People often wonder what a day in the life of an estate agent actually looks like. Yes, sometimes it’s phone calls and emails in the office, but there are days when I’m out on the road.
The bit about my job I love most of all is travelling all over Devon and Cornwall seeing lovely properties and meeting my clients… but it can make for a long day. Last Wednesday I set off from home in Totnes at 6.45am and headed down the A38 to take my son to tennis practice at Ivybridge. Whilst waiting for him I fired up my laptop and called a client in New Zealand who is selling a lovely detached coastal house in the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. I had to talk to him as we were negotiating a completion date and were at somewhat of an impasse. I discussed an option I had come up with that I wanted to clear with his lawyers before going to the buyer and his solicitors.
Back in the car to Berry Pomeroy near Totnes to drop my son off at his school then off to Camborne in Cornwall. In the car I talked to the buyer and his solicitors and agreed a way forward so that exchange could take place at the end of the week. Arrived at Camborne to discuss 2 schemes of new apartments in Newquay, amounting to 20 units, with a developer client. Went over pricing, design and marketing and agreed a launch date for one of the developments which has lovely sea views. This was a very successful meeting and I can’t wait for these to launch the sea view apartments off plan in July, watch this space!
Back on the A30 to meet with a Joint Agent in Starbucks, the large Mocha Frappuccino and sandwich was very welcome. We went over the pricing for a luxury, cliff top, sea view new build development of 65 apartments before calling our client in London to agree the suggested pricing and discuss some amendments to the floor plans we wanted.
You guessed it, back on the road to Mawgan Porth, a lovely bay close to Watergate Bay in time for a coffee at the lovely Scarlet Hotel then a stroll up the road to show some sea view apartments to 2 potential buyers. These apartments are being totally refurbished and were meant to be almost finished with the furniture being put in that day. Arrived to find 20 builders on site, finishing off. Very good viewings and am currently negotiating the sale of the one bedroom apartment.
Back in the car heading back home but on the phone constantly with a buyer who is purchasing a period barn on Dartmoor through us. The buyers are having problems with their very slow solicitor and we finally found out what the problem was: some questions had not been answered. After sorting this out I arrived home at 7pm and made a call to my client to update her on the progress of the Barn sale.
First call 7.15am last call 7.15pm 200 miles travelled, 3 meetings, 4 coffees drunk.
Now for a beer.
I hope this has given some insight into a day in the life of an estate agent. If you have a property in the region and would like advice on selling contact Miles or Gail at Chartsedge and we will be happy to help.