Diary of an estate agent: Peckham
Our morning meeting gets off to a fantastic start. The weekend has seen eight new buyer registrations, 12 valuation requests and seven offers. The team is on such a high that not even the antics of a reveller performing some wild dance moves and moonwalking outside can distract us from the job at hand. We get on the phones and to work.
Saturday saw several viewings of a beautiful, three-bedroom, semidetached house opposite Peckham Rye Common, which is home not only to the vendors but also their dogs, their pride and joy. One of Saturday's viewers desperately wants to visit the property for a second time today.
We get on the phone to arrange this with the vendor, only to be told that no viewings are allowed before 2pm, because the dogs sleep in until that time. The would-be buyers kindly oblige and we schedule in the viewing for 3pm. Meanwhile, our in-branch financial adviser has an interesting conversation with a gentleman who is officially "jobless" but interested in discussing mortgage options available to him. Is it me or is this week taking a novel turn?
The day gets off to an exciting start. A negotiator takes a call from someone sounding suspiciously like a famous London musician, who is interested in a property that has space for a recording studio. We arrange for him to see three properties and, sure enough, the man in question arrives within the hour with his beautiful girlfriend and equally beautiful sports car. In the end, he dislikes the house he asked to view but loves one of the other suitable properties he wasn't expecting to see — great result. He views the house for a second time this evening with his manager and friend, and after receiving confirmation of his mortgage, makes a great offer. The week has picked up and it's moving fast.
The couple who had a second viewing of the "pooch palace" on Peckham Rye Common call to put in an offer 10 per cent over the asking price so we know they are serious. I'm sure the vendors will be happy, but the dogs will be less so with a move on the cards.
We have a lady booked in this afternoon to view buy-to-let properties. She lives out of London and doesn't know the area, so I've planned a scenic drive to show her all it has to offer, such as Nunhead Cemetery — regarded as one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries in London — and quaint Bellenden Village with its array of boutique shops. Of the five properties I show her, she loves a two-bedroom garden flat on Lyndhurst Way close to Peckham Rye station, which is ideal for a professional couple or sharers, as well as a three- to four-bedroom Victorian conversion in nearby Danby Street with a garden.
These types of property are always in demand as investments that yield a good return. Our letting office has seen an influx of local buy-to-let landlords and demand is particularly high for two-bedroom flats for professionals sharing and family homes.
Our financial adviser meets the "jobless" buyer and with a mortgage strategy in place, refers him to one of the negotiators, as he is in fact in the market for a project property.
Having had experience with private property development before, this buyer is well-informed, driven and knows what he wants. We have the perfect property on Ivydale Road. It's a three-bedroom Victorian end-of-terrace house with room for a loft conversion and side and rear extensions to create a massive open-plan kitchen and living space opening to the garden.
Outside there is potential for a home office or multi-use annexe plus a garage. The buyer is thrilled and the viewing is arranged for tomorrow morning. I look forward to hearing about how it goes in our Monday morning meeting.
Jason Davis is sales manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward's Peckham branch (020 7639 2029).