Sara Morton gives Miranda Jessop an insight into her life as Senior Sales Manager at Hamptons International.
I have been an estate agent for over seventeen years and the early part of my career was spent in Chelsea. I moved to this area six years ago and was appointed Manager of Gascoigne-Pees Twickenham in 2014. Gascoigne-Pees rebranded as Hamptons International last September and, as both companies are part of the Countrywide PLC group, much of the team remains the same.
I love the challenge of running the Twickenham office as every day is completely different. A good deal of my time is spent managing the busy team, conducting market appraisals and liaising with existing clients. It’s always a great feeling to win an instruction because the competition is fierce. Every time we make a sale, there is such a buzz in the office and my ambition is to continue to increase the success of this office and assist our clients through this challenging market.
Being an estate agent is a difficult job as the market is so reactive to the economic climate. We are constantly trying to marry vendors’ expectations with the price that they are realistically going to achieve for their properties. At the moment, it’s a buyer’s market which makes it very price sensitive.
Hamptons International is often regarded solely as a high-end agent but we actually work on sales and rental properties right across the board. We always endeavour to go beyond our clients’ expectations.
We pride ourselves on our involvement with the local community; we sponsor Trafalgar schools and recently started sponsoring the sixth form boys’ rugby team at Waldegrave.
Twickenham is not just my place of work, it’s also my home. I love living here and, as a mother of two boys at local schools, I genuinely do think it’s the best place to bring up children. It’s just the right mix of green space and urban living and the schools are amazing.
If money was no object, my dream property would be in Trafalgar Road. No two houses are the same and they are set right back from the street which means they are very private.
The most unusual house on our books at the moment is a fabulous detached property on Eel Pie Island which has just gone to ‘best and final offers’. The owners built the house themselves and, now their children are all grown up, they are choosing to downsize.
When people are selling, my advice is to declutter and make sure all the rooms are tidy but don’t hide absolutely everything; buyers need to see that the property is practical as, chances are in this area, it is going to be a family home.
Estate agents always have so many funny stories to tell. Back in the early days when I was a negotiator in Chelsea, I was greeted at the door by a vendor who thought it was perfectly acceptable to show myself and a prospective buyer around the house, wearing just his underpants. It was exceptionally weird but luckily it didn’t put me off continuing with my chosen career path!
Hamptons International Twickenham Office