Next door’s ninja tom could put a buyer off

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Inside Story -

MON­DAY

To avoid any sur­prises first thing on a Mon­day, I al­ways clear my in­box on a Sun­day night. So, I have or­gan­ised two view­ings on a prime Par­sons Green flat from week­end en­quiries and con­firmed a new time for a mar­ket ap­praisal. Plus, I had an email con­firm­ing I will be get­ting an of­fer on a prop­erty first thing this morn­ing.

My im­me­di­ate thought on walk­ing into the of­fice is how quickly the of­fer will come through. I re­ply to the mes­sage, ap­pear­ing pro-ac­tive rather than pes­ter­ing. I have learnt over the years when to chase — and when not to.

Fol­low­ing up on week­end view­ings, giv­ing feed­back, book­ing new view­ings and catch­ing up with clients fills my first few hours, and still there’s no sign of the ex­pected of­fer. I have, how­ever, re­ferred a Lon­don client with a new de­vel­op­ment site of 12 off-plan flats on the Royal Mile to our Ed­in­burgh of­fice.

TUES­DAY

Liv­ing close to the of­fice is good, as we open at 8am. I drive to work down Ful­ham Road to­wards Par­sons Green, grab­bing an or­ange from Bay­ley and Sage, our lo­cal deli, and a cof­fee from our neigh­bour­ing café, St Cle­ments, on the way. Out and about for most of the day, I still man­age to check my emails and the of­fer I’ve been ex­pect­ing has

My first view­ing is with a TV pre­sen­ter, a fa­mil­iar face from my child­hood, and we are off to look at three houses. We talk through the pros of the first house and the area but it doesn’t suit. The next one is a beau­ti­ful town­house that I’ve shown be­fore and it’s a plea­sure to view — ex­cept for the ninja cat from next door that whizzes past you the second you open the front door. No sign of the cat today but he has a ten­dency to ap­pear when he’s least ex­pected. This house is also a no.

The third house is big­ger but fur­ther from Chelsea. I thought this could be a win­ner but the pre­sen­ter “can’t see him­self liv­ing here”. He’s deal­ing with our Chelsea of­fice as well and it seems even though he will get a big­ger house here, we haven’t yet found the one.

THURS­DAY

Two mar­ket ap­praisals rep­re­sent the busy end to this busy week. The first is a su­perb house on the Peter­bor­ough Es­tate, a prime ad­dress in SW6, then on to a gar­den flat close to Put­ney Bridge that I know I will have buy­ers lin­ing up to view.

It’s 7pm and I’m on my way home for the week­end when the phone rings — we have been in­structed on a house in Sands End. Good be­gin­nings and good end­ings.

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