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A Day in the Life of an Estate Agent – Week 1

Friday feelings….

Ever thought what an estate agent actually does?!? Each week we’ll bring you a quick overview of what has happened during the week and any thoughts we have on the market.

Dear Diary,

This week saw the welcome return to the office for us. Although we have opened on a skeleton basis, we have found the number of enquiries received from prospective purchasers has been hugely encouraging for the remainder of this year. We have accepted offers on a number of properties since Re-opening on Monday and are looking forward to bringing a number of new properties to the market shortly. I also met some lovely people this week who are thinking of selling their properties in the near future and hopefully they choose us to assist them with this.

The way we sell and market properties has changed dramatically over the past 3 months and we are very excited about the future. This week we have been arranging and carrying out professional photographs, 3D interactive floor plans and short videos for all of our sales properties. Keep an eye on all our social media platforms for these over the next short while. I’ll talk about the sales process in another post but changes we were looking to bring to our business have been accelerated and we look forward to bringing a more digital approach to our clients. The aim is to make it more transparent and convenient for both buyers and sellers. I have spent all morning playing with one of our 3D floor plans and it’s great fun! It will definitely help any potential viewers decide whether a property is worthwhile inspecting. For the buyer imagine no more Saturday’s going from house to house and getting increasingly frustrated as you are trying to find the property that suits you!

Conversely, we have put 9 properties to the rental market this week and we have found that the level of enquiries is considerably lower than we would have expected. There are a number of reasons for this but the increased supply from the short-term market to the long-term market along with affordability from tenants is resulting in less enquiries and potentially an adjustment in prices over the coming weeks. Time will tell.

This morning we did a walk-through of one of my favourite houses we are selling with the purchasers’ and their architect. The house sits in the shadow of the Sugarloaf on 0.6acre and is a really special property (in my mind!). It’s exciting listening to the purchaser’s discuss their vision with an equally enthusiastic architect. I feel like I’m inside an episode of “Room to Improve” with Dermot Bannon ?. I love how varied our job is on a daily basis.

Tomorrow we will be doing our first video viewing with 2 couples on a family home. Both parties have responded with enthusiasm at the thought of having a private consultation with us from the comfort of their own couch – especially when the weather forecast is taken into account. I’ll be sure to get dressed fully unlike Luke “Ming” Flanagan!! Looking forward to bringing the feedback to the vendors following the weekend.

After that it’s a busy weekend with a virtual 5k run for the Castleknock 5k or #RorysRun in memory of our good friend who’s sadly no longer with us. It’s always a great weekend to meet up with old friends but it will be slightly different this year. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy the weekend!

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