Good news from Simon in sales, who has taken an offer on a house we were marketing before Christmas for an overseas seller. It is in a lovely mews close to our office in Charlotte Street and is presented really well with a great south-facing roof terrace.

Back to work after paternity leave, I’m trying to catch up on the market post-Budget — after stealing some sleep on the Tube on the way in. The team welcome me back with a coffee waiting for me on my desk.

Monday - Unexpectedly warm weather for the time of year is boosting viewing numbers, with some buyers looking to be in new homes by Christmas. The forecast looks good so I am hoping it will be a busy week for us.

Monday - Our lettings business goes bonkers in September, with more than 100 enquiries most Monday mornings after the weekend’s activity. To maintain our high standards of service we’ve recruited extra help just so we can deal with the sheer volume.

Monday - After a weekend of browsing by potential customers, Monday morning is when new enquiries arrive and the quality of these is normally a sign as to how the week is going to go. Although we are in August, the enquiries both on sales and lettings are good, so we all get on with calls and viewings.

Monday - Riding to work on my motorbike this morning in glorious weather, the 7.30am view from Alexandra Palace across London reminds me of the calm before the storm that is lettings at this time of year.