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

Country Life Every Week - - Property Comment - Edited by An­nun­ci­ata Wal­ton

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’.

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