Di­ary of an es­tate agent

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It’s my first day in CBRE’s West End of­fice fol­low­ing my trans­fer from east Lon­don, so I’m feel­ing pretty ex­cited. I loved work­ing in Ca­nary Wharf but I’m ready to get my teeth into a dif­fer­ent mar­ket. My new man­ager takes me for a cof­fee and we run through my first day’s itin­er­ary, start­ing with get­ting to know ap­pli­cants.

My first view­ing is a six-bed­room refurbished town­house in Clerken­well, with an ap­pli­cant who is look­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion for some of the cast of a West End mu­si­cal. He of­fers on the prop­erty there and then. I won­der if there’s a chance of any dis­counted tick­ets…


I’m with a mem­ber of in­ter­na­tional roy­alty who is look­ing for a Lon­don base around Knights­bridge. We visit an in­cred­i­ble two-bed­room apart­ment — fin­gers crossed it ticks the boxes. The rest of my day takes me on mul­ti­ple view­ings stretch­ing from Covent Gar­den right over to Wap­ping where I do a view­ing with a de­vel­op­ment which, when com­plete, will to­tally trans­form this part of town, cre­at­ing new homes, shops, restau­rants, bars and pub­lic space.


With my man­ager, I’m off to see a refurbished two-bed­room apart­ment in Bel­gravia. It has been fin­ished to an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard and is just a few min­utes’ walk from Har­rods, which I’m sure will be a ma­jor at­trac­tion. We get in­structed there and then.


Our sales team has for­warded an in­ter­est­ing task to me. It is a re­quest from a film di­rec­tor look­ing to rent mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties for his crew. I im­me­di­ately book him in to look at some apart­ments around South­bank,his pre­ferred area. Then it’s straight back to the of­fice to try to get some of these of­fers tied up.


I tuck into my Friday treat — a full English break­fast — on my way to the of­fice. It has been a hec­tic first week but the week­end is in sight.

Fri­days are al­ways a bit manic as we try to get deals tied up, and within 20 min­utes I’ve al­ready had two ad­di­tional of­fers. The team then man­ages to get these of­fers agreed be­fore the af­ter­noon — to the de­light of the land­lords and ten­ants con­cerned. It has by all ac­counts been a great first week for me here in the heart of town.

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