Behind the Scenes: Roland Ingleby-MacKenzie

Monday, October 06, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon

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

I was born in a British military hospital in Hannover, Germany. I grew up in Herne Hill before going to boarding school in the West Country. Currently I’m living south of the river in Battersea, which makes for an easy commute to work.


How long have you been an estate agent for?

I started as an estate agent in 2010 in Bath, Somerset.


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

I have worked for D&G since the start of 2013 when I moved to London. I enjoy working with young like-minded people.


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 spend every morning in the gym and go out to see friends or play sport most evenings after work.


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

How long has the property been on the market?


What advice do you have for people looking to buy in Chelsea?

When looking to buy, always take the long term view on your investment. I find a lot of buyers get worked up about current news stories when actually they should look at the bigger picture. If you like it, buy it!  


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

Certainly not the football team, that’s for sure! I enjoy unwinding at Hollywood Arms and The Surprise pub after work. Muriel’s café in South Kensington is a great place for a quick business lunch.   


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

Don’t scrimp on your solicitor. Instruct a London based firm with a track record of delivering results in the area. This is the key to completing your purchase in such a competitive marketplace. I cannot tell you how many sales nearly fall through from slow conveyance companies that have no knowledge or idea of how PCL works.


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

The prices, so I could afford to buy!