11/10, Klaudia helped me find a beautiful place at great price.
**THE MOST DISGRACEFUL** real estate agency that one can ever experience in spite of very high agency fee (almost half a grand).
Before Foxtons, I never had to live a life where I had to move into a flat with no hot water, a washing machine covered in round of mould, and a ripped mattress with bugs around.
I have requested to remove this soiled mattress after getting my own mattress on the day of move in and it took them ten days to finally come up with a solution: to liaise with the Council on my own (with no estimated time frame and the wrong council contact at first) as this is the most 'economical' option for this 'furnished' property that they hold no liability for such removal. What a self contradictory statement.
This clearly leaves me with two options: either 1) to pay high fees for immediate removal service hire or 2) to wait for weeks for the Council to collect it. Nothing but incompetent property management service - Thank you for a huge life lesson that high price tag doesn't mean quality, though.
I worked most closely with Giles Sparkes (sale valuation) and Billy Brooks (sale negotiator) regarding the sale of our flat near Canary Wharf. Both are very nice persons and experts in their job. Billy managed to find a good client to make an attractive (= high) offer to buy our flat after a short time of viewing. In short Foxtons managed to sell our old home in order for us to buy and move into a bigger house in 4.5 months, which is a very short period of time in the current market condition in 2018 (i.e. before UK leaves the EU in March 2019). Our experience showed Foxtons at their very best. Giles, Billy and other members in Canary Wharf took many people to view our flat, e.g. there were 10 views in the first week versus 5 views in 2 months with another smaller estate agent we used prior to Foxtons. When it came to the final few weeks before completion and it was very tense because we needed to keep our buyer and made sure that person was happy, Giles helped Billy to work with all solicitors (my buyer, my vendor, and ours) and all estate agents in the chain to get things done quickly, i.e. they almost did the job of the other estate agent in the chain. Once in a while, I also talked with the manager (Mr. Thomas Holmes) of Giles and Billy, and it appeared that the whole team was very aware of our flat and its current situation. This is the main difference between Foxtons and our previously used estate agents who usually did not have the capital and human resource to rigorously and intensively get the job done quickly. There were ups and several downs along the way, because there were in total 3 buyers who expressed interest, put down (and some withdrew) offer, but Foxtons (especially ones at Canary Wharf Office) is worth every penny of their fee.
The worst experience I have ever had in dealing with estate agents. Both of these guys were the utter epitome of slimy estate agents who do not care about you and quite literally just want to take your money. From booking the first viewing - I called on a Saturday and spoke to David Morgan who agreed to do a viewing on Monday (there was no mention of having to ask the current tenants to confirm from him, he just just out-rightly said it was booked) - I did not recieve a confirmation email all the way up until the Monday 10am - (the viewing was booked for 11am) - so ended up calling the the branch again who had NO record of me even calling to book! Eventually one of the staff members traced the call back to David’s number (this staff member also said this is quite usual of David’s behaviour). I eventually saw the property and my sister too and we both agreed to make an offer. Suddenly, David messaged me to say the flat is only available THREE WEEKS after we already agreed to move/the date he told us and blamed it on the current tenants. I said we would have to think about it but he ended up being very pushy with his words in forcing me to extend my current tenancy as “It would be a great price to get this one in The Sphere so hopefully you can accommodate those couple of weeks?” (I have the text messages). I didn’t hear back from my current agent immediately with regards to extending and David was even saying he would get in touch with them himself! So unpleasantly forceful! As if it ends there. Me and my sister decided to make an offer and David asked us to come back to the office where his colleague would be to put down the offer etc as he stated he couldn’t(?). Waiting at the office suddenly his colleague “was out at a viewing” and “couldn’t get in touch with him”. So we decided to leave and agreed I would get a phone call in the morning the next day to confirm the offer.
The next morning I revive a text message form David to say he was “suddenly off sick...and at the GP” and that someone else had put an offer in so we would have to make our “best offer”. I cannot believe this...It was promised that this colleague “Ketan” would be calling me at 9am - obviously I didn’t get a call and had to call the branch around 11/12? Maybe even later to be called back. When Ketan eventually called me back he asked me how I could be helped? Surely he knew that we were trying to make an offer since yesterday and that he was supposed to call me at 9am!? No apology at all and in actual fact he was rude and obnoxious and pushed me to increase my offer and length of contact without a break clause saying the landlord would “take the best offer”. Before the phone call ended I asked when he would get back to me on whether the landlord would accept or not, he said by the end the of the day - this was Friday 6th July, it’s now Thursday 26th.... and nothing. I did not call to enquire because quite frankly we had had enough, luckily we have found a beautiful place to live now but stuck with an extra two weeks rent to pay at my current place due to the awful cut-throat behaviour of these two staff members of Foxtons - mainly David Morgan. Our whole experience with this agency has been absolutely disgusting and I will genuinely shout to the hills and back to everyone NOT to use them.
The team at Keaton's were extremely helpful when I recently purchased an investment property. They were happy to chase solicitors and sellers whenever it was needed. I would use them again.
Landlords, go next door!
Keatons have been nothing but useless with us from start to finish. The service they provided us was so appalling that we had to go with another agency at the end. Their competitors next door provided us with such an efficient service (at a way cheaper rate) that we really regretted having gone with them in the first place!!
Their agents are clueless. Their management team as they call it consists of one girl behind a computer who does everything wrong. We constantly had to get back to them and correct their mistakes. They even managed to lose our keys. Pure negligence.
They are only here to cash in, they don't care about anything else and they should be ashamed to charge what they charge given the service they provide.
Only started using Victorstone recently and I have received exceptional service from their property management team, in particularly Zoya.
Do not trust them all the good reviews were written by the staff or fake accounts. This agency is definitely unreliable, do not be fooled by the glossy exterior...
Throughout two years I rented a flat with them and have dealt with incompetent staff.
The were very friendly until we signed and handed over the exorbitant fees...
Almost impossible to get any response to fix the most basic issues, and when we do it's all about passing the buck and delays.
They lied to me numerous times and took months and months to fix some basic problems. At the point of checkout we found ourselves fighting over lots minor issues, as they charge you for pre-existing problems and issues outside the scope of tenant responsibility.
I'm just trying to say to anyone considering using them - DON'T. This is by far the worst institution I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with
I originally bought, and have now let my property through Lourdes. A pleasure to deal with both now and then. My most recent experience was with their lettings negotiator, Marlon Markscheffel. Professional, helpful and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Genuinely one of the worst experiences I have ever had with an estate agents. Completely unprofessional and disorganised. Paperwork was missing and I had to chase numerous times before receiving anything. Numerous agents and employees genuinely misled us during this process and gave incorrect dates for previous tennents moving out and us moving in. This led to an incredibly stressful and frustrating move. The only reason the move happened within a week of the agreed date was because I demanded it happen. Even after several heated discussions with these agents about their disorganisation, the flat still wasn't ready for the morning of the move date and we ended up having to work late into the night to get it done.
I would sincerely recommend staying away from these agents, in any of their offices. I have never been so disappointed with a service.
I know most agents in London are pretty rubbish but these guys take the cake.