Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Not Everything Comes Up Roses When Flowers Are a Buyer's Priority; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Not Everything Comes Up Roses When Flowers Are a Buyer's Priority; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY Finally, it feels as if the world has woken up after Christmas and New Year. The property market can be mercurial at this time of year, and often buyer activity mirrors weather conditions.

Encouragingly, we have taken lots of calls today from owners who have shaken off festive inactivity and are now talking seriously about putting their houses on the market.

I have an appointment today at a 250-acre farm between Salisbury and Romsey that we photographed last year. Despite a chilly drizzle, the owner and I drive around the boundaries to plan a route for the prospective buyers who have been given an early 'headsup' and are arriving in an hour's time. The viewing goes very well and the potential buyers ask me to promise that I won't sell it to anyone else.

TUESDAY The variety in my job is wonderful. Yesterday I was tramping through gleaming fields and past frosted flight ponds on a farm, today I am looking at a beautiful and compact Georgian house in the middle of Salisbury. The internal layout has changed over the years as the house and its neighbours have moulded themselves around one another over the centuries. On occasion, staircases have been shared and moved as well as rooms being swapped between buildings before coming to rest in the current, delightful configuration. Thankfully the glorious ceiling heights have remained on all three floors, and I have someone in mind.

WEDNESDAY A crisis call from an old client. I sold his house for him a year ago and he has since been renting, waiting for the right property to buy. He has just heard that a house in the neighbouring village may soon be available. He asks me to approach the owner to suggest an off-market sale and instructs me to handle any negotiations for him.

It leads me to consider how a more uncertain property market can lead to opportunities in unlikely places. …

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