Diary of an estate agent: Farnham

Our Farnham estate agent deals with major road works causing chaos near the office and discovers that a new bakery across the road offers the perfect excuse to have cakes for breakfast
Diary of an estate agent
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My week begins with an early team briefing to plan for the week ahead. We have several offers to discuss and one unexpected fall-through where the buyer has pulled out at the very last minute. Our elderly client is understandably very upset and we must find her another buyer as soon as possible.

This afternoon, I accompany the teams from all of our local offices to a preview prior to launching the latest addition to our portfolio, Lanercost, which is a brand-new five-bedroom house by award-winning developer Octagon, set in a private one-acre plot in one of Farnham’s most prestigious locations, Moor Park.

The council is carrying out major works to the gas main and has closed part of the one-way system, causing havoc. It takes one of my colleagues over an hour just to get out of the car park. We manage to renegotiate a new sale for our elderly client to a previous under-bidder, so she is very happy today!

And we finally exchange contracts on a beautiful Grade II*-listed Georgian townhouse which has been refurbished by award-winning local developer Arcadia, with gated private parking and garage. We’ve enjoyed selling this house and love the tiny set of steps which lead on to the rooftop — it is breathtaking to be able to see the view over Farnham.

At our breakfast team meeting to discuss how the week is progressing there’s a wonderful excuse to have cakes with our coffee, as a new bakery has just opened across the road. Next, I get straight on with finalising negotiations on an elegant Georgian house in Churt, set in three acres and with a lovely swimming pool. It has caught the eye of a number of local and central London buyers with more than 20 viewings in 10 days — we are thrilled to agree the sale at the guide price.

I am meeting a legendary rock star (I have been known to belt out a few of his tracks in the shower) and I am taking him to see a wonderful village house; he hopes that he can convert part of the property to make a recording studio.
On another one of our more modest houses, we receive five bids and we may have to go to “best and final offers”.

It is a busy day, with lots of response to this week’s advert — and tomorrow looks like being very exciting and hectic, too.

There is a wedding at St Andrew’s Church just opposite our office. The bells are ringing and it all makes for a very pretty scene. It was here that an episode of the television detective drama Foyle’s War was recorded, so it is a very popular location for such a special day.

The preparations for Farnham Carnival have begun and I am watching the goings-on from our office window. The street looks really colourful. This is an annual summer highlight, with local stalls supporting good charities and small companies promoting their services. There is bandstand music, a grand street parade and live entertainment late into the evening. For now, I think a cold beer alfresco will be a perfect end to my week — and thankfully the one-way system has reopened.

Roger Wade is a partner with Strutt & Parker and head of its Farnham office (01252 821 102)

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