Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Real Life: A 6ft Transsexual, a Charmless Guzumper and a Semi-Naked Vendor: Our Agent Gets All Sorts in Canary Wharf

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Real Life: A 6ft Transsexual, a Charmless Guzumper and a Semi-Naked Vendor: Our Agent Gets All Sorts in Canary Wharf

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Byline: SOPHIE HAYHOW

Monday

An unusual start to the morning: showing studio apartments to a 6ft 3in transsexual in theatrical makeup, pencil skirt and fishnet stockings.

It was especially disconcerting as his false eyelashes kept getting caught in his eyebrows, his voice was two octaves lower than mine and his red heels five inches higher. He must have been up all night just doing the makeup.

Unfortunately, the studios were all too small for him, except for one live/work unit which he loved, but which would have attracted extra costs, such as business rates.

Tuesday

Received a distressed email from a young married couple who have been forced to complete on the sale of their old property while waiting for a wrinkle in the lease of their new pound sterling500,000 penthouse apartment to be ironed out.

They'd agreed to move into the penthouse on an assured shorthold tenancy until it was all sorted out, but now a ruthless gazumper has offered pound sterling20,000 above the asking price.

I told him it was under offer, but he's a charmless character and doesn't care about making the couple homeless. "All's fair in love and war, darling," he said. We don't condone gazumping, but it is now down to the owner.

Needless to say the couple are in a state of high anxiety.

Wednesday I accepted instruction on a converted Dutch barge moored behind Canary Wharf. It has mahogany panelling, beautiful decor, three berths and traditional Dutch prints on the walls. It also has a permanent mooring, costing between pound sterling3,000 and pound sterling6,000 a year, secure parking and access to washing machines.

I stepped with trepidation on to its decked pontoon in a pair of wildly unsuitable shoes to take a look. Viewings will be tricky as the owner is setting off on a cruise down the Danube, but will be back for Christmas. …

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