• We lived in Financial Times

    Writing this column has given me more pleasure than I can adequately express, but it’s time for me to say goodbye

  • A day tripper after the night before

    Borough and Bermondsey brought new flavour to the afternoon – hip and happening

  • From beach to bars and back again

    José Ignacio is the spot for my client, benefiting from solitude yet moments away from South America’s most understated glamour

  • Bricks and mortals

    Buyers’ attitudes – they either exhaust every option before being satisfied or go with their gut

  • Resolve in the face of procrastination

    The super-prime market in London is fuelled by enormous wealth and mind-boggling prices

  • One man’s Utopia is another’s dystopia

    Some effort ultimately brings rewards and instant gratification is just that – ephemeral and unsustainable

  • The perfect pace of karma

    The client, an avid acquirer of property, has the natural suspicions that come with a £1bn fortune

  • Rich ladies and a time-poor man

    A funny thing about running your own business is that people assume you have more time on your hands

  • I need to talk about Kevin – and Justin

    A property can enhance a family’s life, help nourish it, though it is the people within it that really make life work

  • Why property porn is best kept a fantasy

    I’m content with my lot and quite happy to stick with my property dreams – they’re so much easier to live with

  • To Big Sur with love

    I imagine myself a successful screenwriter with a 1920s Spanish revival house overlooking the Pacific

  • Bubbles move in mysterious ways

    A client’s desires are not straightforward. But one man’s idea of sexy is not always another’s

  • The age of compromise

    It’s interesting to see how people cope with compromise because inevitably we all have to – in property, in work, in love, in life

  • A coup de commitment

    Very rarely is there a flat or house that I just fall for and as with an individual ‘the falling’ can be an irrational desire

  • How to charm the charmless

    The key is not to take offence unless you really need to draw a boundary because no one likes to be chastised

  • Mission impossible

    I realise that my client has a psychological barrier – a barrier that prevents her from buying anything

  • A hedgie turns to me for shelter

    I confess to having been in talks with several ‘runners’ as I am on the quest for a number of unusual properties

  • Bitter tale of the £20m Twitterer

    This deluge of ceaseless communication by tweets, blogs and Facebook strikes me as strange

  • Far from the rioting crowd

    Serious work lies ahead, including keeping a keen eye on the property market’s reaction to the global events of August

  • Between the spreadsheets

    It is better to put the client first rather than set targets or plan nefariously to undercut or side-swipe the opposition

  • Desperately seeking singles

    Boundaries are not to be crossed, even though one might have the perfect partner in mind for a client

  • Young Turks and old values

    The area around Brompton Road has become a much less charming form of the Mediterranean promenade

  • A dance with Latin passion

    Some of the clients I deal with live in a myopic state that seems exhausting and fruitless. That’s not La Señora

  • Of Keats and Kensington

    It’s certainly hard to argue that the super-prime market will waver. But there’s less certainty out of those ‘quartiers’

  • The gut school of thought

    Ultimately, all that people want – however confident they are of themselves – is an affirmation of their choice

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