Hi Emma! What is your role at DB?
I am a Director at Davis Brown and Head of Residential Sales and Lettings for central London.
What is Davis Brown’s USP?
We are unique family run property consultancy – offering a wealth of knowledge and a dedicated service to all our clients with that personal touch.
What is your typical day (best and worst parts)?
I’m an early bird so I am in the office by 7.30am most days, 8 if I’ve been for a run before work! We have a brief team meeting at 8.30am to discuss potential offers and instructions before we start our day of viewings and appointments. Since we’re a family run firm, I am involved in many aspects of the business and my days are extremely varied! Today started with a meeting reviewing a recent marketing campaign with the other Directors before going onto a sales and lettings appraisal for a two bedroom flat in a mansion block in Fitzrovia. Winning instructions is tough with so much competition but when you do you feel really great. I usually grab lunch from one of the delicious local delis or as a treat I will go to the Detox Kitchen on Mortimer Street. This afternoon I have been on a couple of viewings at a gorgeous duplex flat and finished with an existing client who is looking at refurbishing a couple of their properties in Fitzrovia and Soho, and wants our advice on the standard and fixtures and fittings in order to achieve best value. This aspect is probably one of my favourites of the job as interior design is a passion of mine – it’s extremely satisfying seeing a project from its often humble beginnings through to the finished product.
My least favourite part of my job is informing clients when an offer falls through. It’s so frustrating and we are always disappointed for them.
The best of my job is that my days are so varied. I’m learning all the time! We are an office of 18 people and we work really well as a team, we all pull together when needs be.
What is your favourite area of London and why?
I love Soho. I think it has some really cool and quirky property, excellent places to eat for all budgets and boutique stores. It’s an ever-changing area and keeps you on your toes!
What is your favourite building in London?
Now, that’s a really difficult question! I change my mind often, but the one that I’m really impressed with at the moment is Fitzroy Place – the new development of offices, shops and residential buildings. It was completed in late 2014 and really adds to the area. In the middle of this development is the Fitzroy Chapel, a beautifully restored Grade II listed building. A superb mixture of old and new architecture.
What is your favourite Fitzrovia restaurant?
I love the Bonnie Gull on Foley Street. The restaurant is quite quaint and they serve delicious fresh fish. However, Dickie Fitz on Mortimer Street is a favourite newbie!
How did you get into Estate Agency?
My father established Davis Brown with his business partner in 1998, and we have roots in the business dating back to 1901, so naturally I grew up with property in my blood! I got to know and understand the property world and soon became fascinated with it. After working one summer helping out the Residential team I knew property was the career for me!
What do you do after work?
To wind down after a busy day, I usually do some sort of exercise – a spinning class at Psyche on Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia or I run home as I am aiming to do a marathon next year if my legs hold out! On a sunny summer’s evening I may just wander around the streets admiring all that London has to offer! A lot of my friends work in Fitzrovia so once a week we grab a bite to eat, or for a real bit of escapism I love to go to Theatreland to take in a play.