Jack Potter | Real Estate Work Experience Review

Jack Potter

My work experience at UK Sotheby’s International Realty has both been extremely enjoyable and hugely educational. My first experience in a working environment has taught me that collaborative interaction is vital when running a successful international business and how positivity in the working environment reflects company performance. The international network of Sotheby’s has also given me insight into how multinational companies run and the strength of global brand exposure.

Formulating a 3-page market report, allowed me to properly investigate the changes occurring within the real estate market and how social factors such as the pandemic not only effect the number of quarterly enquiries but alters client behaviour. Using my attained knowledge on the market I was then able to conduct property valuations, taking into consideration market strength, surrounding property price and location to provide them with a suitable value of how much their property is worth. After conducting the valuations, I then formulated a clear, structured document for clients portraying the pricings and a step by step guide of future proceedings. I was also involved in the formation of content creation and management for Facebook and LinkedIn using a platform called Hootsuite, using social media outlets to target potential buyers. Developing my marketing skills further, I received training on a design platform built for the brand that allows agents to create digital, print and social media campaigns all in one place. Using this program, I created several brochures for newly listed properties and individual agents as well as office window cards offering key information on the properties.

Shadowing viewings with both sales and lettings brokers enabled me to firstly understand the techniques used when interacting with clients but also served as a great way for me to discover new areas of London. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Guy and all the team for all your help. It has been an amazing experience and has been a great start to my year out. All the best.

Jason Morel | French Student Intern Review

Jason Morel, Grenoble University Student

I reached the end of my three months internship at UK Sotheby’s International Realty. Through this short article, I’ll try to summarize the memorable experience I just lived.

I was in charge of content creation and management on Facebook and LinkedIn. I used Hootsuite to schedule around 300 posts. As a result of my work, I increased by 14% the number of fans and by 58% the number of engagements on Facebook. Regarding LinkedIn, I boosted by 17% the number of followers and by 135% the number of engagements.

Moreover I worked collaboratively with the accountants’ team creating the annual fees report on Excel. It was a great opportunity for me to learn new skills. For example, I learned how to use pivot tables when formulating the yearly figures, providing relevant information to the head of the company. My previous training in Excel also enabled me to help my colleague who was having issues with computing payment delay. By creating a conditional formula using “Datedif” I was able to create a simple and efficient way to tackle this problem.

Due to my marketing skills developing rapidly throughout the internship, I was trusted with the project of creating a document that would be given to clients when valuating properties. Clients could then receive a clear, formulated document instructing them on pricings and future steps that will be conducted. It was extremely thrilling to produce something the company will use in the future.

I was also put in charge of creating the monthly internal newsletter for October and November as well as an article on the evolution of exchange rates.

Using my native language, I helped the company by translating property descriptions from English to French, targeting potential French clients.

Shadowing viewings with both sales and lettings, brokers enabled me to firstly understand the techniques which are conducted when interacting with clients but also served as a great way for me to discover new areas of London.

I say a massive thank you to Amanda and all the team for welcoming me even during this hard time with those unusual conditions. It was great to start my gap year with UK Sotheby’s International Realty. By the way, I am currently looking for my next internship, I focus my research on investment banking, wealth and asset management, or financial services. Any help would be very welcome, you can reach me via LinkedIn or via email.

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

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Britain’s Most Expensive Houses follows top agents from UK Sotheby’s International Realty as they offer insight on some of the most spectacular properties on the market. Channel 4 picked up on the need to provide a little escapism whilst also acknowledging a world-wide trend as people sought properties with more space in light of the pandemic and the stamp duty holiday. The documentary will air at 8PM on the 28th of December.

Texas Ranch Life to English Countryside

Scott Cook
Country Sales & Lettings

Moving to London from Dallas, Texas seven years ago was exciting. A new phase. My partner started a private equity firm in London. At the time I worked for a global technology company which allowed me to transfer to our London headquarters. 

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Our Lives in Dallas, Texas

In Texas, along with our day jobs in the city, we bred and sold American Quarter Horses at our ranch 40 minutes North of Dallas. We had seven mares producing seven foals each year. After two years of training the colts were sold to buyers around the world to compete in Western Pleasure competitions. At one time we proudly had twenty-four horses on the ranch. We loved the horses and along with leaving our family and friends, we were very sad to leave Texas.

JS Quarter Horse Ranch, Aubrey, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our life in the UK

Since moving to the United Kingdom, we have embraced the people, the culture and the beautiful countryside. We spent the first year traveling around the country visiting different areas, seeing historical houses, National Trust sights and of course testing all the pubs.

