This West Hampstead agent has a hypnotic effect

Yonni Tahor, sales manager Benham & Reeves West Hampstead

Yonni Tahor, sales manager Benham & Reeves West Hampstead - Credit: Archant

Yonni Tahor of Benham & Reeves West Hampstead may prove more persuasive than expected if he uses his hypnosis training to sell houses

What’s special about your agency?

The employees that sit and work in each of our four offices and service the clients and buyers on a day to day basis. They are devoted, hardworking & committed individuals who genuinely care about each and every one of our clients and consistently have their best interests at heart.

Where do you live and with whom?

Mill Hill with a friend.

Why did you buy your current property? What’s your favourite thing about it?

I hadn’t been looking long, I’d only seen a couple of other places but it just felt right. The flat ticked most boxes but ultimately it was the location of it that really grabbed me.

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

A job that allowed me to either help or support people, or just put a smile on their faces. I studied hypnosis and that’s always been of interest to me, a real way of helping people through fears, phobias or just problems.

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

It was three years ago and it was everything you would want from a first time purchase. The location was superb, a few minutes from the local amenities and the tube station, good living space, two double bedrooms and I was fortunate to have some lovely neighbours as well.

What’s your dream house?

I’ve always been a big admirer of the Vale of Health in Hampstead due to it being discreetly positioned but still well located. A grand house situated there with high ceilings and a large garden that backs onto the water with far reaching views across the Heath would be perfect.

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

It’s approaching 10 years now. I was showing a top floor apartment in Maida Vale four or five years ago. I stepped out onto the roof terrace with the prospective buyers and as we were taking in the view, we saw a couple on the opposite roof terrace doing something they most certainly shouldn’t have been doing in public!

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

The fundamentals of the market haven’t changed, the demand has consistently outweighed the stock levels. However it’s been interesting to see how specific areas such as Kensal Rise and Queens Park have changed over the years. Areas that were seen as up and coming when I started out have since developed into highly sought after locations that are now acquiring high values and are now seen as trendy locations.

What are your top tips for the local area?

West Hampstead offers so much and caters for everyone, it’s hard to pinpoint only a selection. I’m a big fan of the Tricycle Theatre which houses both an arthouse cinema and a highly acclaimed theatre. If you are after good food then there’s a super authentic Afghan Restaurant called Ariana, it’s situated on Kilburn High Road and is family run. They produce some beautiful food.

Are you good at Monopoly?

Good without being great, I’m fairly competitive so if I’m not winning I’ll find ways to. My friends call it “cheating” but I think it’s just being creative.

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