Diary of an estate agent

Our west Chelsea agent exchanges on a property worth £4.5 million and a potential sale is possibly ruined by the noisy neighbours upstairs
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I return to work after a short break in Devon, following last week's mad rush to get sales through before the stamp duty increase kicked in. In our London offices alone we had deals amounting to £35 million in just one day - a record figure.

I follow up on an amazing raised-ground floor SW10 flat we brought to the market on Friday where we had 14 back-to-back viewings - I sense another sealed bid.

After lunch I receive a call from a new client with a gorgeous penthouse maisonette overlooking communal gardens. I may have the perfect buyer for this one.


We bring a very smart maisonette to the market and within three hours we have 22 viewings lined up. After lunch I meet up with the buyer at an apartment we recently agreed on, to measure up for furniture. The flat is on a garden square in SW5 and very quiet with little traffic noise.

While the buyer and I stand in the drawing room looking over the square we both hear some commotion upstairs. After a few more seconds we realise that the neighbours are getting down to a bit of "mid-afternoon delight" - and, unfortunately, we can hear everything.

It's all very awkward for those of us forced to listen in, and we both try to strike up a louder conversation about the flat. I wonder whether our buyer is going to remain as keen on the apartment that had seemed so peaceful and idyllic to him before.


After a typical slow local authority search, we exchange at £4.5 million on a house that took only one viewing to get agreed, and which never officially came to the market. There is now one very happy client sunning himself on his Easter holidays.

We take instructions on a great first-floor apartment with a roof terrace in the best part of South Kensington, and within two hours we have a full afternoon of buyers lined up.


With the royal wedding and another bank holiday fast approaching, we really do need to get through all these deals that we have under offer.

The run of long weekends just now means that we can expect the vast majority of our clients - not to mention many of the solicitors involved - to be enjoying their time off to the full by taking extra days away - making for a quieter market than we have been used to in recent weeks.


We have now been in our new office for more than three months and feel fully part of the thriving Fulham Road community. It has been a phenomenal few months with wonderful feedback from the locals. We are all really looking forward to the summer and I begin to dream about my own upcoming holiday.

My daydreaming is interrupted when I get a call from one of my "hottest" buyers, a very entertaining and famous English actor looking to downsize from a house to a flat. A very nice end to the week.

Will Watson is an associate at Strutt & Parker's office in west Chelsea (020 7373 1010).

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