Our Wimbledon Lettings Negotiator, William Kerr, takes a nostalgic look back at his time growing up in SW19 and how it led him to enter the world of Lettings at Jackson-Stops & Staff
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Wimbledon, a wonderful place to live for many different reasons. During my time here, there have been all sorts of different shops and businesses operating in the Village. When I was younger, I clearly remember being dragged into Estilo by my Mum, eagerly waiting to visit the Village toyshop, or better yet, the sweetshop further down the High Street!
Only as I got older did I start to notice that the make-up of the High Street was changing. Businesses such as Roots began being replaced by larger, more widely recognisable chains. Expensive fashion boutiques began springing up and coffee shops such as Starbucks became the new heart of Village life. Apart from a few of the larger chains, only a small number of shops have really stood the test of time and there has been continual change in the retail outlets over the years.
William Kerr, Lettings Negotiator
What I did notice, however, were the businesses that did stand the test of time. I’d always been curious as to why names like Jackson-Stops & Staff, Robert Holmes, Savills and Knight Frank seemed to remain a constant presence on the High Street, when everything else seemed to come and go. Now that I’ve started working in the estate agency business, I understand why.
Since starting my career in Lettings with Jackson-Stops & Staff in the Village, there have been many interesting property trends. As an Arts degree graduate back in 2014, I didn’t find many other career paths offering the same, relatively large number of job opportunities available for people of my age. Property, it seems, is going to be a successful, active industry in London for the long term.
I’ve learnt a lot in such a short space of time, not only about how the business works and the various legislative, legal formalities within it, but also some valuable life lessons: judging where a parking ticket is likely to be issued has proven to be a steep, expensive learning curve in recent weeks; back in the office, learning what variety of sweets are favoured by my colleagues (Sour Wine Gums have proven to be been a real hit) and whose mug belongs to who are both worth knowing, in order to retain harmony within the office.
But as well as these vital lessons, I’ve learnt firsthand how an effective team works – by being polite, organised and hard working. As negotiators, we are marketing a wonderful product and a service, catering to many different people’s desires and requirements. By treating each landlord and tenant with respect, going out of our way to provide the best service possible, we build our client relationships and our business. I’m continuing to learn all aspects of this fast-paced, challenging business, and I’m excited that there is much more to come. I feel lucky to be working in the world of Lettings, within a great team and for a company as established and prestigious as Jackson-Stops & Staff.