All comments below have been taken from emails, cards and letters sent by clients. The related transaction is displayed at the end of each comment.
“It’s a credit to your presentation that what was basically a property that we would’ve binned off in a few minutes, had it come from Allen & Harris et al, took the best part of an hour for us to reach the ‘probably no’ conclusion. Somehow you made it look *very* tempting…
I’m afraid we had to say no… but you nearly had us there! I was very tempted by the garden(s), and the trees and vines mentioned, and the views, and the solar panels, and, and, and…. 🙂
Plus the historical paragraph really does (at least for geeks like me) put it into a context that I simply hadn’t considered before. Quite amazing, really, what a bit of juicy ‘background’ can do, to make a property seem more aspirational than maybe it really is! Without actually lying, or over-egging it at all, really. A pinch of history goes a long way, obviously!
The overall effect is luscious. Very aspirational, extremely well-presented, and a care-and-attention level that is simply a zillion miles away from the bucket-shop mentality seen elsewhere. It is exciting and enthusiastic without being ‘gushing’, and whilst it is (and has to be) a form of ‘shopping list’ in places, it also manages to come across as being HONEST, too. The mention of the restricted height in the undercroft and the broken back-boiler – it all comes over as very ‘trustable’, and I for one welcome that as a breath of fresh air. Like you said on the phone, it’s the difference between being a ‘Realtor’ in a neighbourhood whom people trust, and an old-fashioned ‘Estate Agent’, churning and banging ’em out the door.” Mr J (Johnstone St)
“You gave us excellent service in every way, nothing was too much trouble for you, all the questions we asked & your help to us on the day before we moved was brilliant. You cannot improve on the service you provide.” Mr & Mrs L (Thornbank Place)
“..your details are miles better than any others I have seen.” Mrs P (Triangle East)
” I have been asking xxxxxx agent why on earth they don’t provide floorplans at all and they can’t even be bothered to answer. Yours are not only very comprehensive but beautiful as well. It makes so much difference to be able to sort through houses using plans and saves me time when deciding what to view.”
Mrs S (Triangle North)
“Easy to make an appointment, low pressure sales approach – i.e not having to listen to lots of typical estate agent rubbish about there being 20 buyers coming round tomorrow.” Mr P (Thornbank Place)
“I really enjoyed the newsletter, I regularly check property listings on the NY Times website and always check the floor plan first because it is a true indication of space, windows, etc. However they have yet to set up pictures to accompany each room, I was really impressed!
As a property owner myself with an apartment that hasn’t worked out for various reasons, I am particularly interested in the state of the market and your comments about what is really happening with it as well as a timeline do a great job of translating the numbers and trends into layman’s terms. I wish there was something like that here.” Miss M (New York)
“gave highly professional advice on marketing and selling our house. Carey Gilliland has been instrumental in successful sales of a number of our properties. His knowledge of the property market in Bath is unsurpassed. Always attentive and client-motivated.” Mr & Mrs M (Combe Down)
“Madison Oakley offered a refreshingly open, unpressured, friendly and professional service that made buying our first home very easy.” Ms S (Bannerdown)
“Thank you so much for all your hard work, patience and help.” Mr S (Batheaston)
“I thought I would drop you a line to thank you , Wilum and your team for smoothing through the recent sale! I will make contact with you on my return to Bath at the end of the month and hope we could get together for a beer or four!” Mr N-F (Faulkland)
“my final offer for the freehold was accepted! Yippee!! Many thanks to Carey for his help in that.”
Mrs G (Park St)
“You have done a grand job here. You have really brought out the beauty of the house – and arranged some sunshine. That’s impressive!” Mrs E (Beaufort Place)
Thank you so very much I am truly delighted.
