Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quick Exit from the Haunted House; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quick Exit from the Haunted House; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY The week starts with an early morning meeting to try to make sense of the hectic weekend just gone. There is particular excitement to hear how the viewing has gone at one of our most expensive homes -- a stunning six-bedroom detached Victorian house. Negotiators are always keen for the bragging rights after a sale of distinction. The news appears to be positive and lots of other interest is flooding in.

There are also a couple of properties on the verge of exchanging contracts, but nothing is easy, so plenty more hours of chasing buyers and sellers and speaking to solicitors lie in wait.

On top of trying to sell properties, we are helping to organise a charity fun run around the heath with two primary schools this weekend.

TUESDAY After another early meeting, there is a valuation first thing for me. I have seen this Victorian house sitting empty for a while and I am hoping to find plenty of period charm.

The owner has passed away and, to cut a long story short, the house is spooky. Very spooky. It is full of what I can only describe as "dark" art. As soon as my colleague and I let ourselves in we are uncomfortable. Fifteen minutes later, as we stand in silence, a huge chopping board crashes down on a worktop a few feet away. Cue the quickest exit we have ever made.

Back to the office, a calming cup of tea and the day continues. The big offer on yesterday's property is in, we have seen proof of funds and things are looking positive. Over to the negotiator to see if we can reach an agreement.

WEDNESDAY We have been instructed to sell the haunted house. Unfortunately, I need to go there again. Not known for my bravery, I drum up the courage to arrange a time to pop back, this time with the vendor.

Another interesting valuation turns up and it is a first for me -- a four-storey house that has had the top two floors removed and subsequently repositioned a few hundred yards down the road. The property was split in half by two feuding brothers, believe it or not. …

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