Foxtons aremoney grabbing shysters to be avoided at all costs and I'd give Black Katz a wide berth too.
You might want to have a look at this thread below which was for lettings but is very helpful on estate agents in general.
Mary Portas did a Secret Shopper programme about estate agents in Islington, you might want to have a look on iplayer.
I've always had time for KFH who seem to making inroads to the SG/FP area.
As for Foxtons, if you are selling I think they should make your list. Just try to avoid buying through them.
I'm buying and also thinking of selling through Davies and Davies. I like Malcolm's encyclopedic knowledge of most properties in Stroud Green, who lives there, who lived there before that, and exactly what improvements they've had done.
D & D seemed to have the lowest commission as well.
Having said that they have pissed me off at times, with their most appalling bullshit, but if you can work with it, and go with the flow a bit, I think they're the best of the bunch. If I was doing it again, I wouldn't go with the solicitor they recommend, get your own one. They kind of play you off against each other.
Malcolm is a good man and is the most knowledgeable about the area and the properties. He knows pretty much everyone on my street. I always liked Tim and Micha at Michael Morris and have bought and sold through them. They are a bit more south of the Park though, but have tried to break into the north with their front on SGR.
The Mary Portas thing is here, it's worth a watch if you are thinking about selling your house.
Avoid Litchfields - we sold our flat through them and they were rubbish in a number of ways. We should have gone with Davies & Davies, and I'd definitely head to them first next time.
Intriguing... it was Martyn Gerrard's that was featured on the Mary Portas progamme.
Any idea why it's been removed marky?
Dawnage, what are you selling? I'm in the market for a flat.
We sold ours recently through Castles in Crouch End who were good and do a very professional job of presenting it and marketing it.
I like D&D but I thought their valuation on our flat was a good 10% too low and Castles valued it higher and then sold it for nearer that higher price within two weeks.
40D tends to pull some recent programmes quite quickly then stick them back up.
We're looking on the SG side of the tracks, I'm afraid.
Graeme makes a good point don't just go with the highest valuation, your property needs to be realistically priced to get people through the door.
Having said that we didn't go with a couple of agents as their valuations seemed designed to shift our fast at the stamp duty threshold (which distorts prices and pulls properties down) rather than having to try a bit harder to break that level, thus suiting them and not us.
The thing I'd say is ask your agents, do you always call back people who have viewed for feedback and then inform us what that was and do you phone people on your books to let them know of new properties.
I've found a large number don't bother.
Not exactly. When I was thinking of selling, I had my flat valued through them. They valued it at £40,000 more than Davies and Davies. Their commission was more. The properties they're selling, correspondingly, looked over-priced to me.
They're friendly enough and know the area well.
One of the guys in there is a bit orange, but that might just be me.
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