Nothing but corpses next door can hinder this West Hampstead agent

Lee Goodchild of Vita Properties

Lee Goodchild of Vita Properties - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Lee Goodchild lettings manager at Vita Properties finds viewings work better if the neighbours stay alive – at least while prospective tenants are in the building

What’s special about your agency?

We’re more tailored, more flexible, because we’re only a small company we focus a lot more on the customer service side than just churning out numbers. We’re a boutique agency.

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in Winchmore Hill with some friends.

What’s your favourite thing about your current property?

The fact that it’s a house and it’s in great condition. And my golf club’s around the corner. I’ll be looking to move back to West Hampstead next year though.

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If you weren’t an estate agent what would you be?

I’ve never even thought about it. Probably in recruitment or in banking.

What’s your dream house?

A new-build penthouse apartment with a balcony overlooking London with a hot tub.

How long have you been an estate agent? What’s the most shocking thing you’ve seen on the job?

I’ve been an agent for just over seven years. I was on a viewing in Dalston once and, as we walked out of the flat, they wheeled a dead body out of the next door flat. The people viewing definitely didn’t go for the flat.

How has the local property market changed since you started out?

It’s got a lot more expensive. It’s certainly getting a little bit tougher in terms of the market itself. Harder times I suppose.

What are the most common mistakes clients make?

My best advice would be don’t go for the cheapest agent. Buy cheap you buy twice. There’s a lot of rogue agents out there and a lot of cheap agents don’t do a good job.

What are your top tips for the local area?

Use the Thameslink more. It’s a really great line that nobody really knows about. Also, go to The Gallery.

Are you good at Monopoly?

I’m not bad actually. I’m a strategic player. Would I sell Park Lane to someone who had Mayfair? I’d have to assess the situation.

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