Estate agents, along with politicians and used car salesman, are
not considered the most popular of professions, but do they really
deserve their public image?
Not according to author Rosalind Russell, who for eight years
edited The Diary of an Estate Agent column for the London Evening
Standard's Homes & Property section. The book gives an insight
into the lives of agents and their very funny, entirely true
stories, some of which were so bizarre, the author was sometimes
suspected of making them up. There are a total of twelve extracts
from Strutt & Parker agents in the book, making them one of the
most featured property agents.
Michael Fiddes, Head of Agency at Strutt & Parker believes:
"Estate agents have gained a bad reputation over the years, but
this just means good agents are worth their weight in gold. An
agent who knows what they're doing can add real value and be the
difference between a fraught, nerve-wrecking few weeks or a smooth,
professionally run operation. In the case of tricky after sale
negotiations a good agent acts as a valuable buffer between the
vendor and buyer. It is often their expertise that becomes the glue
holding the more fragile deals together"
The fantastic characters and amazing incidents in the book,
which cause chaos in the lives of agents, show the often-vilified
professionals in a different light. Rarely credited for their
diplomacy and fortitude, they are often squeezed between tight
targets, tough negotiations and looming deadlines, which may even
lead to the reader feeling sorry for them.
The book demonstrates that to be a good agent, you need to
combine a number of qualities that are often overlooked -
organisation, tactfulness, compassion and all too often
peace-making skills. Certainly not for the faint hearted!
Confessions of an Estate Agent can be obtained as an e-book by
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