Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Finding a Classic Home to Please a VVIP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Finding a Classic Home to Please a VVIP

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Byline: Diary of an Estate Agent

MONDAY Our lettings business goes bonkers in September, with more than 100 enquiries most Monday mornings after the weekend's activity. To maintain our high standards of service we've recruited extra help just so we can deal with the sheer volume.

After a catch-up with the team I'm off to view a building in Bedford Square with a secretive buyer who I've been told is a "VVIP". I meet his PA and we view the house glorious high ceilings, big Georgian windows, grand original staircase and a wonderful drawing room overlooking the square. But it still isn't quite right as this client has a particular taste. We chat afterwards and I try to find out more so I can find the right place for them. I'm told to "think bigger than Simon Cowell".

TUESDAY In this slower market we're not quite as busy in sales as we are in lettings. However, the last couple of months have really picked up, with sellers becoming more realistic in their prices. This has enabled buyers to agree deals but getting them through to completion is the tricky part. We have a healthy pipeline of agreed business but each one has its intricacies. At one building in Marylebone the managing agent has sent out a letter saying major works are expected, which causes our agreed sale to shake at the last minute.

WEDNESDAY I need a coffee to fire the engines then I'm back to Bedford Square to value an embassy building. With these buildings sometimes they only want us to provide a valuation for bookkeeping purposes but sometimes they are selling and moving on. It's only when I get there I realise it is purely a valuation at this time.

Next up is a beautiful house in Colville Place. The owner is a Cypriot ex-airline pilot. This place is in a peach of a position with direct views over to Crabtree Place, a green open space in Fitzrovia, from the southfacing roof terrace. …

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