You have been fantastic and I am thrilled with the way you have handled everything.” Ms C (Dubai)
“In relation to the service, it has been nothing but brilliant, especially as I live so far away. At all times I have felt reassured with regards to the property sale, but above all you have been exceptionally helpful, professional and approachable, so a massive thank you, your help has been much appreciated !” Mrs B (Melcombe Road)
“Excellent communication, good understanding of client requirements, speedy results in tenant finding, brilliant follow up finalising details/deposits/contracts. Very professional, friendly and genuine service – would highly recommend.” Mrs S (West Avenue)
“I love the history of owners – such a nice touch!” Ms G (Third Avenue)
“I also think you guys are true industry pros and location wise I think you could really make a dent in main/upper Market sector. All the best and thanks for great sale in Ringwood rd.” Mr & Mrs W (Oldfield Park)
“Thank you for your letter of 21st July 2011 congratulating us on the sale of the above property. I really think the congratulations is entirely yours as your persistence and patience during the ups and downs of this sale have been remarkable.
It was truly our lucky day when you persuaded us to engage you to sell our late Mum’s house. As I live next door to the property, you immediately took on board the sensitivity needed to help us through this transaction. What initially seemed an easy and quick sale turned into somewhat of a challenge but you handled every twist and turn with patience and efficiency, personally keeping us informed of each issue as it cropped up.
The research into the history of the house that you carried out, was fascinating and made us feel you, like us, saw this property as a real treasure.
You made us feel that we were of the utmost importance, which, I believe, is probably the gift you have that you share with all your clients. For me, who admittedly has had little experience of buying and selling property, you have single- handedly dispelled the somewhat dubious reputation earned by other estate agents.
Not only have you helped us over what could have been a very painful time, but I am confident you have helped to find me lovely neighbours. We would not dream of using any other Estate agent should the need arise in the future.
Our sincere thanks go to you. With talents such as yours, I am certain your business is heading for well deserved success.” Mrs E + Mrs C (Larkhall)
“Thank you so much for all the help you gave with the sale of St Ann’s Way. We were very pleased with the way everything went – especially as they managed to complete earlier than we expected. When we chose an estate agent we went with our gut instinct: you had a very clear idea of how you would market the house, and you delivered what you promised. You kept us informed every step of the way, and you kept the buyers sweet too! This enabled it to be a very straight forward process, thank you. We are recommending you to anyone who’s selling/buying!
One very minor thing: we would have appreciated knowing, in advance, that the purchasers and their builders were visiting the house after their offer was accepted. Many thanks again for all your help” Mrs D (seller – St Anns Way)
“I would like to commend you on a really good service. I thought the sale was conducted really well, I found you (and Will) to be supportive, professional and also very patient in terms of multiple lengthy house visits. I also found you to be very calm and rational compared to previous agents we have dealt with (although this could be because we have moved from the South East!!)
I would not hesitate to use you again or to recommend you to others. In fact, I am hoping to start looking for investment properties in the not too distant future so intend to keep in touch.” Mr W (buyer – St Anns Way)
“I also wanted to thank you for all yours and Wills efforts in trying to sell our house.
I hope Madison Oakley continues to be a great success and I will always recommend you and Wills services.” Mrs T-G (Timsbury)
“I jus wanted to say how happy I was with all the on going help and assistance that I have received from you both with the sale of my house and with the help looking for a new house purchase, especially when they weren’t even being sold by you! I don’t care what anyone says about all estate agents being in for the money and deceitful, you guys aren’t typical estate agents you’re both lovely boys! I would recommend you very highly looking to sell a house or even buy one! Thanks for everything and I look forward to dealing with you next time , if there ever is one.” Miss B (Lymore Gardens)
“Just a note to say that we were very pleased with the service provided by you and your colleagues. You did all you could to secure the sale and to ensure that the sale went through as speedily and smoothly as possible. We would not hesitate to recommend your agency to anyone wishing to sell a property in Bath.” Mr/s S (Landseer Rd)
“Madison Oakley are professional, obliging and extremely helpful. Great communications and prompt return of calls which ensured a smooth progression between vendors and solicitors. They have an extensive local knowledge of the properrty market in Bath. Their enthusiasm and friendliness was very re-assuring and made a usually stressful process enjoyable.” Mrs E (Frankley Bldgs)
“Madison Oakley are different in the sense that they are a small owner run business and they care about their reputation. They know their local market intimately, they’re very interested in their local area and I would say they are streets ahead of anybody else. They’ve sourced numerous properties for me and also sourced tenants. They also have a letting business with which I’m very impressed. I have tried other letting agents, but I would say that they seem to work harder. They have a pleasant approach, they’re straightforward to deal with.” Mr C (Crandale Rd)
“Honest, reliable and competent – three words you would not usually associate with estate agents. However, I cannot fault Madison Oakley. Being new to Bath and having previously dealt with various incompentent estate agents, it was refreshing to deal with agents who actually listened to what I wanted. Both Carey and Will’s knowledge of Bath is extensive and they are both professional, friendly and understanding. Will consistently provided excellent and helpful advice and did far more than what I would have expected.
