Unit 12 Okehampton Business Centre Higher Stockley Mead, Stockley
Excellent experience from start to finish in purchasing our first home! Very friendly and always willing to help. Thank you
4.12.2017 - Simon was responsible for the top of our chain, which fell through two weeks ago. Not only did he avoid calls and fail to let anyone else know in the chain, for a week, that his clients had pulled out, he also ignored calls from agents in the chain trying to do their jobs. Utterly ridiculous behaviour. Caused a lot of agro for everyone in the chain.
Savills have always been one of the first names that springs to mind when you require the highest level of service and professionalism when marketing your property. It makes me extremely proud to say I have photographed their properties for over 10 years and seen their dedication to their clients to ensure maximum potential on their sale. Not just in their photography, which is second to none, but in their professionalism and devotion throughout. I have dealt closely with Chris Clifford in particular and you could not want for a more on-the-ball and capable agent in my opinion.
Mike Townsend acting as Arbitrator i.e. supposed to be independent. Didn't carry out a thorough conflict check. Didn't inform us when he did find out. Due to the conflict of interest eventually had to stand down. 7 emails and two letters cost £1006.20 inc VAT supposed to be paid by both sides. If he doesn't receive payment then he can refuse to stand down so the case can't carry on. Other side (his colleague's clients) haven't paid. Therefore we feel blackmailed to pay whole bill. Very Professional.....
My sale progressed very smoothly. I was looked after well by the senior partner when my property was valued..
Of the three agents I considered, Simon recommended the highest price -and this was achieved within a couple of weeks.
A stressful experience was made as comfortable as possible by a very efficient service.
I would certainly use them again.
Appalling for rentals, especially when landlord decides to sell.
1) Opened door to house with prospective buyer without knocking - walked right on in. Child in house could easily have been behind door. £900 a month we pay.
2) Asked for permission to bring someone around the same day without 24 hours notice as they had forgotten to ask us. Only the paying tenants.
3) waited in for viewing as didn't want strangers in house alone, didn't show, called to be told sheepishly that they had accepted an offer on house so cancelled appointment - didn't bother telling us, paying £900 for that privilege.
4) asked to be notified of suitable properties to move to as they came available - 3 months and not 1 suggestion made
5) ignore the pertinent parts of any email you send, meaning several emails, always. Gave our notice as found place, asked about pro rata rent, said would be sent documents. Documents say nothing so another email.
Would not recommend in the slightest for renters, and as a couple looking to buy in 18 months would actively avoid a property marketed by them.
Edit - in response Simon, I think it fair we make clear we asked, reasonably after being told the house was for sale, that we could give 4 weeks notice rather than the 4 weeks plus the remainder of the calendar month, meaning having to give up to 8 weeks. We did this after missing out on properties we could have moved to because of this admittedly contracted point. We were told no. Well actually, the first email we sent ignored this question - see point 5.
Then after we said absolutely not to the visit with less than 24 hours notice (point 2), and we were asked why and we said one reason was the lack of care for your existing tenants and pointed out the reasonable 4 week notice request, suddenly this was achievable if we relentled to the visit. So as for liaising to help us, the tenants, that is a little misleading.
We didn't call you back, we were busy finding a new home and, after having done that, we have nothing to achieve through further discussions.
Mark Proctor and his team (including Hamish Humfrey in the country homes department) were excellent. They were professional in their approach, strong on communication (providing in depth feedback after every viewing) and really understood the dynamics of the market. For such a large house, and in today's uncertain times, we were surprised by how much interest was generated. We couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome achieved and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Knight Frank.
We were selling a high end one-of-a-kind contemporary waterside house.
We are thankful that, after working for some time with another well-known estate agency, we engaged with Knight Frank’s Exeter office led by Mark Proctor in a Joint Agency engagement.
Prior to moving from sole to joint agency we did a lot of thinking ourselves on who the buyer might be, where they might be, why they might buy the house, and how we might therefore redesign our marketing. We learnt from an advisor to this rethink that Mark had just come down to lead the Exeter office after a successful period in London. At about the same time, Mark called us as we had interviewed and not selected Knight Frank earlier in the process and we agreed to meet to explore ideas. We gradually realised that he brought a more assertive approach to the table and held out the possibility of reaching out to some of the audience that we were needing to target.
When we first met Mark, he challenged us all on the content hosted on the websites, in the brochure, as well as the magazines and newspapers being used for the marketing campaign and the approach being taken in conducting show-arounds. We decided that his approach would add real value to us and employed him as a joint agent from this point. As a result of this open and transparent approach in which both agencies played a full role, we changed some of the images and some of the key messages. We made use of still aerial photography obtained from the drone video that we commissioned around this time which the first agent had recommended to us. And we agreed a revised approach to show arounds.
Critically perhaps, during this rethink, Mark took part in a robust discussion involving all parties which saw us agree to reposition the house with a lower Guide Price; one that was aimed to be attractive to upselling to buyers primarily viewing properties in a lower priced category.
Mark also made sure that "Flic" the home-viewer used by Knight Frank to show homes in South Hams, had the chance to spend a good amount of time at the house understanding its USPs.
On being given the Joint Mandate, Mark and his team immediately made contact by phone with a number of clients to whom Knight Frank had shown houses in the same physical location and at prices below, sometimes well below, our revised Guide Price.
It was a result of one of these calls that reawakened a family's interest in the village and its lifestyle potential and encouraged them to visit several properties marketed by different agencies on one day within a week of the Joint Agency being in place. Flic accompanied the family on their visit to our house. (FYI The buyer later expressed disappointment that at this price point the Knight Frank partner responsible had not deemed it worthwhile to conduct the show-around himself). At the end of these visits, our house was first included in the short list for debate overnight by the family and then selected as the preferred choice. .
Mark discussed the matter with the other agency and they both recommended that we accept the offer which was on Guide Price.