Amazingly helpful and quick - got us into a house we wanted quickly and with no speedbumps on the way. Much better than other agencies I've used previously.
Although most of the staff were really lovely and helpful at Theydons, the experience was ruined by Andy, the manager. A really unpleasant man who didn't respect us at all. He pulled the classic dodgy letting agent trick of taking money from us for not having cleaned the place properly, although we left the flat much cleaner than the state it was in when we moved there.
When he was at our flat he would only speak to me, and referred to my flatmate (we rented the place together for the whole period) as "your friend", which felt extremely disrespectful, we can only guess it was because she looked younger. We correctly predicted precisely what he would try to get away with at the end of our tenancy. The inventory was done long before we moved in and didn't address any of the areas that he claimed were problem areas when we were moving out, which knowing my rights now, I would never have accepted again. Leytonstone is a nice area to live in, but I would avoid Theydons as long as that man works there.
Jamie and Rosie have been so helpful in securing our new flat and tenancy. They've have always been very clear on the details and really quick to get back to us about our questions. They also both went out of their way to help us when the situation became very difficult due to problems with a previous landlord reference, helping us to overcome some issues and prevent problems with our new tenancy.
UPDATE - the above was written 2.5 years ago at the start of our tenancy. We've just moved on but Trading Places were brilliant throughout and made the end of tenancy super easy. Deposit returned quickly too. I think the first letting agent I've ever liked!!
Trading Places delivered excellent customer service, in particular Jamie. Jamie was helpful and patient from the moment we started looking at the property to the moment we got our keys. He was always very prompt in responding to emails with any questions we had. When we got the keys, we were gifted a housewarming gift (lucky bamboo plant) from the agency, which was really thoughtful and kind. We were also given vouchers to sample local restaurants, the day after we got our keys Jamie noticed one of the restaurants we had been given the voucher for was closed for refurbishment and emailed to inform us so that we could come in to the office and he could change the dates on the voucher, so that we could still use it. Overall, Jamie exceeded our customer service expectations and we will definitely be recommending Trading Places to all our friends and family. Highly Recommend!
Daniel McAlister at Haart Leytonstone exceeded my expectations in terms of how he handled the entire sale. He’s a very likeable guy, genuine and honest - not your run of the mill estate agent fodder that we’ve come to expect from the likes of Foxtons. I’d highly recommend Haart Leytonstone if you’re selling or buying in the area.
If had an option to rate below zero I would say -10
Great experience selling our house - Petty's was very professional throughout and guided us through the process and explained all aspects thoroughly to help us achieve a good price. Would recommend highly.
After showing interest in an apartment in Snaresbrook and arranging a viewing by phone, I received an email confirming the address and time for the viewing. As it turned out, I was given the wrong postcode and therefore arrived at the wrong address, a 20 minute walk away from where the property was actually located. I received a call from Du Preez Botha who asked me where I was and, after explaining to him that he had indeed given me the wrong postcode he said "well I had the same postcode as you and have never been here before myself and I've managed to find it". Although I should have checked the name of the road itself as well as the postcode, I did only use the postcode as I was using my google maps app. Estate agents are by nature rather arrogant people who know the rental market well, they have a lot of interest in each property. Having said this, if a mistake is made on one's part, one should accept this, not blame the client. He did apologise, although this didn't feel too sincere. I also work in a very busy office where I am responsible for providing addresses to clients. So a word of advice from me would be to: A. double check both the number / name and street name and B. make sure the postcode provided to a potential client matches the address. In this way the time wasted for both parties will be avoided.
Claudia and Kenny were very proactive in making sure our house purchase went through as smoothly as possible, chasing lawyers etc and making sure we were kept informed the whole way through. They went above and beyond, even helping us to handle our buyers even though it wasn't really their job as they were not the agents in charge of handling our sale. Also, they were just really nice people to deal with. Finally, they were always available on the phone or made sure they got back to us within a couple of hours if they were busy - that is a huge plus if you're doing something stressful like buying a house! Thank you very much Stow Brothers E11.
Their valuation was higher than I expected, and they revised down from an initial figure of £635k to £600-625k. In the end the property sold for just over £585k (after a long time on the market and a reduction in the asking price from £600k to £575k).
All that said, the people were always polite and friendly, the fees were reasonable and I think their brand works well. A decent estate agent, definitely.