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Published: 02/08/2017   Last Updated: 02/08/2017  
Author: Harriet Butler    Tags: Diary, Estate Agent, Sutton Coldfield

Diary of an Estate Agent

I wouldn’t change it for the world…


On Monday’s I work from home with my trusted laptop on the desk in my spare bedroom where the whole company started from over a year ago. Golden Retriever at my side and a fresh coffee at the ready, 8:30am #letsdothis

Viewing feedback from the previous weekend proving that you never can judge a book by it’s cover the couple who barely said a word during their viewing and had left after 15 minutes have put in a full asking price offer… I call the vendor straight away who screams down the phone she is so happy, I can’t help but laugh. “Congratulations, is that a yes?”

The afternoon is packed full meeting a local removal company and two new market appraisals… #excited

Shelbie is back in today, Woo Hoo #fullsteamahead
Morning meeting at 9:00am to catch up on the business over the last weekend and what needs to be done this week, pumped up and ready to go she heads straight out for a morning of viewings with some cracking buyers, I wonder how many offers she will come back with today?

Shelbie is back from the viewings with another market appraisal booked as the clients were struggling to sell their house and wondered if we could help? The buyers said they had previously looked over the house they viewed with Shelbie but as we take professional photographs for all of our properties the house suddenly stood out from the crowd and they were so pleased they had viewed. Can we do this for their house? Yes, Yes, YES!!!

4:00pm – New House coming to market, meet Phil our photographer there to get all of the marketing material ready, this house is going to sell, sell, sell!

Out and about, bright and early, leafleting for one of our vendors who is struggling to find a house to move to. Heath Croft Road, Mere Pool Road, Shepherds Pool Road… I wonder if anyone is looking to sell and would let them view first?

Emergency in the office one of our properties currently going through solicitors does not have building regulations and we were supposed to be exchanging next week, the buyer will not exchange without this and does not want indemnity insurance, one very worried vendor! First stop planning office at Birmingham City Council and we get retrospective building regulations pushed through? How long will this take? How much will this cost? When will they come out to access? What application forms need to be completed?

Take all of the above straight out to my vendor who fills the form out with me. I bring the forms straight back to the office and scan them over to the council and call to let them know that this is of the upmost importance.

Second viewing this afternoon, negotiate another offer but buyer and vendor still too far apart at the moment..

6:30am – BNI meeting at Moor Hall Hotel. I love meeting and supporting other local businesses in the area what a great bunch of people and platform to promote the business. One of the members knows a developer who is looking for an agent I wonder what this could lead to #newbuilds #newbusiness #buildingrelationships

Get into to the office and Shelbie is already buzzing away about a new property she has three viewings booked for, this girl is on fire! #aliciakeys

Sales chasing done today, time to catch up with solicitors, mortgage advisors, buyers and vendors to update with everyone about the progress of their sale/purchase.

The building regulations problem from yesterday has now got the survey booked in… result!

Ring Ring… my board has fell down in the wind! Ring Ring… My board has been vandalised, I think someone has put a snooker cue through it last night?? – Why does this happen?!?! These boards costs money! Order board to be removed and new board to be installed.

Completion day for one of our vendors today after selling the property three times today is the day they move out, over the last 4 months they have become real friends to us all at Hazelwoods. I pick up there flowers and moving day present and head to their house for the last time to wish them good luck and take the keys to deliver to their buyers! When one door closes, another door opens!

Open Day Preparation for tomorrow – 22 VIEWINGS CONFIRMED #successbreedssuccess
Attendance list - TICK
Flags - TICK
Sweets - TICK
Buyer Registration Forms - TICK
Offer Forms - TICK
Market Appraisal Forms - TICK
Pens - TICK
Stamp Duty Guidance Leaflet - TICK
Hazelwoods Leaflets - TICK
Hazelwoods Brochures - TICK

The typical british weather means that we are battling with our bright orange flags in the rain whilst being suited and booted… We couldn’t help but just laugh!
10:00am the first viewing arrives, the calm before the storm..
10:05am – Knock Knock
10:10am – Knock Knock
10:22am – Knock Knock
11:58am – The house is empty for 5 minutes so Shelbie and I get chance to catch up – 3 offers already ad we still have more viewings to go.
12:00am – Knock Knock
1:15pm – Open Day complete! We are buzzing! Shoe covers galore, aching feet and sweets all gone… what a successful day! (We even had a set of cyclists turn up after seeing the flags, view, make an offer and disappear over the hill again)

I call the vendor and tell her the good news, she is over the moon as all of the offers are over the asking price. We go to best and final offers by 2:00pm on Tuesday next week.

Two viewings this morning, I arrive at the first 10 minutes early to let the vendor take the dog out for a walk. The viewing is at 10:00am, 9:59am my phone buzzes in my hand, it’s the buyers there not coming as they are too hungover... call vendor to come back and apologise about this on a Sunday morning give the dog a big fuss and head straight onto my next viewing.
12:00pm – Week complete….

Head home to my own dog put the kettle on and start planning next week in my head already – I LOVE MY JOB!!!!