Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Novel Way to Climb the Property Ladder; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Novel Way to Climb the Property Ladder; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY We're off to a flying start this week with the green light to market a wonderful house in Kensington Place that has recently been refurbished and is beautifully presented. I'm confident it will sell quickly and will appeal to a lot of buyers -- from couples looking to downsize, to young families searching within the Fox Primary School catchment area.

I love to showcase some of the best on the market through my Instagram account and a recent post of a penthouse apartment we've launched in Zetland House is generating a large number of "likes". I receive a direct message from an unknown follower wishing to view the property. I think it may be a spoof at first but, after getting more details from him, his is booked to view the apartment on Friday. Could this be my first social media-generated sale? TUESDAY Some of my favourite sales have been in the Kensington High Street area and this morning I am in back-toback viewings here. I'm reminded of a flat I sold in Lexham Gardens a while ago where I arrived early for a viewing to find the client's cleaner, who was supposed to be giving me access, having locked herself out with all lights on inside and I had non-stop viewings lined up for the day.

Estate agents are always grappling with key dramas but the cleaners normally have it sorted. Worse still, the client was away on holiday. The cleaner had left the doors to the balcony open, so that was the only way in. After an abortive attempt helped by a passing TV aerial man, I found two kind builders driving past with a ladder long enough to reach the balcony. Suited and booted, I climbed the ladder and dived, Superman-style, over the balcony and into the flat where I was able to unlock the doors from the inside. I hope accessing today's properties is rather more straightforward.

WEDNESDAY Preparing to go live with a beautiful Sheffield Terrace maisonette that has access to the highly sought-after communal gardens, I advise the client to paint over a few scuffs on the walls, tell-tale signs of her enthusiastic and lovable dog, Treigh. …

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