Diary of an estate agent: Docklands

Dodging the wheeler-dealers in Canary Wharf.
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It’s the start of a big week for the Hamptons International team at Canary Wharf. The branch has been open for a little over three months now and the time has come to host a launch party. With only four days left until the big event, we kick off the morning with a motivational team meeting.
There’s still so much to do, including prizes to source for the raffle we are running to raise money for our charity partner, Cancer Research UK, not to mention trying to calculate just how many bottles of fizz we will need on the night — it’s important to get that one right. The meeting is a huge success and everyone is upbeat and ready for the week ahead — it’s crazy how a sniff of a party can really rally the troops.
While there is talk of the London market cooling, I am very pleased to report that our diary is still hot. I spend the day meeting with potential clients who are considering selling their property — all in all, an encouraging sign. One appointment is at a beautiful penthouse apartment with double-aspect views overlooking Royal Docks. We stand on the balcony taking in the views, and it’s such a clear, bright day we can see for miles.
Later I head to a business meeting in Landmark East and narrowly miss being knocked over by a Lycra-clad cyclist. The Tour de France, which passed through Canary Wharf recently, seems to have brought out the Chris Froome in the E14 workforce. 
I arrive at the office just after 8am to find some Wharf workers examining our window cards promoting tomorrow’s launch party. The rest of the team are all in early, too, which is just as well, as a newly launched two-bedroom apartment is causing quite a stir and the overnight portals have brought in a host of viewing requests.
We review the diary and delegate. Later, I take a financial adviser for lunch. It’s his birthday and we sit in an Italian restaurant in Canada Square. It’s a hot summer’s day and the place is buzzing. Today I am drawing up my local “Market Update” which I send to our local database. I have a chat with the Hamptons research team. Prices are levelling off, but a sensible, steady marketplace is what’s needed.

We kick off the day with our usual team meeting but ahead of our launch party this evening unusual activities ensue, as each team member has been given 10 action points to carry out before guests arrive at 5pm. We seem to have 50 balloons each to blow up...
The evening gets off to a flying start, as two of our biggest international developers arrive with their consortium members in tow. The office soon fills as more and more faces, old and new, join us for a glass of fizz. The team take the opportunity to meet with professionals working in the area, potential investors and local residents.
When the party draws to a close we send guests on their merry way in our Hamptons-branded London cabs. We have a quick team debrief and tidy up ahead of a much-deserved bite to eat and a large glass of wine on me. Great effort — thanks team.
The morning after the night before never felt so good. The positive feedback from the party has already started coming through and the event really does seem to have put our new office on the map. With Saturday just around the corner and generally a busy day for viewings, we have a number of appointments booked.
We call ahead to each and every one and confirm tomorrow’s diary in advance. Aside from the usual issue of a tenant not wishing us to view their property over the weekend, the day runs smoothly and we have a debrief meeting at 5.30pm to tie up the week’s loose ends. 
  • Julian Amos is the manager of Hamptons International in Canary Wharf (030 ​7293 0338).

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