Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Governor Is My Hero; Diary of an Estate Agent in Suffolk

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Governor Is My Hero; Diary of an Estate Agent in Suffolk

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MONDAY Stock markets are shuddering but, for now, the housing market follows a steady track -- I started out in the City and always have one eye on the FTSE.

We have a rush of second home buyers from London who are keen to do a deal before April's new stamp duty surcharge. I receive a call from one with an offer on Old Guildhall in Hitcham -- marketed for PS1.25 million -- following contact last Friday and a viewing with me on Saturday.

Ideal buyers are the kind who know they want to buy, view the next day and decide swiftly. The price is agreed, but encouraging my vendors to commit to completion by March 31 is challenging. There's not a single sale I'm currently putting together where this completion deadline is not stipulated.

Next, it's a London couple negotiating on a second home purchase in Newton for PS1,275,000. There are tough negotiations on price, but agreeing the completion is a doddle with this one. A second sale is agreed -- a good start to the week. I email a market appraisal to a couple whose house I saw on Saturday and which we had previously sold for an acting family (now of James Bond fame). It's a re-instruction I'm keen to win.

TUESDAY Today starts with a team meeting to review our new instructions. One is a gorgeous moated hall house near Hadleigh. I previously sold a former farmhouse for this client, a leading financial PR. His attention to detail is formidable and he's a very tough negotiator. The previous sale was a success and he has become one of our best ambassadors. He approves the brochure and we're off.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's recent announcement that interest rates are unlikely to increase in the foreseeable future has given comfort -- that man is my hero.

WEDNESDAY Our chief executive, Mark Granger, arrives early for his scheduled visit. It's good to hear about the firm's ongoing success and strategy to 2020.

A market appraisal with a colleague follows. We are shown around a converted chapel in Boxford by the charming owner and his excitable dogs. …

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