Five minutes with Darren Gibbinson

Darren has been working for CBRE for the past four years and has kindly spent 5 minutes discussing what his favourite parts of the job are and providing advice on selling and buying a property.

When is your busiest period for sales?

DG: The summer months are traditionally our most active time and I am looking forward to lots of viewings and deals.

What advice would you give to a buyer in the current market?

DG: Do your research. There are a wide range of tools available free of charge via many of the main property websites, including our CBRE Residential website, so it is easy to find out what similar properties have sold for recently, insights into the area etc. Knowledge is power. I would also advise buyers to consider their budget carefully and not to forget additional costs such as legal fees, stamp duty, ongoing service charges and so forth.

How should sellers present their property?

DG: First impressions count so I always advise vendors to prepare their home to the standards they would if the love of their life was visiting for the first time. It needs to be completely clean and tidy, and ideally freshened up with a lick of paint or some new cushions.

What are the area boundaries for the Canary Wharf office?

DG: CBRE cover the whole of London and the Canary Wharf office takes care of the whole of east and south east London. Our busiest areas are Canary Wharf, the City and Greenwich, but we go as far north as Hackney too.

How do CBRE offices work together?

DG: We meet colleagues in the other CBRE offices regularly both for business meetings and to socialise. Having great relationships between offices means we trust each other to help fulfil buyers’ needs – we can share ideas to help each buyer find their ideal home, in whichever part of London.

Who is your typical client?

DG: We have a wide range of buyers, from first time buyers to prolific investors. We also cover all price points, so there’s no such thing as a typical client. However, all buyers want a straightforward and honest process, value for money and great customer service.

What are the transport links like?

DG: East London has excellent transport links with the DLR, several tube lines including the 24-hour Jubilee line, National Rail to central London, Essex and beyond. We have an international airport nearby and we even have the Thames Clipper, a commuter boat service. The launch of Crossrail later this year will enhance our transport links further.

How has the area changed?

DG: Over the last 30 or so years the area has gone from abandoned docks, poor quality housing and wasteland to a metropolis that pulls in 10 per cent of the nation’s GDP and the transformation has now extended to Greenwich Peninsula. It’s not all corporates here though; there is a vibrant cultural scene throughout east London with exciting things happening, such as food markets and outdoor concerts.