Behind the Scenes: Johannes Hodson

Monday, August 04, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Whereabouts do you live now?

I grew up in Gloucestershire and went to school in Somerset. I now live in Battersea, having moved around London a fair bit.


How long have you been an estate agent for?

I’ve been an estate agent for one year.


How long have you worked for D&G? What’s the greatest thing about working for them?

I have been with Douglas & Gordon for a year; on the whole everyone in the company is really friendly and cheerful.


What’s the funniest story you have from your time at Douglas & Gordon?

Having a 30 minute discussion with Roy Hodgson, the England football manager, about his favourite Cuban authors, with a slight hangover and knowing next to nothing about Cuban authors. It was completely surreal.


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?

Naked hang gliding.


What questions do you most commonly get asked by clients/customers?

“How do you combine such effortless professionalism while managing to keep the mood light and fun?”


What advice do you have for people looking to buy or rent in Battersea Park?

When looking to buy in Battersea Park, the nearer to the park you can get, the better. Also keep in mind the Battersea Power station development and new tube.


What do you love about Battersea Park? What are your favourite hangouts? Where do you grab your coffee in the morning, or take a business lunch?

I really enjoy The Prince Albert and The Magic Garden, which has great live music and is a bit boho.


What would you say to anyone looking to move into the area?

It is much better value than north of the river and has a park right on its doorstep.


If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the property market, what would it be?

I would like it to completely crash for a day to get on the ladder prior to a return to the ludicrously high prices.