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How it was With almost 40 years' experience in the industry, Ed Mead looks back at what estate agents used to be like

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This article was originally published on 16 August 2017.

About thirty years ago I remember my stepfather, a well-known man of considerable standing, surprising me by telling me I was in a ‘gentleman’s profession’. OK, he was quite old, but amongst the next generation up from me, i.e. the majority of the property transacting public, there was still a whiff of tweed and the fact that being an estate agent involved more of the estate than the agent. Those I met from country agencies could comfortably have been bit part actors in a period drama, and many still could be. Indeed estate managers were viewed, and looked up to, in much in the same way local vets and doctors were.






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About Ed Mead

Ed Mead

Ed Mead has worked in the central London estate agency market for almost forty years and has acquired a reputation for saying it as it is. He's contributed over many years as The Sunday Times Property Expert and as the Agent Provocateur in The Telegraph amongst many others as well as fronting two BBC TV series. He left agency in September 2016 to start Viewber, the world's first outsourced property viewing service harnessing the power of the sharing economy to make viewings available 24/7 for agents and landlords via their own dashboard. He is still a regular press contributor with a regular live Q&A slot on LBC.

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