Diary of an estate agent: Clerkenwell

I grab breakfast and catch up on the news before jumping on the train. After a second coffee — accompanied by the usual promise to myself to drink less coffee — it’s into the office to prepare for the day. 

Mondays start at 9am with the team evaluation meeting and objectives for the week ahead. I check up on outstanding offers and update the landlords before handling the usual influx of weekend enquiries. 

This afternoon I’m taking an applicant to view a two-bedroom apartment nearby. It’s in a secluded location, only a short walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square but tucked away above a charming pedestrianised passageway, so it’s surprisingly quiet.

The property has a balcony that looks down on the little  shops and galleries below. It’s like stepping back in time to Victorian London.

A panicked applicant calls me. They’ve been looking for a suitable property with no luck all over the festive period and they still haven’t found anywhere they like.

I assure them it’s no problem, there are always a few options available after Christmas and New Year are out of the way, and I set up a couple of viewings for this afternoon.

This time I’m on the Holborn side of Covent Garden, showing a loft-style apartment with large windows. It’s great for the West End, and in easy reach of the City. 

Taking in the surroundings, my previously panicked applicant has gone a bit quiet. However, it turns out that’s a sign of contentment, as they make an offer on the spot. I’m happy to notify the landlord immediately, and get going with the paperwork. 

Midweek momentum is what today’s all about. I receive a call from a relocation agent I’ve worked with many times for high-profile clients.

A senior diplomat has some very specific requirements and we happen to have just the thing. It’s off-market, but our Nine Elms manager chats to the owner and they agree to a viewing.

The agent and diplomat love it — and what’s not to love? It’s a new development with incredible facilities and the applicant didn’t expect to be able to get inside, so it has the exclusivity factor. It’s a win-win for all parties and leads to the second agreed offer of the week.

CBRE’s Development Consultancy team refers a landlord to us who is building a new block of flats in Clerkenwell. That means we will be involved in the project from the planning and development stages right through to letting and managing the completed properties.

We’ve organised a site visit accompanied by some of our corporate tenants, who let multiple units for employees. 

We walk through Covent Garden and up to Clerkenwell, admiring how good central London is looking on a fine winter’s day. The corporate tenants love the development and indicate they might even take the whole block.

These deals are normally a slow burn and can take a while to get agreed, but the landlord is ecstatic with the interest on the very first day.

An office quiz lightens the mood first thing, before I contact a range of applicants and landlords to update them and carry out a couple of Friday viewings.

We finish the day in our local for a few end-of-the-week drinks. I’ve just completed on my own property purchase, so the weekend is also going to be a busy one.

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