Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've No Car, but the City's My Oyster; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've No Car, but the City's My Oyster; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY I wake up and hit the gym literally, managing to drive my car into a wall as I try to park, making this a terrible start to my day. After apologising to the scary-looking gym staff, I take a closer look at the damage. Annoyingly, my car is likely to spend the rest of the week being fixed at the garage and I will have a hefty insurance excess to pay.

Two buses later and having discovered what an Oyster card is, I still manage to get in for 8am for our team meeting. Our department is surging ahead and we have a new person starting this week to help cope with the high demand. I have 13 viewings over the course of the day with buyers evenly split between UK nationals and internationals, including a Russian family determined to buy before the end of the week. Watch this space.

TUESDAY It's straight to an 8am viewing with the buyer of a house due to exchange today. The place has been under offer for a month and these last-minute viewings are rarely good news but on this occasion it turns out the buyer simply wants to measure up for the home bar he is installing. I make a note to pop over for a cocktail once they move in, to give them the benefit of my (un)sophisticated palate. Back at the office, one of my buyers calls, saying he has read in the papers that house prices are going down. During the conversation an email arrives from a solicitor to confirm that another one of my instructions has just exchanged at 26 per cent above the record price for the street. I inform my nervous buyer of this and subsequently take him out on a tour of three properties. I spend the rest of the day secretly hoping to hear from Kriss Akabusi and the team at Record Breakers.

The property I viewed this morning does not actually exchange, as the buyer's country-based solicitor only works half days on Tuesdays. London goes at a faster pace my client is furious and considers pulling the deal.

WEDNESDAY Well, it's 10am and still no call from Kriss, or the from the country solicitor involved in yesterday's sale. Then thankfully the phone rings and it's the vendor's solicitor confirming the exchange. I phone our client, who is thrilled. …

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