Harriet Murphy provided us with excellent advice and customer service. She understood our requirements and made us feel prioritized and listened to throughout the search process. While we did not ultimately take a property from Foxtons, we learned a lot about the housing market in London and were able to better identify what we wanted out of a new home.
Contacted them two months ago looking for a flat. A guy name Tom was very nice on the phone but not once in person. He argued that I said my limit was 1,300 pcm while I said 1,200 pcm. However, he showed us 4 flats, none of them under 1,300 (the cheapest was 1,350), insisting in that "the normal thing is to spend the 80% of the salary on the rent. Well, that may be your case Tom, but I don't want to struggle every month to pay my bills. He rudly insists so much on this that he even took a calculator and started calculating how much money we would still have after paying 1400 for a 1 bedroom flat near Portobello Market (btw, I thought the limit supposed to be 1300...). He also added that we will not find a 1 bedroom flat for less than 1300, unless we go to live to heathrow. Well, guess what Tom, we find it in Hackney for 1150, and it is not the crappy flats you showed to us (one of them included the landlords -an old couple that, I guess, wasn't expecting having two girls living together- living on the second floor of the building). I am not saying this the experience you will get with Foxtons. Not at all, at the same time colleagues from Foxtons Archway, Ealing and Greenwich were being incredibly kind and professional with us. I just believe this particular "Tom" from Foxtons Notting Hill is only used to work with wealthy people that would pay whatever they asked for a old, muddy, crappy flat in Kensington. It's fine, just tell me from the begining and don't go wasting my time.
I would like to thanks to Mr.Chris Jeffrey who was so helpful and professional. While I had little response from any one at Foxton he was doing an unbelievable follow up. Extremely efficient. Wish I could say the same about the Management department....unfortunately not. So avoid them for your flat. But Mr. Jeffrey stands out! Thank you!
They just are after your money but don't care about you. Once they've got your money, they only support Landlord's point of view. FOXTONS IS THE MOST HATED estate agent in the UK and I confirm that they deserve this title.
Wonderful team at Chesterton's. They know the whole area like the back of their hands and who everyone is. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Well done.
The "service" received from Chestertons Hyde Park office is literally so bad it cannot conceivably be called a service.
An agreement was signed by both parties on a prospective sale agreeing to commission of 1.25%. The property was sold and Chestertons sent an invoice charging commission at 1.5%. When I refused to pay the difference, the South African sales manager Dylan James turned up at my house and literally tried to kick my front door in. My teenage daughter was inside and terrified. Mr James proceed to loiter at my front door for the best part of an hour - smoking cigarettes, shouting and threatening violence. Upon eventually returning to his office he called me and threated to employ heavy-handed debt collectors if I didn't cough up. I refused to pay a penny more than the rate agreed. Mr James eventually and ungracefully accepted.
This firm is arrogant, dishonest, and inefficient.
Top class service. Glenda Hall was so helpful & supportive throughout the selling process regular communication, proactive, chasing up solicitor’s, supportive advice and really calmed my nerves when the sale process got a little fraught at times. We got there in the end and I am most grateful to her, she is an absolute credit to this company, I shall miss our daily telephone chats.
Some solicitors could take a leaf out of her book!!
Best wishes :-)
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE! We purchased our house through them in 2015. It all stared well, but as our offer got accepted and moved on to next stage the ordeal began. Our offer was accepted late July, we were told there was no chain and the seller is ready to move out as soon as we can get paperwork done. This turned out be a load of bunk. The seller used to "disappear" for weeks impacting the progress, not responding to queries raised by the solicitors. Paul Ryan who was dealing with the case from Lawrence Rand wasn't very helpful either. During the course he went on leave without giving an hint he was planning to do so. We never got any honest answers as to why the delay despite everything being in order from our side. Phone calls to his office or emails asking for updates rarely got returned unless the email was marked to Peter Lawrence. This was our first home purchase and with so much delay we were not sure what was happening, if there were to be gazumped, whether the deal is going to go through or not, it was very stressful for us. Finally we got the keys towards end of Nov. To our surprise the seller left all his unwanted stuff(mostly rubbish) behind. And he took away some of the fittings/fixtures that he earlier agreed to leave! When we requested Lawrence Rand if they can contact the seller and get the house cleared, all we got was "we will pass the message" and that's it. We never heard anything back. We were never given the contact details of the seller so there was no way possible for us to reach him. We also found out in the week that followed that someone else had signed up for Council Tax payment and another person had signed up for Gas and Electricity for the property. We managed to sort this out ourselves, not not sure how it happened in first place. Had Lawrence Rand been clear with their communication instead of keeping us in dark this experience would have been much better. I guess in a seller driven market, with properties in short supply and high prices, its the buyer which is at the receiving end and the estate agent only cares for the seller from whom ultimately the profits come! And today morning I received a phone call from them asking if I was interested in selling my house due to an increased demand for properties in my area! Good grief!
I'm so pleased we chose SJ Smith to sell our property, they have restored my faith in estate agents! Chad, Louis and Nicola were all professional, knowledgeable, friendly and so helpful. They promptly answered every question we had, reassured us when we were worried and helped out in any way we needed. Nicola was absolutely brilliant and made me smile on a bad day with her cheerful and reassuring emails! I know she was doing the same for our buyers, keeping them updated and happy. I wish these guys were closer to where I live, as I would love to have used them for the current sale of my own house!
They will let a property next to you to tenants with antisocial behaviour issues, and overcrowd it ( 8 people living in a 3 bedroom house) they will then tell you "with the best will in the world the number of tenants cant be controlled" ermmmmmm. Contracts? Property management??? Not difficult is it. They ignore pleas for help and emails and will devalue any property next door!!!! Police are constantly here and I am not calling them out... shows how dangerous these people are. Warning if you see a SJ Smith board go up next door, this is bad news for home owners!!! My life has been a living hell for the last year because of them!!!!!! I can hear the tenants in your property smashing the doors and floor right now. They do it constantly, I hope they wreck it then you might bother to do a background check on tenants next time. Classic greedy dismissant estate agents!!!