Diary of an estate agent: Covent Garden

A Covent Garden estate agent is busy marketing a flat with views over Leicester Square and a rare mews house in the heart of Soho
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Diary of an estate agent
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As autumn takes hold it’s a pleasure getting into the warmth and dryness of the office on a Monday morning, but a busy week ahead means I’ll be out and about a lot over the next few days.

The first job of the week is to value a lovely duplex one-bedroom flat overlooking Leicester Square. They don’t come more central than this, and would be ideal for a film buff — you can see the red carpet from the window. The view from the apartment is great for people watching, as Leicester Square is always buzzing. I think this property will be snapped up quickly, so I get back to the office, and get it on to our website immediately.

I spend the morning meeting up with a buyer who is considering selling her three-bedroom flat, which she bought through us at EA Shaw more than four years ago. She is surprised how much the market has risen over the years, so is even more pleased that she bought in the area in the first place. People are often wary about whether they’ll make money putting their property back on the market quite quickly, but I always say that fortune favours the brave.

I love the fact that I deal with a great diversity of people and buildings. This afternoon I am looking after a French couple interested in a small studio in Russell Square. It is their dream to own a pied-à-terre in central London and I’m responsible for making it happen. At the same time, I’m speaking about the benefits of Crossrail and journey times to Heathrow to a buyer in Kuala Lumpur. I think they will end up buying a three-bedroom property overlooking the river at a luxurious new development on the South Bank which is due to due to complete in 2017, and will transform the London skyline.

I’m out today with a buyer who is looking at a flat for the third time. Estate agents often feel the third viewing is the one where buyers are looking more at the negatives rather than the positives. Ever the optimist, I get a good feeling when this one gives me his solicitor’s details and shows me proof of funds, but the offer is elusive. I spend the rest of the day on paperwork, hoping tomorrow brings better results.

We have just been instructed on a fabulously redeveloped mews house in the heart of Soho, which has the most beautiful living space. This type of property very rarely comes to the market in this location and I have many buyers who would snap it up, so I embark on a big call-out. This location has become incredibly popular over the past five years. Soho has been transformed into the buzzing heart of the metropolis, so I line up several viewings for next week.

We’ve got a number of new developments coming up for sale in Soho over the next year or so, so all interest is recorded on our database ready for an exclusive preview as new properties become available.

Lots of loose ends get tied up this morning. Much to my surprise, it’s third time lucky as the offer comes in from Wednesday’s viewing, which is a great result.

In the late afternoon, I quickly preview an off-market penthouse overlooking Covent Garden Piazza with one of my favourite search agents. The terrace is a no-go area as the heavens open and it pours with rain, but it’s obvious what a fabulous space it would make in the summer. I call that another busy and satisfying week in central London.

Craig Simpson is a senior sales negotiator at EA Shaw in Covent Garden (020 7420 3050)

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