It’s half term, so getting to the office doesn’t present the usual challenge of navigating around double-parked 4x4’s. But it’s as busy a working day as ever, with plenty of new properties on our books. The week kicks off with a full team meeting to discuss the new instructions and last week’s activity.
The market is certainly very active. Two recently refurbished apartments in Ennismore Gardens receive multiple bids, and both clients are delighted with terms being agreed.
I meet a client to discuss complex viewing arrangements — her pet parrot lives in the kitchen and we must be very careful when going in. Needless to say, our first viewing is with an over-eager applicant who ignores our warnings and barges straight into the kitchen, releasing said parrot. After much flapping — mostly by me — the errant pet is returned to its perch.
We have been appointed to sell a number of apartments in a prestigious building in Knightsbridge, and the interest has been somewhat overwhelming. And with the new year sales still so far away!
Later this afternoon I have a meeting scheduled with a Chinese buyer but he gets lost in central London and calls in, sadly distressed, requesting us to find him — although he doesn’t know where he is.
With a call to our Chinese desk, and a hasty translation, we are able to make a co-ordinated search and locate the poor gentlemen only moments away from the office.
I go along with a valuation department colleague to a property in Hans Place, Knightsbridge, to look at five flats. We gain access to three of them with no problem but the last two have young house guests still in bed. We’re ushered into the bedrooms to chuckles from under the duvets and blushes all round. It’s an occupational hazard!
The office is awash with cakes as we are taking part in a Knight Frank charity initiative, holding a coffee morning/afternoon for friends and contacts and selling cakes to local agents. It all goes exceptionally well, despite the rather garish T-shirts we have to wear over our suits. They turn out to be a good idea though, as our best seller is a rather messy chocolate fudge cake.
It’s a busy end to the week as usual with back-to-back appointments - and it’s raining. Knight Frank’s very own chauffeur-driven London taxi aims to help with one of my property tours. Gary, the driver, does a sterling job, making the tour go swimmingly, and we get an offer on two apartments off Sloane Square — I always thought Gary would make a great agent. The Friday team drink at the Admiral Cod to wind down after a busy week - always well attended — is a grand start to the weekend.
Jeremy James is a senior negotiator on Knight Frank’s Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury desk (020 3435 6447).