Both of our careers had us living in Central London but being from Texas we were used to wide open spaces, so we left London every weekend and headed to the beautiful English countryside. We found ourselves drawn to the Cotswolds because of its scenic beauty, great villages and again awesome pubs. We loved the Cotswolds so much that we leased a 300-year-old weekend cottage in the village of Naunton for two years.

Village of Naunton, Cotswolds

After two years of commuting two hours back and forth to London we decided to move our weekend house an hour away to Penshurst in rural Kent where we stayed for three years.

Penshurst, Kent

Last May we decided to combine our London and Kent life and move to Cobham in Surrey. The perfect balance of still being in the country but just a short distance to London.

Cobham, Surrey

My love of real estate and the English countryside was the deciding factor in joining Sotheby’s International Realty’s Country Office in Cobham. My focus is on the Elmbridge area of North Surrey. This provides me with a clear dedication to the community in which I live and work and enables me to be the expert and go-to person for clients searching for the perfect home in this area.

I’m open for business right now. With virtual viewings and valuations, I stand ready to offer help as required. We have loads of amazing on and off market properties that I can discuss with you and help you to find your dream home.

 

From my home to yours

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Many of us will now be working from home (WFH) five days a week. Whether you are a newbie or a WFH veteran, your work space is your home space and it is easy to blur the lines between work and relaxation. Because we are not sure when this “lockdown period” will come to an end, it’s important to ensure you work/home environment is fully functional for use as both. With just my husband and I, we have space to use, so I wanted to highlight how I’ve managed the spaces around the house to help me stay focused and productive.

Home Study

The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done. It doesn’t have to be a separate study, if you are tight for space, it can be a borrowed space in the living room. Natural light and a view helps me focus more. So, if you can find a space next to a window you’ll find yourself feeling more upbeat. Plants, flowers and candles help me set a calm and tranquil tone to your work space. I always have a candle sitting on my desk.

Living Room

This is my time out space. The living room is where I go to take a moment away from my screen and a break from work. My laptop never makes it into this room. I am fortunate enough that my living room looks out on to my garden – so the view is pleasant and it is a nice room to relax in after a long day’s work. I’m sure for many of you, this is where most of your family time is spent and you look forward to spending your evening here catching up.

Kitchen

It is absolutely essential when working from home that you take a 45 minute/ one hour lunch break. Not only is it good to keep a routine as you would normally for the office but our health, making sure we are eating well and preparing nutritious meals. My kitchen space is open plan, bright and full of fruit for when I’m peckish. When we are done from isolating, it is my main area for hosting brunches and dinner parties.

Outside Space

One of the most important areas of our homes in current times – getting in the all important “fresh air” If you have a balcony, garden or terrace, it is essential while self-isolating to step out in to these spaces to connect with nature. I use my garden for a morning warm up and I use it again for a 4pm cup of tea, especially if the sun is shining. My husband and I have even managed a BBQ for two this week, all just to be in the outdoors more.

I hope this email has been a little uplifting for you all. If you are interested in any of the properties featured please feel free to contact me to book a virtual viewing or chat.

If you need property related advice anywhere in the world, we can personally introduce you to a specialist from one of our global offices.

 

Shereen Akhtar, Senior Associate
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Work Experience | Two-Weeks at the London Office

Upon starting my work experience at UK Sotheby’s International Realty I was unsure of what to expect. I understood that two weeks was not a particularly long period and I was keen to gain as much exposure to the Real Estate market as possible, whilst learning as much as I could in this short space of time.

I was not disappointed. From the offset I was guided me through the various marketing strategies that Sotheby’s International Realty deploys, and I quickly learnt how to use social media to maximise engagement. I learnt how to choose and position photos and create new content. I was given the ability to work independently and created a whole month’s worth of Instagram content, a task I found challenging yet fulfilling. I am very excited to see how this is received by their followers.

I was also fortunate enough to visit a variety of real estate. Exposure to these

£12,000 per week. Tilney Street, Mayfair, London, W1K

top-end addresses was extremely exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed touring around these properties. I took the opportunity to note the care with which the brokers studied the various features of these houses and took the time to understand clienteles demands and concerns.

The friendly and open nature of all the staff at the London office put me at ease and created an environment whereby I could ask numerous questions and thus learn a vast amount in a short space of time.

Following this experience, I hope to begin a career in the luxury real estate sector, and am keen to harness everything I have learnt across the past two weeks.

