Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hi-Tech Flat's Great for Inspector Gadget; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hi-Tech Flat's Great for Inspector Gadget; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY For an agent, August can sometimes be tough. The mass exodus of Londoners to glamorous holiday destinations means the market can be a little quieter than usual. But what's not to love about London in the summer? The sun is out (sometimes), everyone is in a good mood, the football season is beginning, and it means that I can spend more quality time with individual buyers.

I had a busy week of viewings last week, so with the quality of West End stock so high, I am expecting a lot of offers to come through. Lunchtime soon arrives and, with it, the first offer -- a charming one-bedroom apartment in Seven Dials. It's in need of a lick of paint, but it's a fantastic pied-a-terre. The vendor agrees to the offer and I give the buyer the good news.

TUESDAY I am meeting a director of a multinational corporation. He is looking for a base close to work in the Midtown area, so I set up a tour.

It's a great part of London that has become incredibly popular with City workers -- little wonder, as it is only a short stroll into the office.

He also informs me that he is a big gadget buff, so I make sure he notices the slick Gaggenau kitchen appliances, state-of-the-art audiovisual system and home cinema at a penthouse apartment that takes his fancy. It's a great new-build scheme on the City fringes, and he even arranges for his wife to come and take a look at the end of the week.

WEDNESDAY There is a good buzz in the office as we have been instructed on an incredible development in Great Marlborough Street, near Liberty, just off Regent Street.

It comprises four huge lateral apartments and is the kind of space everyone looks for. The team arranges a preview and we are impressed with what's on offer. As it is currently offmarket there are no details to send out, so we rush back to the office to personally call all our top buyers. …

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