Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Clinch a Tidy Number of Deals Thanks to Dogged Determination; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Clinch a Tidy Number of Deals Thanks to Dogged Determination; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY New regime -- the dog is coming to work with me. He is a Parson Jack Russell and is now mature enough for me not to have to put every bin in the office on a desk so that he doesn't unpack the contents. The Monday morning meeting is under way and we go through the figures and share data within all departments to make sure we are maximising our opportunities and making improvements. Then Georgie shares this story with us. She was out last week with an Italian chap who was looking to buy. She thought he told her in his thick Mediterranean accent that he was a magician, so she asked him if he could make things disappear and he said no. She said, well could he pull a rabbit out of a hat, and he said no. After some quizzical looks he then said: "I'm a musician, not a magician."

TUESDAY I was asked by a friend of mine recently for advice, she was looking to buy a property on a mews. "Is it safe?" she asked me. You can walk down the right street at the wrong time anywhere of course, but the best way that you can generally get a good feel for any area is by spending time there. My advice is to always visit the outside, rear and adjoining streets at different times of the night and day to see what is going on. It's also a good idea to check out the local pub to see who is hanging around the area and check on noise levels from nearby establishments, to avoid an expensive mistake.

The sales team have been busy tying up deals this week. We have a beautiful one-bedroom flat near to Fitzroy Square which has attracted a lot of interest and another modern apartment with some great views over the West End that looks likely to tie up today.

WEDNESDAY The sales team have wrapped up the two offers from yesterday so it's great news for our sellers and buyers. This is, however, just the beginning. Getting the sale through to completion is the crucial next step as lots can go wrong. …

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