Central Estate Agents that made our first time renting in London virtually seamless. Everything happened very quickly and they are a huge pleasure to work with. They respond almost instantaneously to any queries or requests we have. Right from the very start Matthew Hayward could not have done any more to help us have a smooth ride whilst renting 3 properties in 8 years. All in all, great experience!
Avoid like the plague. Total cowboys
I was part of a contract chasing experience - our offer accepted, survey done, fees paid - only to find out we were one of many.
They basically fed us a load of lies, told us the previous offer fell through and the developer wanted a quick sale - to then demand more money only a month later. A quick bit of research showed us the property was in fact owned by one of Central's Directors and this was a common scam to try and pitch purchasers against each other.
If you happen to be purchasing a newly developed property from them - save yourself a headache and check it isn't owned by Central Estates or their other company 'Castle Barrett'. It will end in tears - trust me!
Allen Davies is just about the only estate agent in Leyton, if not London, that actually treats its tenants like human beings rather than a cash sum every month.
We've been very happily renting from them for 3 years now, and while the issues have been very few and far between, where they have arisen, they've always been straight on it. Contact is routine in both directions and inspections are carried out not just to check the property is being cared for but that it is caring for the tenants as well.
Dropping into the office is always a pleasure as well should you need anything.
Can't say it enough: these guys are great at what they do.
thieves and scammers!!!!
do not rent flats from them !!! scammers have rented a house to someone who has already been rented a lot earlier, liars and cheaters, I have never met such a non-professional agency
Theo was fantastic throughout a recent purchase - tenacious and organised, despite a few bumps along the way. Would definitely recommend.
They have a good selection of properties. However, I had an issue with a staff member who was quite rude to me.
I can not do business with somebody, who in my opinion is unethical.
It is a shame as I would like to of viewed some of their properties, but if I don't feel respected by the staff then it is a no-go for me.
We have just finished selling our property through Stow Brothers. Their service throughout was excellent. We listened to their advice about pricing and the property sold very quickly. William then managed our queries throughout the conveyance process brilliantly. Very impressed with the service we received and I would strongly recommend them as decent agents.
Really, really, really bad experience. They represent everything that is wrong with the house buying process in this country, and show exactly why estate agents have a bad rep. Initially they appear straightforward, friendly, professional, but the process at the end was a disaster, primarily so because they didn't do their jobs and were only interested in retaining commission and holding house prices up. They failed explain to us properly the lease situation when the offer was made calling explaining an leasehold with an absentee freeholder as good as a freehold. They then they failed to tell us when our exchange date had to happen in order to retain the chain. This "by chance" happened to be the same day as the Brexit referendum. We wanted to wait to see the result to make sure we were comfortable in case we left and everything that from the prime minister to the head of the world bank predicted would impact house prices was true. They chased us all day of the election letting us know for the first time, that if we didnt sign that day, then we would lose the house we so much wanted. Their agent used pressure tactics, calling, texting, emailing, telling us we had to sign and it was urgent and that if we didnt the deal was off. This was the first time we heard this. They knew clearly a negative result would be against our interests and in the interest of their commission and their vendor. For the vendor - I feel bad as if the situation had been explained and managed by the estate agent then we would have probably resolved it earlier and got our head around the result ahead of time. If stow brothers were responsible they would have this conversation two weeks before the referendum not on the day of the vote! As it happens they didn't even speak to us. As soon as we called at 9am on friday (the day of the result) the estate ended the process and said the house was back on the market. They said the "chain had collapsed" which was news to us. Three weeks later house prices in the area are down by c. 5% - had we paid we would have been immediately in negative equity. The vendor was given our email and sent multiple emails telling us how horrible people were and how we should "grow a pair". I lost £4,000 and a lot of time understanding the complicated lease situation that I referred to above, that according my solicitor and another expert I paid to consult was much more complicated than that. Now Stow brothers have removed me from their database as I am not a secure buyer ! The house I was buying was bought in 2014 for 380K I had an offer of 505K accepted on it. I was making the couple selling c. 100K better off. What is wrong with this country when to get on the ladder I have to half a million to buy a flat in Walthamstow and the people selling it feel like they have right to my hard earned money. Stow brothers is everything that is wrong with the estate agent system; they inflate markets, block people from buying when they choose, they put a nice friendly face on it but underneath its the buyers being screwed and them manipulating system as they choose. Do not use this company, or if you do insist they provide you with a single point of contact, they can not be trusted.
Really great service from Scott Aiken so far, we're buying a property and he's been excellent: very honest about the properties, available and supportive when we made an offer for a flat that we really wanted, which was accepted. I really liked that there was no bidding war, it was as it should be, first one to make a good offer. Highly recommended!
To avoid. A year renting a flat with them. A nightmare. They are not honest, they lie about the conditions of renting. Not fair play. They do appointments without asking you before if you are free. They think customers are dishonest as they are.
I moved out of East London to avoid such of horrible estate agents.
The entire team at Churchills have been nothing short of amazing in helping me to buy my first home. They have been extremely communicative and accommodating throughout all parts of the process and have made for an incredibly (and very surprisingly!) stress free experience. Their long-standing and trusted relationships with all parties involved, from the vendor to solicitor, has kept things moving at a great speed and significantly helped the entire process. I couldn't thank Gary, Daniel and the rest of the team enough!
Absolutely horrible experience with them. Arrogant, rude and unprofessional in all manner of conduct. Exhorbitant fees, no ownership of fault and the most impolite staff I've dealt with in years. Clueless as to their own duties and responsibilities, with no morals or unbias