Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Viewing to Thrill Mr Bond; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Viewing to Thrill Mr Bond; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY An early start, and I'm heading straight for an exciting viewing in the Square Mile. I meet a significant corporate client who wants to see a fabulous apartment listed at PS5.5 million. My buyer arrives filled with anticipation -- he's looking for a home in the City of London, with a premium specification and stunning views. This flat, on the 31st floor, couldn't fail to fulfil that brief. From speaking to him on the phone, I have preconceptions of a suave, sophisticated bachelor, looking for a glamorous pad. He immediately satisfies the James Bond criteria. Thankfully, the apartment does not disappoint and my buyer has lots of fantastic feedback. I will let him mull it over, and see if an offer comes in.

TUESDAY I start my day by meeting a potential purchaser for a tour of new development sites in east London, including Docklands and Greenwich. We have various different schemes for sale at the moment, and I have three buyers wanting to view all of them throughout the day. It's great to see the market so hot for these new developments.

One of the highlights of the day is taking the Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames with one buyer to show her the views. The cable car scenes in older Bond films spring to mind. In the afternoon, I receive a call from one of my buyers interested in a Greenwich development -- he seems keen and is looking to reserve at least three units. It seems a very worthwhile day, with a potential of six sales to agree.

WEDNESDAY This morning, I make calls to purchasers interested in some of our resale properties, with details of what we have on offer, so I can book them all in for viewings. We have everything from new homes in glitzy developments to quirky converted warehouses, and from beautiful lateral flats looking out over the river to boat houses on the Thames. …

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