Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Donald's Still the Hot Topic; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Donald's Still the Hot Topic; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY At 5am I am up, leaving Lincolnshire for London 45 minutes later and by the time I am passing Knebworth House on the A1M my mobile rings.

It's Beauchamp Estates founder Gary Hersham, about the weekend business. I've had a call from a Middle Eastern gent looking for a family home in central London, while Gary has a potential offer on a property, and is enthusing about media coverage for the Florence and Mykonos offices. My buyer is looking for properties to consider by lunchtime, and is due in London in two weeks. Gary and I discuss options and agree a list.

A vendor calls soon after to check on viewings. Then it's a quick update with our marketing manager, Simon, on planned advertising.

At the office by 9.30, I grab a strong coffee, wade through emails, update clients, respond to weekend enquiries and type up the list of "possibles" for the Middle Eastern buyer. I check my diary for the week and see our US associates from Leslie J Garfield in New York are in town for three days, and I'm to attend media briefings with them. One is at Sexy Fish, the Asian restaurant in Berkeley Square a big improvement on my usual sandwich "aldesko".

Later I meet up with a developer about a small scheme coming to market in Victoria, then the afternoon is booked out for viewings with a buyer who has asked to see houses in prime central London. The buyer's flexible on location. Cadogan Place, Queen Anne's Gate and Avenue Road are on the list but none hits the mark. They are looking for a large, modern house and in their target area it's not impossible, but rare. We agree to keep in touch.

TUESDAY A site meeting at Islington Square goes well, with enquiries, viewings and deals. I keep it short as a press briefing starts at 12.30. The top topic is our US associates' new President, Donald Trump, followed by a debate on central London neighbourhoods and their New York counterparts. It's clear that both cities feature urban villages, with their residents sharing many similarities. Lunch over, I get a call that Beauchamp Estates is likely to be instructed on the Victoria scheme. I leave for One Hyde Park for a viewing, feeling pleased. …

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