It has been a pleasure dealing with Marlie. She friendly, enthusiastic and professional. She had all the answers to my questions and puts you at ease from the onset. An asset to the team.
I have never dealt with such rude and people in my life.
My sister and I were looking to buy a property in tooting. On numerous occasions we called about a few properties and promised to have our call returned by a member of their sales team. No one ever returned our call. Ever.
On the one occasion I managed to get through to one of the sales team named 'Bhavin Patel', he said we should sign up to the 'priority buyers list' (or whatever it was called). The idea of this list was to get us first viewings on new properties, but we had to provide pay slips and bank statements etc. When I said I didn't want to provide this information just to view a house, he became quite aggressive insisting I was making a mistake, and put me through to who I think may have been a mortgage advisor- he was equally aggressing and pushy. Bhavin refused to listen to my reasoning that no other estate agent required this information and was extremely condescending and rude.
I was very keen on the property in question, so when I called the main office to arrange a viewing the conversation went as follows:
Me: "Erm, Hello? Is this Barnard Marcus?"
BM: "Yeah, Who do you want."
I wish I could portray the tone and manor of the conversation, but it was truly shocking.
I decided not to pursue viewing the property with Bhavin after he called me so many times to arrange a viewing, and in such a terrible mannor.
We ended up purchasing a property with Haart (tooting) who have been an absolute delight in comparison. Although, when Bhavin called me (again) I informed him of this and asked him to not contact me, and if our sale fell through I would be in contact. He ignored this completely, and continued to call me on numerous occasions, insisting i should still view his properties and sign on to the priorities list until our sale was complete.
So impressed with KFH Balham. The sales negotiators are all extremely polite & professional. They always call with clear, concise viewing feedback.
I have been particularly impressed with Ali who has been negotiating the sale of my property for me. He has gone above and beyond to try to close the deal.
Would definitely recommend!
Paul, the manager, and other team members failed to manage our expectations at every level. It began when we challenged the suggested asking price which we thought it was far too high. They insisted it was right, if not a bit low. We explained that the last thing we wanted was to put it on for too much, get excited, then have to come down in price and be disappointed. They said the market in Balham was awesome and talked of sealed bids and we should probably push for even more. We pressed the point but they insisted they had buyers waiting in the wings. After hardly any viewings and a failure of all these buyers to materialise they suggested we drop the price by £30k exactly the scenario we had said we wanted to avoid at outset, then tried to blame us! They managed to hit pretty much every negative cliche you can attribute to Estate agents. We changed to Purple Bricks, saved 5k in fees and sold to the FIRST person who viewed. My suggestion is you avoid KFH.
We’ve recently bought a house in Tooting, helped by Will. He was so friendly from the start but also very knowledgable and always available on the phone and over email. Since the sale went through he’s gone above and beyond by helping me track down neighbours to get some paperwork signed. Genuinely nice dealing with him!
Do not use Haart.
We took out a tenancy agreement through them. They made multiple errors - emailing my housemate at the wrong email (even after being corrected), giving us TWO wrong addresses for the property and putting the wrong date and address on the contract.
The have been hard to contact and took a long time to get back to me. Even within the company they can't seem to get in contact with each other.
They booked a check in time for us without asking if we could make it and then didn't get back to us for about 2 weeks until it was only a few days until moving in.
They told us everything was sorted (even when I specifically asked about references) and then a day and half before moving in told us they didn't have our references and we couldn't move in unless it was resolved.
This agency are disorganised and unprofessional and yet charge more than any of the other agencies we did viewings with.
We used James Pendleton at Clapham Common who were patient, caring and above all, professional and David Standeven was exemplary in all the dealings we had, in what turned out to be a very complicated sale. I would highly recommend James Pendleton for their professionalism, helpfulness and achieving the objectives.
James Pendleton miss appointments and try to convince you about viewings you don't particularly want to do. I was stood up outside a property off Lavender Hill I really wanted to see with a phone call to say they hadn't been able to obtain keys!? I was then told that I would instead be taken to view a property I had already ruled out with them. The incompetence / arrogance of the seemingly death as well as dumb female I dealt with at the time was shocking. What however has prompted me to write this review is that after countless attempts to have me removed from their mailing list, I am still receiving unwanted alerts. DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY
I made the mistake of trying both an online agent and another local agent to sell my property, neither came anywhere near Marsh & Parsons in Tooting who did exactly what they said they would. Frequent viewings were generated from across their local branches, I received weekly updates, John-Paul and his team were efficient, professional, supportive and helpful from the start right through to completion. I cannot rate them highly enough and only wish I had gone with them in the first place.
Unfortunately there is no option to select 0 out of 5 stars for this review, so to reflect the appallingly distasteful experience i have had to select 1 out of 5 stars.
In effort to avoid posting an entire essay, I shall cut the long story short: Prospective tenant, put in an offer on a property which was subsequently accepted and went to contracts and referencing. Landlord pulled out of the deal during referencing (tenancy at this point was signed). Marsh and Parsons took the decision to retain 270.00 as an ‘administrative fee’ despite all documents I signed being peppered with “I also understand that should I withdraw from an accepted offer the administration fee of £225 plus VAT is non-refundable” – I would like to highlight again, that the Landlord pulled out of the offer.
It is a massive shame that an Estate agency with such a large presence in London would conduct business in such an unethical manner, essentially trying to pull a fast one and keep money that they are not legally obliged to keep.
Safe to say I will never deal with M&P again and would not recommend them to anyone.
Unfortunately it looks like I will have to progress with legal proceedings.