Di­ary of an es­tate agent

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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.

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