Diary of an estate agent
demand. People love the views across Hyde Park and the city, as well as the proximity to Oxford Street and Selfridges.
I run back to the office to inform the team of the new instruction, as I am confident we will have some interested clients. The negotiators start calling around and it feels like a City trading floor for the next hour or so. I agree another long-term offer before heading off to a market appraisal in Marylebone Village, another seriously popular area.
one of my negotiators to give him a preview of the Mayfair property ahead of his viewing with the corporate client. He calls me after the viewing to say the apartment is a hit and I’m hopeful we can get the family moved in before Christmas. Picking up a much-needed coffee on the way, my next stop is a client meeting with a luxury retailer looking for some advice on their estate.
The portfolio is in a fantastic location just a few minutes’ walk away from their flagship store and I am confident that we can help them. I end the day with a viewing at the Marylebone property from yesterday and, as predicted, receive an offer on the spot.
There are a lot of offers at the moment on long leases of two to three years, as tenants look to lock in their rentals. I then have a very special afternoon appraising some penthouse apartments adjoining one of London’s most iconic five-star hotels. These are some of the best penthouses I’ve ever seen, with astounding views.
The client shows me around the hotel and the multi-storey spa. It is rumoured that a well-known Hollywood actor rents one of these penthouses.
I call a few contacts for whom yesterday’s penthouse apartments could be perfect, then head off to an agent’s new development launch.
Once back in the office I am thrilled to have multiple offers on my desk, all at the asking prices, including an offer on the Portman Square penthouse. It is agreed immediately and the couple are over the moon.
All these rentals agreed in four days, all to move in before Christmas — a record week for the team. There’s just time for a quick celebratory drink with my colleagues before I head off home to the family.