Diary of an estate agent: Crouch End

A lettings agent in Crouch End comes across a Hoover man in his Y-fronts who wants to discuss the market
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On this beautiful sunny morning it seems the weather has put everyone in the mood to move. We're off to a positive start with a flurry of offers from the weekend and two great instructions — a charming three-bedroom house on South View Road and a two-bedroom flat in central Crouch End on Elder Avenue.

As the day progresses, the mood dips slightly with news that prospective tenants have pulled out of one of my favourite houses in the area, a stunning four-bedroom home on Edison Road within the ever-popular Coleridge School catchment.


It's all hands on deck to re-market Edison Road. The team rings round everyone registered with our branch and the surrounding three branches — Muswell Hill, Islington and Belsize Park. The result is four viewings booked over the next couple of days and a few more at the weekend. There's nothing like a concentrated call-out to rustle up some interest.

Later in the day we take a break by looking through some of the amazing artwork sent in by local children for our primary schools art competition. We select our favourites from Coleridge and Rokesley Primary Schools. It's hard to believe how talented some of these youngsters are.


Crouch End's café culture is in full swing, with plenty of residents enjoying the sun and every available outdoor seat on the Broadway occupied. The weather presents an interesting situation for me, as I am called by a landlord who has arranged for me to pay a visit to his tenants and reassess the rental price of his property.

I have advised him that rents in the area have increased dramatically since last year, and when I turn up at the valuation I'm greeted by a tenant in just his Y-fronts. He proceeds to vacuum his living room while insisting on having an in-depth conversation about the property market.


The enquiries are coming in thick and fast for the three-bedroom property on South View Road. However, everyone who has enquired so far has a dog. I speak to the landlord and explain that it is common for that area to attract dog owners due to its proximity to the open spaces of Alexandra Palace. But the landlord is adamant he will not take pets and the result is a lot of disappointed applicants. So I explain to the team that they must see if they can place the tenants in other suitable properties.

The landlord from my revaluation yesterday returns my call and is more than happy with the suggested marketing price in excess of 10 per cent higher than his current income. We are instructed on the spot. This, combined with another offer agreed, leaves a sweet taste in my mouth. I think a round of homemade ice creams from Riley's is in order.


It's still so warm outside that we have tenants and landlords dropping in for a spot of air con. Our clients are an eclectic bunch and always have something interesting to chat about.

The dog saga continues with another three proud pedigree pooch owners enquiring after South View Road. They would all make excellent tenants, with some saying they would pay in excess of the asking price, but the landlord is sticking fast. I receive an email from a landlord requesting a valuation on a house currently for sale on Ridge Road, another of my favourite roads in the area due to the stunning views of Alexandra Palace.

The landlord does not live locally and can only make it on Saturday, which is my long-awaited day off, but seeing as I live locally and I've seen the stunning pictures of the house I'm happy to give up an hour of my day and I arrange a meeting for 11.30am. With a positive second viewing booked for Edison Road and a packed weekend of viewings ahead, we all head off to enjoy Crouch End's finest beer gardens.

Damien Brown is lettings manager in the Crouch End branch of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (020 8341 1110).

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