Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Near Cat-Astrophe Averted as I Find Myself in the Tour De Notting Hill; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Near Cat-Astrophe Averted as I Find Myself in the Tour De Notting Hill; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY The day starts with me running to the office. My legs feel like lead this morning and I'm beginning to think that using a bicycle would have been a better idea.

Today we launch a fabulous onebedroom flat with a gorgeous garden in Notting Hill that seems to have captivated the market. We have had incredible numbers of emails over the weekend via our website and the phones are ringing almost solidly.

Twenty one viewings are booked immediately, the first being with a lovely couple looking to buy a pied-a-terre, who have already seen 15 in the area.

I have a good feeling about this one, and I am right as they offer within seconds of walking through the door.

TUESDAY This morning I cycle in. Whether it's my competitive nature or the fact that it's freezing and I need to warm up, I treat every journey as the Tour de Notting Hill and I'm in the yellow jersey. Except I'm not -- I'm in the thickest coat I can find and it feels like I have the early onset of frostbite in my fingers and toes.

The bids on the one-bedroom flat have started to come in thick and fast, ever proving that a great flat, sensibly priced, continues to attract an incredible level of interest.

Our vendor is thrilled and the atmosphere in the office is incredible. Developers, downsizers, parents buying for children, children buying for parents, first-time buyers -- I don't think that there is a single category of buyer that isn't represented here... Interestingly, and contrary to much that one reads in the press about European money flooding into the area, last year 70 per cent of our buyers in Notting Hill were UK nationals. This year is proving to be no different, with British buyers flying the flag and leading the charge.

My last viewing of the day is at a beautiful house in Holland Park with a charming couple from Devon who have discovered countryside life isn't for them. Upon entering the house, two cats decide to make their break for freedom. …

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