He is fresh out of school and at 16 can’t remember the last property crash. Meet Charlie Powell, the youngest member of the National Association of Estate Agents.
The teenager, from Hereford, is responsible for country houses valued at more than #400,000 and has set his sights on the high life.
Charlie said his interest began with work experience at an estate agency in Wolverhampton.
"I thought about going to university and decided it wasn’t for me. I found it appealing that I could be earning good money by the time my friends were finishing their degree with a lot of debt," he said.
Despite his age, he remains convinced his mature attitude will win over cautious buyers.
"The clients I have dealt with so far appear to trust me," he said. "I’d like to think they would be judging me on my professionalism rather than my age."
As a registered member of the NAEA, Charlie is bound by a Code of Practice and Rules of Conduct. It is also his professionalism that has won over colleagues.
"There are six people in the office. Obviously they didn’t start as young as I have but they are all very supportive," he said. "I have taken photos of properties, held viewings and taken offers so I have contributed to the sale of many houses though I am not qualified for the final bit."
As a potential first time buyer, Charlie is keeping a keen eye on the market. He said: "Obviously prices are very high but hopefully it will even out over the next few years. I would imagine things will change after the next General Election.
"I can’t buy anything because of my age, but after my training when I am 19 I would have to go for a modern apartment, a bachelor pad – somewhere to take the ladies."
Charlie’s secret is to keep the customer happy: "You try to look at all the criteria people are looking for and try and match them," he said.
But there are still minor problems.
"Obviously I can’t drive yet so I’m accompanied by a colleague if I’m going to a house. But I’ll be learning soon," he added.
The teenager joined Bill Jackson Estate Agents in Hereford months after his GCSEs and his boss is more than happy.
"He has already made a very impressive start and could take his career as far as he wants to," said Bill. "He is with us for three years during which time he will complete his NVQ Level 2 and 3 which we are funding.
"He takes a very active role – he can take photographs, set valuations and, under supervision, conduct viewing. The only thing he can’t do is negotiate offers.
"It is a rare case of someone like Charlie to enter the profession at such a young age, but the advantage he has is that he will have completed his qualifications by the age of 19 or 20."
"By the time his peers start university, he will have almost three years experience under his belt, without being thousands of pounds in debt."