When asked the age-old question ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’ I am probably one of the few people that actually replied ‘in estate agency’. It is unfortunate I gave that answer during my first week as a production assistant at BBC’s Top Gear as I quickly realised the correct answer should have been more along the lines of ‘researcher’ or ‘editor’. A couple of years’ later fate stepped in and the last series I worked on featured a panel of experts from various industries, the final show focusing on the director of a national estate agency. Once the show aired I contacted the director to discuss my plan to change career – and the rest is history!
Fast-forward nearly eight years and I am proud to say I work for a company that always works in the clients’ interests, giving the best advice possible. I always aim to be honest with landlords – even if that sometimes means telling them what they don’t necessarily want to hear.
On the whole, the early months of 2013 were pretty unremarkable for the local lettings market with a lot of stock available to a smaller pool of applicants. People have been choosing to buy and there are fewer corporate relocations occurring. Whereas previously we dealt mainly with the finance industry, this has shifted to new media and pharmaceutical clients. The latter months of this year have been pretty frantic and we expect this to continue into 2014 as it has done in previous years. The good news is that with a better balance between stock and applicants we could see some modest price rises next year for our landlords.
Associate Director – Lettings, Mountgrange Heritage
Published in Absolutely Notting Hill, January 2014