In his own words, Harry Hammonds Sales Manager talks about his journey into agency

I often sit and wonder if my career in estate agency was one of chance or destiny. If I were asked as a young adolescent what industry I could see my future career being in, I most likely would have said media following in the footsteps of my father whom had worked for the Financial Times for many years. It seemed a logical step.

Some of my close family had for many years been involved in the property business in various sectors, including a cousin who had embarked in a career in Estate Agency around the time, and frankly it had not even entered my head that this could be a path for me.

Then arrived my Sliding doors moment for any of you familiar with the Gwyneth Paltrow film of the late Ninety’s. Sat in form assembly  on the day our work experience placements were announced, I was pinning my hopes on the two week placement I had listed as first choice working for the local Gazette, only to find I was to be spending a fortnight at a local estate agents on Ascot High street. After a moment of initial disappointment, I embraced my new role and began tapping up family member’s in the industry for a bit of an inside opinion of what to expect.

And there it began. The property bug if you like. I enjoyed every moment of it and even then managed to get a Saturday job working for Savills nearby and one could say I never looked back.
I am originally from Ascot and began my career local to home, but there was a burning desire to edge closer to London one day and test my skills in the famed London market. After a brief spell in Middlesex, I then moved to a large corporate company and had spells in both Ealing and Chiswick before setting stall in Acton with Aston Rowe.

After a number of years in the corporate agency, I decided the culture wasn’t quite for me and was in the market for a move, as I had a really great experience working for a strong local independent in Ascot, so I wanted to find a London equivalent.
After a few interviews, a cousin of mine, who just so happens to be a director of Aston Rowe, had a word in the ear over a few glasses of champagne at a family wedding about wanting to recruit a strong team to head up Acton sales and establish a market leading Estate agency brand, and wondered if I was interested. It was a no brainer really.

Over the past three years, I feel a sense of achievement as to the progress we have made and it’s great to be a part of that. It’s rewarding creating a business out of the ground and in to an on-going success and far more interesting than being a number in a large organisation as before.

I now head up the Sales team and one of the most satisfying elements of why I love my job here is working your socks off to do a good job on a sale, and get a great review and pat on the back from a happy seller or buyer at the end. It makes it all worthwhile and far more so than the financial reward in my book.

Our directors have worked hard to recruit the very best candidates and have instilled an ethos of excellence in everything we do, and are continually working on developing growth and consistency every day, which is a good reason as to how we have risen to having an enviable market share from nothing in three and a half years.

This year we look forward to the opening of our second office in Brook Green in the early spring, and I am sure the story won’t end there after judging by the drive of our senior management. There is certainly no nepotism within these walls and our desire to strive forward with a focus on excellent service is a good reason why a third of our business comes via referral.

So I suppose I can thank my old tutor Mrs Ardy for picking me to work for the local Estate Agent and not the newspaper as today I could by contrast be writing this article for some event in the financial climate.

And if you haven’t seen Sliding doors, I suggest you do as it’s an interesting theory.