Eligible bachelor? This Kentish town estate agent is dreaming of a simple life in the countryside

Demitris Ogbogu Marla of Martyn Gerrard

Demitris Ogbogu Marla of Martyn Gerrard - Credit: Archant

Demitris Ogbogu, lettings manager at Martyn Gerrard Kentish Town, is an empathetic estate agent who understands his clients needs, especially because he’s in the process of buying his first home too

What’s special/different about your agency?

Martyn Gerrard are independent estate agents offering a true multi-office service for a sole agency fee. We have 10 local offices across north and north west London dealing with sales and lettings, covering a wide area from Barnet to Kentish Town. I am proud to say that we have won awards for our service and our innovative marketing.

Where do you live and with whom?

I am a bachelor, currently living in east London. I was brought up in north London.

What’s your favourite thing about your current property?

I love the patio garden. It’s not huge but it’s big enough to soak up the sun – when we get it! And I use it to enjoy a barbecue with friends. It makes me realise why so many people who are looking to buy and rent ideally want some sort of outside space, and why your property will achieve a much better price if there is some kind of outside space.

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If you weren’t a buying agent what would you be?

I would have liked to have delved into the legal profession – in particular criminal law. However given my interest in property, I could have ended up doing property law.

When did you buy your first property and what was it like?

I am currently looking to buy my first property. I can fully appreciate what other first time buyers are experiencing. Trying to find a home with all the things I want is impossible, and deciding on which of my priorities I can live without is very hard.

What’s your dream house?

Despite the fact that I do love London and all it has to offer, my dream home is a simple one. I’d like a big house in a rural area with a lot of space where my future grandchildren can play.

What’s the most shocking/surprising thing you’ve seen on the job?

The most shocking aspect is how some people treat their properties and allow the condition to deteriorate. It’s important to respect and look after your property. After all, it’s likely to be your biggest investment.

In what ways has the north London property market changed since you started out?

For such a long time Camden and Highgate held the spot tight and surrounding areas like Kentish Town were overlooked. The biggest change I have seen is how Kentish Town has become a sought after area in its own right. However those in the know have always appreciated what the area offers and the fantastic range of properties that can be found here.

What are your top tips for things to do in north London?

Take advantage of the wonderful open spaces we have here like Parliament Hill Fields and Alexandra Park. The walks and the views are unbeatable. Spend a Sunday afternoon walking round Camden Market – it never ceases to amaze.