Behind the Scenes: Emma Power
Monday, July 14, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Whereabouts do you live now?
Home is a farm in Oxfordshire where I grew up cleaning the barns before harvest and eating home-made eggs in the school holidays. I went to school in Oxford and university in Leeds. I have travelled quite a bit and I have lived in various areas of London. I currently live in Shepherds Bush with my three friends who all just happen to be boys.
How long have you worked in real estate for?
I have been a team assistant (lettings and sales) for just over three years.
How long have you worked for D&G? What’s the greatest thing about working for them?
I have worked for D&G for nine months. The greatest thing about Douglas & Gordon would be my team and office, they’re quite fun to work with – they’ll do!
What’s the funniest story you have from your time at Douglas & Gordon?
I lost a coin toss and had to dance in the office in front of my colleagues – I can’t dance.
When you’re not in the office or showing people around, what do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies we should know about?
I like to go out with my friends, play tennis, and enjoy netball, skiing, backgammon, festivals and travel, depending on what time of year it is.
What advice do you have for people looking to buy or rent in Notting Hill?
I would buy a property with access to a communal garden.
What do you love about Notting Hill? What are your favourite hangouts? Where do you grab your coffee in the morning, or take a business lunch?
I love Portobello Road and the market, especially on the weekends. There are loads of places to shop, eat and drink. Mr Christian’s is the place our office gets lunch (I would recommend the coronation chicken and butternut squash), followed by a chocolate brownie from Kitchen & Pantry or Ottolenghi (on pay day). Portobello Star is a good place for cocktails and Rum Kitchen is a fun place to have some rum and a boogie (only the latter with a lot of the former).
What would you say to anyone looking to move into the area?
I would research what area you would like to live in, weigh up what aspect of a property is most important to you and be realistic with your budget.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the property market, what would it be?
I would lower vendors’ expectations so that buyers and vendors can meet on more of a middle ground.