Not a night owl but an early bird

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Inside Story -

what feels like an age, the alarm stops and there are no blue flash­ing lights. That would not have been a good start.


Hav­ing walked what felt like the en­tire bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea yes­ter­day it is a wel­come re­lief to have an in­tro­duc­tion to the com­pany at our head of­fice this morn­ing. I’ve worked pre­vi­ously for an in­ter­na­tional agent as well as an in­de­pen­dent Lon­don agency, and Strutt & Parker feels like a mix­ture of the two — punch­ing well above its weight given its size but main­tain­ing the per­son­able and fam­ily feel of an in­de­pen­dent es­tate agent.

I re­turn to the of­fice and pre­pare for my first view­ing. It’s a charm­ing onebed­room, first-floor flat only a short walk from the of­fice that has caught the eye of a young pro­fes­sional who wants to move into Chelsea. The view­ing goes ex­tremely well and we re­ceive an of­fer.


A rather cu­ri­ous story about a ri­val agent in the area is the hot topic at this morn­ing’s team meet­ing. It tran­spires that af­ter we took on a client’s prop­erty from this agent, they con­tacted us to say they had re­ceived an of­fer from one of their ap­pli­cants. But all was not what it seemed. We ac­cepted the agent’s re­quest to bring the ap­pli­cant to view the prop­erty again. When they ar­rived, my col­league was there to greet them both, and when asked if they had seen it be­fore, the ap­pli­cant replied “No”. Nat­u­rally this was quite a sur­prise and will need fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion…


As my first week draws to a close, I can see ex­actly why this neigh­bour­hood is such a de­sir­able lo­ca­tion. My lo­cal knowl­edge gleaned so far is tested when a gen­tle­man comes into the of­fice to reg­is­ter with us and grills me for a good 15 min­utes about trans­port links, schools and res­tau­rants. Thank­fully I pass the test and ar­range for him to see a se­lec­tion of prop­er­ties next week.

As we head into the week­end, a de­part­ing col­league ties up a fan­tas­tic deal on a house for a val­ued client. We toast the deal be­fore head­ing home for a well-earned, re­lax­ing week­end.

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