free deal. Meanwhile, my colleague has her hands full with one particular tenant, who despite being very sweet, has been calling her every day for no other obvious reason than a friendly chat.

As lovely as it is, there aren't quite enough hours in the day to discuss new recipes for winter stew and she has to cut her short to go on another market appraisal, at an immaculately refurbished property. The landlord wants to market it straight away and we get one of our hottest applicants in to view the property (he needs somewhere in the right catchment area for his daughter's school). …

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