Meet the Professional – Max Saville, NDLDN
This month for our ‘Meet the Professional’ series, we spoke with Max Saville, New Homes Director of NDLDN. Based on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, NDLDN are a bespoke, independent property agency. Combining the hands-on approach usually associated with family businesses and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the East London property market, NDLDN are passionate about what they do.
We sat down with Max to find out more about what drives him in his career.
How did you get your start in your career?
One day I came across an advert in a South London local paper for an Acorn Estate Agents recruitment evening. I went along and ended up arranging a week-long trial, with no pay – three days later I’d been offered a role as a Lettings Negotiator. The rest, as they say, is history.
What are the first three things you do when you get to the office in the morning?
I put BBC News on, make myself porridge and coffee, and respond to my emails. Once I’ve done those three things I’m set for the day.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
Negotiating, without a doubt – I love the buzz of finalising a deal.
What is your least favourite thing?
Paperwork – but then I’ve never met anyone who enjoys that part!
Where do you work: rented space, serviced office, owned office, co-working space etc? Why?
We rent an office on Great Eastern Street. A high street shop front was very important to us – to make the business a familiar presence that really stands out to people as they pass by.
How important is office environment to you?
Very – especially when you regularly have clients coming into your office, like we do. The atmosphere of your workplace is a key part of creating the right impression of the business.
Do you prefer open plan or individual offices? Why?
Open plan – it allows the whole team to communicate and interact, which is especially important in the property industry.
If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?
Before I went along to the recruitment evening, I had signed up to join the RAF – so I suppose I’d be there.
What keeps you awake at night?
At the moment, my new-born daughter!
What piece of advice would you give to someone starting in the business?
Live, breathe and eat property. You know that saying, ‘knowledge is power’? Well in this industry, it really is. If someone knows the London property market in more depth than you do, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge.
Did you have a mentor?
I did indeed, my Dad. I worked with him for a few weeks when I left school, and he instilled pretty much my entire work ethic during that short time. I’ve lived by it ever since.
Is there a motto or quote that you live by?
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.
If you were a superhero, what power would you have and why?
To fly – I love discovering new places!
To find out more about NDLDN, take a look at their website. ‘Meet the Professional’ is a regular series on the Proper Office blog, where we chat to interesting people from the Shoreditch and Putney areas, and beyond – make sure to check the blog regularly for new post and interviews.