An Interview With A Graduate Surveyor – John Eden

Hi John – what is your role at Davis Brown?

My primary role is assisting the directors within the commercial team. This work explores a wide range of disciplines which includes valuations, agency, lease renewal and rent review negotiations, and has helped me develop a broad range of skills quickly, assisting me in passing my APC to become a chartered surveyor.

What does a typical day entail at DB?  And what are you favourite and least favourite parts of the day?

For me there isn’t really a typical day as it varies depending on what projects I am working on and what is required. Time out of the office is always going to be the most enjoyable whether I am inspecting a site for valuation work or showing people around a property for an agency instruction. The worst part of my day is always the early morning, however once I have had a strong coffee I am ready to go.

What do you like best about working in Fitzrovia?

Fitzrovia is a great place to be based as provides excellent places to go to lunch or to have fun in the evenings after work. The majority of my friends are based in the West End so being based at 1 Margaret Street puts me in a really central location with easy access to them.

What is your favourite part of London, and why?

Since I have moved to Westbourne Park I have become particularly fond of Notting Hill, especially around Portobello Road, during the weekend market, you can always pick up something unique! 

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt so far working at DB?

As the work within the commercial team is so varied I have learnt to expect anything. This is great for my training, but also one of the reasons why my life at Davis Brown is so enjoyable. 

If you could be locked in a building overnight what would it be?

The Tate Modern, so I can have fun in the enormous Turbine Hall. The views are pretty spectacular too!

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