Estate Agency wasn’t always a calling for me; whilst many people at school dreamed of becoming astronauts and football players, I wanted to be a teacher. But after doing my PGCE I came to the realisation that life outside of an educational institution looked far more exciting. That was eight years ago and now I’m thriving in the fast paced and varied world of property. It might seem like a strange shift of focus but there are many transferrable skills; negotiation skills are the same, whether you’re dealing with vendors, buyers or children!
Kensington is one of the best areas of London in which to live and work thanks to the combination of exclusive pockets like ‘Stratford Village’, the energy of Kensington High Street and the proximity to some of London’s best parks. Aside from enjoying the community feel on Stratford Road, particularly the coffees and treats on offer in Fait Maison, my other love is Kensington Square where I always feel like I’m on the set of a Jane Austen novel!
Being an agent in this market is really exciting. On one hand we are negotiating phenomenal deals, achieving 10% over asking prices in a few cases whilst on the other hand we are employing our finest estate agent skills to garner interest on properties which are taking a little longer to sell.
There is a lot of speculation about what the market will do over the next year; with the proposed change in capital gains tax for overseas vendors and the prospect of an increase in interest rates, more stock may come onto the market and make it less frenetic. Whatever happens I believe the desire from so many to live in Kensington means prices will remain strong.
Associate Director – Sales, Mountgrange Heritage
Published in Absolutely Notting Hill, January 2014