I recently bought through Martin Flashman, working with Alastair Read.
Alastair was absolutely fantastic. Before buying a couple of months ago, I had been house-hunting for almost a year. In that time, I had dealt with quite a few estate agents, and I have to admit my opinion of the industry as a whole had rather soured.
On finding the property I bought advertised and I getting in contact with Martin Flashman, I was pleasantly surprised. Alastair was very helpful, flexible, and moved quickly (getting me a first thing appointment to view the property the next day) and not at all pushy. Viewing the property, Alastair highlighted both the positives and the negatives of the property, giving me a good appreciation of what I was looking at buying. My questions, both then and after, were answered quickly and knowledgeably.
Being fairly new to house buying - a first time buyer - I did not have experience going into making an offer. I was very happy to find Alastair was fair to both myself and the seller, getting us a quick sale that we were both happy with, and turning it around incredibly quickly. After getting in contact about the property at about 5pm, by close of play the next day I had already seen the property, made an offer, and had it accepted.
Following the offer being accepted, Alastair continued to be great to work with, sorting out any issues I had very quickly. Whilst he checked in to make sure I was on track with mortgage and conveyancing, he did not pressure me and continued supporting where necessary.
I would absolutely recommend Alastair and Martin Flashman, and in fact have done a couple of times already.
After listing a property with Martin Flashman, who had tied me into a 6-MONTH contract, I found it to be a very disappointing service. After 2-months on the market they got me an offer of £200k. I told them that was so insulting that it didn't deserve a reply, and when I spoke to Martin Flashman to ask why they would encourage such a low offer, his reply was that I can go and list it with someone else if I want to, but he has a 6-month contract and if I sell it through someone else, I'll be paying 2 estate agents fees. I waited for that contract to expire before I sold the house in Feb, 2010 through Gascoigne & Pees and they found me a buyer who met the full asking price of £250k within 2-weeks!
I had bought through Martin Flashman before and I generally value the idea of dealing with small businesses because I appreciate being able to speak directly to the boss. However, these are not the sort of folks I'd advise selling through, not if you want either a fair price, or a timely transaction. I can only speak for myself, but I will never sell through MF again, and I can't say I found Mr Flashman to be the sort of person I'd want to be dealing with ever again.
I would just like to thank the lettings staff for helping me and my family fined our new home it just a matter of 10 days! You have all be amazing....THANK YOU!
A horrible experience with Sherrie Edwards, really stuck up, looked down her nose at my girlfriend as soon as she said something, didn't get back to our emails when she felt there wasn't a sale to be had and on the viewing the tenant did all the talking for her as doing her job was clearly too much of an effort. Never again ! Terrible person !
Great home-moving advice from Marcel of Rochills. Love all the local activity too.... best independent estate agent in town IMHO
I would like to warn others that if you have a property to sell, this is certainly not the place to go. I lost the best 4-months of the year to this company. They made all sorts of promises about how they'd market my property and how quickly they'd sell it, and it was only after shaking hands with Marcel Roccia and signing a contract that I found out just how poor a company this is.
Marcel and his staff are exactly the sort of people who give Estate Agents a bad name. I believe they took two weeks before we had a first viewing, and thereafter they brought someone over to have a look every 3-4 weeks but failed to attract a single offer. Ok, there was one "offer" but it was about a hundred thousand pounds below the asking price and the agent who called to tell me about it apologised for it even before he gave me the number. I told him not to worry and that I'd continue to be patient but when weeks turn into months, I tried to reason with Marcel that if they weren't capable of selling it they should let me at least get another agent in. I even offered to pay him a commission even if another agent succeeded in finding me a buyer but Marcel's reply was to ask what another agent would do that he couldn't.
The answer to that question is a little too obvious.
I emailed them 3-times so as to put into writing my intention to go to another agent at the end of the 4-month contract, but every email was ignored and their staff, although smiling and polite in their tone, the words were only ever condescending and Marcel did not have the courage to speak to me again after the first time I told him I felt disappointed at their efforts to sell my property. That was after 3 or 4 viewings in the first 2-months and he promised he would feature the listing and get new photos taken. This turned out to be an empty promise. Their efforts to sell my property were equally hollow, and I'm delighted to be able to say it's now listed with Gascoigne & Pees. When G&P heard that Rochills make you sign a 4-month contract they were horrified and told me it's normally a 6-week sale contract, as in, they should only have 6-weeks to agree a sale, then obviously, the completion date can be after but so long as a sale is agreed in 6-weeks, that's fair enough.
I have been buying and selling properties, only 3-4 per year, for about the last 20-years and while I admit I've had some bad experiences with estate agents in the past, I've never before found a company like Rochills where I cannot say one good word about them. I found them to be very fake, condescending and without any class. That's from top to bottom. I'd like to warn anyone to just ask around for a personal reference about Rochills before taking them at their word.
They specialise in lettings, but won't hesitate to tie you into a 4-month contract if you're too quick to buy into their marketing. Sadly, buyers aren't so foolish and consequently, you might well be wasting your time. If you've any doubts, check their sales out on Zoopla. Oh, wait, no, they don't advertise there. Where they do actually advertise I've not been able to work out yet but, as I say, it's no longer my problem.
Please don't make it yours.
We decided to market our house both for sale and to rent due to moving abroad. Having tried with another agency locally first, we came to Curchods and felt very reassured from the beginning with the professional advice and process. The big one for us was communication about viewings and feedback, which was very prompt and useful. We successfully let our house to a high-calibre tenant and would highly recommend Curchods both on the sales and lettings side.
I couldn't have been more impressed with Jake. From the viewing on a Friday evening which made him late for a night out with his mates, to keeping me informed throughout the process. Constantly available, even on his holiday. He is clearly and all round top guy, really easy get on with and very knowledgeable. As a Director at a well known estate agency in London myself, I'd like to say I'm a good judge...I haven't seen many better than this guy. One to watch.
Big thank you to oscar and Andy
Thank you for such a brilliant sevice
And the goody bag yesterday . The staff are always polite and helpful and Friendly. Very professional sevice. I would like to thank amber I was totally amazed after moving into my beautiful new home how I wasn't just given the keys and a thank you and goodbye approach, I had a few teething problems I called up and amber dealt with the problem immediately. It something I will never forget they a after sevice with James neave . Thank you to you all for such a amazing sevice . Best estate around . Tracey
In all my dealings with Andy at James Neave, I've been continually impressed by Andy's professionalism and dedication to what he does. Very impressed.