Diary of an estate agent: Muswell Hill

A Muswell Hill agent swaps caffeine for an accordian recital and meets a killer kitten
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I arrive in the office looking forward to getting back to work after a weekend of hectic wedding planning. Fantastic start to the week with one of my negotiators bringing in six offers thanks to plenty of viewings - on his weekend off. After getting stuck into agreeing some of the offers, I have a couple of great valuations locally, one in a beautiful two-bedroom period conversion in Alexandra Park Road and another at a lovely garden flat in Florence Road, Stroud Green. Maybe Mondays aren’t so bad after all.


A very busy day, with a string of valuations in my diary. I have an interesting mix of properties to see, ranging from a huge house in Crouch End to a studio flat in Bounds Green.

Funnily enough, many of these properties are currently tenanted through our lettings department. It looks like some landlords may consider sales if they can get the right price and now is definitely the time - more than 2,500 new sales applicants registered with Foxtons last week.


I try to avoid my morning breakfast stop-off at Caffè Nero today as we have two birthdays in my office and that can only mean one thing: lots of chocolate cake. The valuations today include a fantastic period house just off Dukes Avenue in Muswell Hill and when I get there I meet Killer the cat. Luckily Killer doesn’t live up to his name and is just a gorgeous new kitten, so I manage to escape without any scratches or holes in my tights.


Thursday is always the day of the early morning meeting. This gives us a chance to go through all new agreed offers and exchanges over the previous seven days. To add a different dynamic to the mix, one of my valuers, Daniel, has brought in his new accordion to play, as a “reward” for us hitting our recent sales target. Forget coffee, this instrument is all you need. After the meeting we spend a while looking through our sales register - we now have more than 200 sales instructions, the most we have had for a while. My diary is a bit quieter today so time to catch up with clients and chase some exchanges. We are hoping to have four this week.


Today is exchange day and my valuers and I are going to be very busy. One particular sale, in Bounds Green, is almost ready to exchange but is being held up because the surveyor mentioned there may be a problem with the flat roof. Luckily the buyer knows a lot about roofs and says that if he could see this one for himself, he would be satisfied and would exchange.

With the clock ticking and our vendor abroad, our resourceful negotiator Ben checks with the vendor first and then rents a ladder and clambers up the side of the building with the buyer. Thankfully they survive and the sale proceeds to exchange.

It has been a busy and productive week and after a few hours going over the negotiators’ diaries for the weekend ahead and speaking to clients for an update, we rush off to Camden for our divisional meeting.

Katy Stern is sales manager at Foxtons' Muswell Hill office. Call 020 8829 4040 (foxtons.co.uk)

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