What a long winter that was — but today it is summer in Fitzrovia. I walked through Regent’s Park recently on the way back to our office in Charlotte Street and the flower beds are really looking wonderful. We’re so lucky to have it as our back garden.
Today we’re taking on a flat just around the corner from Goodge Street Tube station. It’s one I know well, because we sold it to a professor at the university two years ago. It is always great to receive returning business. We must have done a good job.
We have a Georgian house for sale with some amazing features, including high ceilings, an original stone staircase and original ceiling mouldings. I think I have the perfect buyer for this but the only problem is, he doesn’t know he is looking yet. He is a guy who sold his property a few years ago and now lives in Australia. I am going to phone him as this is a real one-off.
This afternoon, we make contact with the head at All Souls’ School in Foley Street, local to our office. Every summer, we set a competition and the winners from different age groups can have their excellent art put up on our company’s wall for all to see. The Hudsons wall is a mural which is located at the end of Charlotte Street where it meets Rathbone Place. Our job is to help select the best pictures to put up. I am no expert in this department but the headmistress is, thankfully.
Our Australian resident has been in touch. He’s in Sydney, but is sending a friend around tomorrow to see the Georgian house on his behalf. Had a strange one today — someone rang up and liked the voice on the answerphone so much she decided there and then that she would definitely do business with Hudsons. Mr Hudson (whose voice it is) will be happy.
After work, I take a look at a mansion flat and then have a drink with the owners at the Charlotte Street Hotel. They are old buyers of mine who are keen to see how the local market is and how much their property might be worth now. It is so nice to keep in touch with people and it’s always great to see what they have done with their space.
The hotel is always buzzy and there is often a celeb in there for a cocktail before they head off to sample the menu at one of the great local restaurants. We have dealt with a number of celebrities over the past 11 years: ultimate discretion is always a priority.
The friend of our Australian contact walks back to the office with me after we view the house. It turns out they almost made a move on this house a number of years back but the present owners beat them to it. Coincidence? He’s impressed we don’t drive anywhere — I tell him that most of the places we deal with are accessible by foot and that’s how we all stay slim. He’s going to recommend an offer to his friend. Our client will be pleased: a potential offer inside of two days. It just shows how important it is to know where every possible buyer is in the world — even if they are not looking yet and are in Australia.
This morning was the deadline for our sealed bids probate sale on a mews house close to the office. We had 100 viewings on it and the response has been phenomenal. The bids have been well in excess of the reserve price and, more importantly, over my clients’ expectations. They will be delighted.
Tonight I am off to a client’s housewarming party — who says people don’t like estate agents? The couple have just had a baby and said how much they appreciated our help in getting the purchase through for them. Really looking forward to seeing the house furnished and full of people enjoying themselves.
Simon Bray is sales manager at Hudsons in Charlotte Street, W1 (020 7323 2277).