Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Riverboat Shuffle to SE10; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Riverboat Shuffle to SE10; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY After being buffeted by wet and windy weather on my bike ride to the office, it's straight into our weekly sales meeting at 8.30am. We recap on the previous week and discuss the days ahead, while listening to our Welsh colleague gloat about England crashing out of the Rugby World Cup.

I spend the majority of the morning talking to buyers about a major development in Fulham. We visited the newly opened concierge and landscaped gardens last week, and I am certain that the opportunity for buyers to see the newly completed stock in all its glory will help generate lots of offers and sales.

TUESDAY A tour of completed residential schemes in and around Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Covent Garden is the first job on my list today.

My potential buyer is a shipping magnate looking to invest in a property in prime central London for his daughter, who is coming to study in the capital. With so much on offer at the moment he is spoilt for choice, and narrows it down to two penthouse apartments, one in Fitzrovia and one in Covent Garden.

Back in the office I chase up a sale that was put together a few weeks ago for a tower development on the South Bank. After a few calls with the solicitors, the sale is executed, so I arrange to meet the buyer for a coffee in order to go through the deal's finer points. Walking over Blackfriars Bridge in the autumn sun, I can't help but think what a great riverside location he's bought in.

WEDNESDAY An old buyer of mine gives me a call. Having invested in Docklands 10 years ago, he has seen amazing growth and transformation in the area, and feels that there is real investment value in south-east London.

He is now looking for something else in the area, particularly to capitalise on Crossrail, which arrives in 2018.

He loves the idea of getting to Heathrow in half an hour and having a really quick commute into the West End.

Having discussed his options in great length and covered a number of exciting developments, an offer is put forward for a fantastic apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river -- widening his transport options to a riverboat as well. …

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