Published: 28/02/2012 By Jane RobathanI've got a local celebrity at the desk in front of me. My colleague, Colin Lowman.
Honestly, it’s astounding. People regularly waltz into the office, do a double take before saying something like, “Colin? You sold my mother’s /best friend’s/sister’s house forty years ago!” Thereon follows a quick catch up and essentially, a casual walk-in enquiry seamlessly converts into a customer.
Colin was a founding member of Roy Brooks and regularly entertains us with tales of estate agency in a very different era. Having seen Roy's fame rise first-hand, we cherish Colin's accounts of his eccentric ex-colleague.
Colin has been selling houses for a very, very long time. I don’t sell houses, I write marketing copy for brochures. I sometimes describe a home using photographs, floorplans, a valuer’s notes and by putting in a phone call to the vendor. But if we take on a house on Camberwell Grove for instance, I make darned sure I visit personally. In the seven years I’ve been doing my job, I have been inside around two thirds of Camberwell Grove. From talking to the owners, I estimate that Colin has sold at least half of the Grove twice during his career and perhaps three quarters of them once. In fact, we have a magic sum in the office where you take his age, multiply it by the hours he’s worked and add the amount of people he knows. This tells us exactly how many homes he’s sold altogether.
Colin genuinely loves his job (he could have retired a LONG time ago) and brings values such as dignity and honesty to an all too often mistrusted industry. I’m happy to report he also appreciates my filthy sense of humour. It really is a pleasure to work with Colin.
Have you met Colin? If so, I'd love to hear from you. It's his birthday soon and we're going to celebrate (but don't tell him, it's a surprise). If you want a party invite, just email me and tell me your Colin-related story.