Man! This flat’s got flower power

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

MON­DAY

I check the lat­est prop­erty head­lines first thing, and the au­tumn prom­ises en­cour­ag­ing signs of re­cov­ery. Later in the day I re­ceive a mem­ory-evok­ing email from an old client, re­mind­ing me how we first met 18 years ago.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s a di­vorce that has prompted him to get in touch and he needs to ar­range a val­u­a­tion. I put him in my diary for to­mor­row as he has “bribed” me with a glass of vino.

TUES­DAY

Lon­don feels busier this week, with more peo­ple out and about. In the last week we have seen an in­crease in se­ri­ous sell­ers in­struct­ing us to list their prop­er­ties for the busy Septem­ber mar­ket. This in turn leads to more en­quiries, a lot of them from Euro­pean buy­ers mak­ing the most of the euro/ ster­ling ex­change rate. I look at the week ahead and it is pretty much full up with view­ings.

I cut through to Flo­ral Street to my val­u­a­tion. This fa­mous cob­bled street is lo­cated just north of Covent Gar­den Pi­azza and my seller bought here be­fore Ap­ple moved in. He tells me that when Ap­ple came the whole land­scape changed, with many more stylish re­tail­ers and fash­ion la­bels ar­riv­ing.

The flat is in a small, well-run, mod­ern block and the owner has ex­tended the lease to make sure his in­vest­ment has re­mained at the top. We dis­cuss fig­ures and he lets me know when he will need to press ahead with the sale. Now for a fi­nal dis­cus­sion over that glass of vino. We head to the Crust­ing Pipe in the Pi­azza which has live mu­si­cal per­form­ers.

WED­NES­DAY

The sales team dis­cuss cur­rent of­fers and in­ter­ests. While trans­ac­tion lev­els across Lon­don are much lower, we are still manag­ing to at­tract the right buy­ers ready to move.

A col­league men­tions one par­tic­u­lar in­struc­tion which is quite high on price, but the own­ers need to sell quickly. Im­me­di­ately, my mem­ory kicks in — I know a man who is buy­ing on the same block. I give him a call to see how it’s go­ing and discover his pur­chase failed, so he’s on the look­out again. We ar­range a view­ing for to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

THURS­DAY

I’m off to Soho near the square, to value a flat where a lady has lived for 47 years. I’m not sure the decor has been touched since, as it’s very late-Six­ties. Her par­ents were in the restau­rant busi­ness with a place in Greek Street. They also ran a Soho night­club where the likes of Bob Dy­lan used to hang out

Fitzrovia’s the lo­ca­tion for a view­ing at a beau­ti­ful two-bed­room apart­ment with a large west-fac­ing ter­race suit­able for en­ter­tain­ing. The per­son look­ing pro­duces a very fa­mous chil­dren’s pro­gramme that my two-year- old daugh­ter adores. That prob­a­bly qual­i­fies his abil­ity to buy, all we need to do is make sure it suits them. In­ter­est­ingly he viewed the flat while FaceTim­ing his part­ner, giv­ing them a vir­tual tour via his mo­bile. All goes well and I am promised an of­fer early next week.

My prospec­tive buyer from yesterday is keen on the flat we showed him. He makes a low of­fer ini­tially but prom­ises there is more in the tank. All pos­i­tive signs for the mar­ket as we ap­proach the busier au­tumn pe­riod when peo­ple look to com­plete be­fore the Christ­mas break. Did I re­ally just say that word? Christ­mas is closer than you think.

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