Going round the houses
Valiant in their line of duty, property agents have never shied from the mad, the bad and the downright bizarre in their quest to please a client. Roderick Easdale recounts some of their stranger acts of dedication By the book
TO say that what is and is not to be included in a property sale can cause problems would be an understatement. Spencer Cushing of Abbotts remembers one sale from his days at John D. Wood & Co that didn’t go by the book. Actually, in a literal sense, it did go by the book—10 cookery books to be exact. The sale was a flat with the contents included. On the day of exchange, the buyer visited the property and declared that the sale was off as the owner’s collection of cookery books had been removed. Negotiator Alex Oppenheim found out what the titles were, ‘ran down to Waterstones, purchased all 10 of them, raced back, put them in the property and invited the buyer to return, suggesting that she must have overlooked them. The sale went ahead’.