What was interesting was when I viewed properties listed with other agents and I mentioned Madison Oakley to them, they all commented on how well liked and respected Will and Carey are amongst other agents in Bath. Everyone seems to wish that they worked for them!
When the time comes to sell my property, I will definitely use Madison Oakley and I would have absolutely no doubts in recommending Madison Oakley to anyone.” Miss W (Walcot Parade)
“We bought a house from Will Long prior to him setting up Madison Oakley. Even then, his service, market knowledge and personal approach was superb.
I am really impressed with the contact that he has maintained with us since then and think the service he gives through Madison Oakley is even better and exceeds expectations.
He has provided other services to us, such as drawing up floorplans for our rented properties, and even this small task was done with such enthusiasm and professionalism.
Whether we buy or sell properties in the future Madison Oakley will be our chosen agent.” Mr/s D (Lorne Rd)
“Competent, responsive, thoroughly professional. Madison Oakley make everything they do appear effortless (which we know it is not). We are investors and need to work with agents who know what they are doing and can manage and marry the needs of the investor with those of the vendor. Will and Carey do this perfectly and, seemingly, effortlessly. They rightly take pride in providing excellent service, always courteous, always responsive. They are genuinely interested in the properties they sell and manage and the people they are providing services to. The complete opposite to some other agents. They are a breath of fresh air and set the standard for others to follow.” Mrs V (Caledonian Rd)
“I would like to add my recommendation for the terrific service from Maddison Oakley.
I have known Will Long for a number of years and can vouch for an Estate Agent who genuinely cares about his clients.
He is courteous, professional and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone thinking of buying or selling their house.” Mrs A (Caledonian Rd)
“Will and Carey at Madison Oakley were not at all what I expected from an estate agent, and I mean that in a good way! The most obvious strength was their honesty, openness and realism.
They did everything to properly market the property, get the right people in, secure the sale and take it through to completion.
All the way through the process I knew I could rely on them to do what they said they would do, If anything they were waiting on me.
At the same time as being totally professional it was also a very friendly and even pleasurable experience.
I shall certainly sell any future houses with them again, and I hope the next one I buy is one that they are selling too.” Mr T (Millmead Rd)
“I have just sold my house through Madison Oakley and I have been extremely happy with their service. Firstly I think they think outside the box, they are not your normal run of the mill estate agents in any way shape or form. They are interested in helping you through the entire process. And the second really important thing to me is that they are so contactable, like it says on the Madison Oakley website, they are contactable outside their working hours. You can always phone them on the mobile, and if not answered straight away they will always ring you back. Their level of service really stands out. This was in absolute contrast with the estate agents we were also dealing with because we were buying a new house while we were selling our current one. For example when we wanted to make an offer to the estate agents who we were buying our new house from it was a nightmare to get through to the right person! So in comparison Madison Oakley are like a breath of fresh air. We have moved about 6 times in the last 20 years but Madison Oakley really stood out compared to the other estate agents we dealt with. They deserve every penny of their commission.
They were very good at both local marketing in the Bath area and very good at marketing my house on various property websites. There was a huge response in the first week after having our property listed. We weren’t really ready yet to do viewings and the response in the first week was just incredible.” Mrs R (Weston Park)