Paul at Angel, Islington went over and above to help us. Unfortunately we didn't quite find the right property, but it was certainly no fault of his and he couldn't have done more. Extremely professional and caring.
I am writing this from a buyers perspective. We found our interactions with Foxtons Islington to be insincere and at times untruthful. The untruths were not recognised immediately but on second reflection the facts did not add up. The method of communication was always over the phone even when email was pointed out as a preference for us. This further added to distasteful sales tactics used because it enabled them to leave no record of what they were doing. When the regulations increase in this area to become more stringent a lot of the sales techniques used by Foxtons will be defunct and they will be unable to carry on using them. Out of all the estate agents we had interactions with during this property purchase, Foxtons were the most 'shark' like.
The lovely people at Hamptons Islington have provided me with two sets of hassle-free tenants, both giving an excellent rental return.
Their enthusiasm & knowledge of the local & international market is invaluable in securing the right people into your property, they have contact with relocation agents & overseas clients that guarantee above expectation results.
When the time came to sell my property, Hamptons sales did an excellent job in realising a superb price for my flat.
I would not hesitate to recommend Hamptons Islington as agents for your property.
We first tried to let our house in De Beauvoir Town with another agent and failed miserably. Hamptons were our second choice but the contrast couldn't have been greater.
Everything they have done has been outstandingly professional. For instance, they always respond within hours to any concerns we might have.
Most important of all, within weeks they found us the ideal tenant.
I can wholeheartedly recommend them to other landlords looking for an agent.
Like most people, I found choosing an estate agent really difficult. We originally went with a competitor down the road, who were terrible. After 6 months there was only a couple of offers and there attitudes was very negative about the sale. We swapped to KFH who found a buyer within a couple of weeks at the asking price. We dealt with Sam who was brilliant to work with - if you are considering going with KFH see if you can get her to manage things, she's great.
Honestly - words cannot describe the experiences I've had with KFH Islington. For six years I've lived in London and I've always thought "Yeah estate agents aren't great but I don't understand why they've got such a bad reputation" - after encountering KFH Islington, I can see why.
Before we moved in we agreed a number of conditions about what KFH would remove from the property and what they would do (basic things, like installing a curtain rail where there wasn't one) - did they do any of it? Of course not. Did we remind them? Countless times. They either outright refused or repeatedly promised to do it (never delivering).
This incompetence continued throughout our tenancy with poor response times, dreadful support and sometimes just not replying at all (as was the case when our front door wouldn't work).
When we moved out they charged us for a number of things not mentioned on the check in report and to replace furniture which had simply moved to the next room. They've also charged us for things that the independent check out folks didn't mention on the check out report - why they think we paid all those fees to hire someone independent I do not know.
Steer. Well. Clear.
Chesterton Humberts in Islington are great. Finding a flat was quick and painless. I am still in the flat Chesterton Humberts estate agents found for me, however, I am looking into another property because I considering moving to a bigger flat. If I do, I will most certainly use Chesterton Humberts!