Reuben Barnard
Work Experience

A typical Saturday at Lillie Square

9:00am: Wake up in a contemporary one-bedroom apartment situated in Earls Court, which is an area undergoing significant regeneration and is where Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham meet.

9:20am: Find delight in a morning swim in Lillie Square’s 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool – just one component of the staggering 18,000 sq ft of amenities available to residents.

10:15am: Enjoy amazing eggs Florentine at The Troubadour on Old Brompton Road.

11:15am: Take the Picadilly line from Earl’s Court to Knightsbridge to go on a shopping spree at the world-famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

3:30pm: Get a late lunch with family at The Prince on Lillie Road. Choose from three fantastic independent eateries!

5:00pm: Take advantage of Lillie Square’s incredible private cinema room to watch a recent blockbuster film.

7:30pm: Have dinner, which was booked by the five-star concierge team, at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay with friends. The restaurant is one of only five 3 star Michelin restaurants in the UK and is located in neighbouring Chelsea.

10:00pm: Enjoy a bottle of wine from your private wine collection with friends on your apartment balcony, before retiring to bed. Yes, your private wine collection can be managed by the concierge team!

Day in the life of an LSE student living at Lincoln Square

7:30am: Wake up in an exquisitely designed one-bedroom apartment with a spectacular and uncompromised view of the LSE library. Other apartments have incredible views of the Royal Courts of Justice, New Court chambers, the old Land Registry building, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the City and the private garden courtyard.

7:45am: Revel in the exclusive luxury of a morning swim in Lincoln Square’s temperature controlled 25-metre lap pool.

8:30am: Take a very short walk to campus along the historic streets surrounding Lincoln Square.

8:40am: Grab a coffee and freshly baked croissant at The Bean Counter before heading off to morning lectures.

9:00am: Attend morning lectures at the best university in London according to the Complete University Guide 2019.

12:00pm: Enjoy a long lunch with friends at Coopers Restaurant before heading off to the LSE library for a couple of hours to study.

1:20pm: Revise, take notes, work on coursework or group projects at the stunning LSE Library.

3:00pm: Unwind on the lawns at Lincoln’s Inn Fields with friends for an hour – London’s largest public square.

4:15pm: Walk 0.6 miles to the world-renowned Covent Garden to go on a shopping spree at stores such as Apple, Barbour, Paul Smith, All Saints and Burberry or take in a range of performances by street entertainers.

6:30pm: Enjoy dinner at a world class restaurant such as The Ivy or J Sheeky in Covent Garden with friends.

8:15pm: Get blood pumping at Lincoln Square’s fully equipped on-site gym or private training rooms.

9:30pm: Watch a movie in the incredible 24-seat cinema or play a couple of games of snooker in the snooker room.

11pm: Retire to a luxury apartment designed by the award-winning Bowler James Brindley. Residents can choose between two palettes – called Justice and Liberty – with both palettes making use of the most magnificent colours, materials, and textures imaginable.

A day in the life at Hampstead Manor

8:00am: Wake up in an elegantly designed two-bedroom luxury apartment on leafy Kidderpore Avenue within the prestigious NW3 postcode.

8:15am: Drop your daughter or son off at UCS, where 70% of grades were either A*/A (at A-Level). Some examples of other great schools in the area include South Hampstead, Trevor Roberts School, The Hall, and North Bridge House.

8:45am: Take pleasure in a morning swim at Hampstead Manor’s sensational 5m x 14m swimming pool or make use of the state of the art residents-only gym containing a range of contemporary equipment.

10:30am: Take advantage of Hampstead Manor’s exclusive town car service to get to a delicious brunch at The Coffee Cup in Hampstead Village with friends.

11:55am: Take your Labrador for a walk in neighbouring Hampstead Heath, which spans 800 acres. Yes, Hampstead Manor is a dog-friendly development and only moments away from the heath!

2:05pm: After finding zen in a Barre Flow class at Barrecore Hampstead, enjoy beer-battered cod fillet, mushy peas, and triple cooked chips at The Flask on Flask Walk.

5:00pm: After picking your daughter or son up from school, take an engaging Life Drawing class at Hampstead School of Art, which was booked for you by the 24hr concierge team at Hampstead Manor.

7:00pm: Get dinner at Sarracino in West Hampstead with friends and family, voted one of the best pizza restaurants in London 2018 by British Vogue.

9.00pm: Buy some popcorn, meet some friends and catch a movie at The Everyman Cinema in Hampstead Village.