Chas Everitt International East London
Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
Every year I set a goal and a new challenge for myself, and when my friend Sharon Karatamaglou, who has been an estate agent for the past 14 years, asked me to join her in a partnership, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I had some doubts about being able to do the job, but have found that I love every second of it!
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
I love people and I find the different personalities that you meet and mix with every day extremely interesting. The most satisfying aspect of the job is to have a happy client – that smile after you have clinched a deal is wonderful to see! For me, the most challenging aspect of the job is to find stock.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
A good estate agent needs to have a strong, positive personality. You need to be a good listener and motivator with good negotiation skills. You also need to be able to ‘read’ people and be sensitive to their needs. I feel that honesty, loyalty and respect is very important. That is, respect for yourself and all the people around you.
What are some of your career goals?
My personal goal is to sell my first 40 properties and make my first million! On a serious note, I would love to keep growing as a person and enjoying the new challenges in my life, and if I could mean something to each person that crosses my path it would be a huge bonus. Life is beautiful and we need to embrace it!