Thu 28 Jan 2016
Its still only January but the office is already a buzz of activity. First things first, we look at and respond to all theonline weekend enquiries. In all my years of working in a London estate agency, this certainly feels like one of thebusiest starts to the year and will hopefully set the tone for the next few months. In addition, we received twooffers and I am looking forward to getting these agreed in the coming days.
My first meeting is to revisit a townhouse I saw a year ago when the lovely owner was planning on developing hersmall two-bedroom home. Its now well under way to becoming a stunning, three-bedroom family house with afantastic living space and design features - what a transformation.
My second appointment is at a beautiful new-build apartment overlooking Regents Canal with a huge receptionroom and balcony, which the seller is looking to release prior to the buy-to-let stamp duty increase, as its theperfect investment property. After a leisurely stroll back to the office along the canal, taking in the lively delightsof , the day ends with an agreed offer, another one in the throes of negotiation, and a new instruction.
As anticipated, the new instruction is very popular, especially as there simply isnt enough property on the marketin the area. By the afternoon, the office diary is full with viewings and our client is very happy.
However, the day isnt without its challenges. The second offer is proving tough to negotiate, but we are gettingthe seller and buyer closer to an agreement.
The afternoon is dedicated to managing our under-offer portfolio of properties - speaking to solicitors, sellers andpurchasers to establish what needs to happen in order to exchange contracts. As the day draws to a close, we getthe sticky offer agreed - I think this was somewhat helped by my second double espresso of the day.
I have a busy day of valuations lined up and each meeting requires detailed preparation, including localcomparable sales to assure our clients that we are in the best position to get them the best price. The first stop isa huge penthouse apartment in a sought-after converted factory, a short walk from the office.
I meet a cheery search agent who is looking after his clients property matters. The penthouse is quirky andstylish, the sort of place I would love to live in. I just know weve got plenty of buyers waiting in the wings.
Next, I meet a couple with an 18-month-old son who are planning to move to St Albans. Interestingly, we see thismigration route from Camden quite often. Having lived in the area for many years, they are dubious aboutleaving, but want a family house and garden.
Their toddler involves himself fully in the proceedings, gurgling away and taking a healthy interest in thebrochures - trying to eat them and using them as sliding material across the wooden floors. Im glad ourmarketing material is put to such good use.
I have time for a quick stop at the office to respond to any messages and emails before running out again formeetings, and a late finish.
Every Thursday we have our regional meeting, which begins at 8.30am at our Little Venice office. We go throughall of the deals currently in the pipeline and share details of properties with our neighbouring offices. This is achance to swap ideas and encourage them to bring their buyers across to this part of London. Marsh & Parsonsunique open network means that our clients properties are exposed to a greater number of people, so theirchances of getting the best sale increases.
Back at the office, we have multiple offers on a property near Euston, so a bid process is arranged. Each buyer isinvited to put forward their best offer, backed up with their buying position and proof of financial status, so theseller can make a decision. When the bids have been submitted, the negotiators wait to hear who has the winningoffer. Its a close call. The seller decides to go with the highest offer, from a purchaser who can move quickly.
Everyone in the office seems to have that Friday feeling and the banter between the sales and lettings teams hasreached a whole new level.
It appears weve all got full diaries with lots of viewings, and I am on my way to a meeting with a gentlemanwhose house we were marketing towards the end of last year. Since then, he has spruced up the property and weare freshly launching it today.
As the working day ends, were ready to hit one of our favourite Camden watering holes for a well-earned drink -and to celebrate my birthday.
Enna-Mae Assiter is an associate director and sales manager in the Camden office of Marsh & Parsons inParkway, NW1 (020 7244 2200). Get the latest property news with our weekly newsletter
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