The best measure of success is what people are happy to say!
Looking back at our house selling experience, we were very pleased with our appointment of Cridlands as the estate agents. James Cridland is clearly experienced and astute. He judged that we should put our home on the market ‘as is’, rather than to first spend money on renovation. The focus was on the property’s good location, and its potential for a future buyer to exploit, and this proved to be a successful strategy. James is also a skilful negotiator, and he proved very capable in dealing with the few inevitable ‘wrinkles’ in the sale process along the way. Overall, the house selling experience was a positive one for us, and James’ personal approach had a lot to do with this. Thank you very much indeed, to James and the team!
D & L Pretorius - Duns Tew
Sold my house within 8 days of being on the market, can’t fault Cridland’s from start to finish made the whole experience stress free.
G. Varney - Bodicote
We can honestly say that the decision to sell our property with Cridland & Co was the best decision we made and we have no doubt that our move wouldn't have happened were it not for James' hard work and perseverance. We initially debated whether to go with an online estate agency as the cost saving seemed significant but James proved to be worth his weight in gold, especially when we hit a few problems after securing an offer. It's easy to forget that a huge part of selling a house comes after the initial offer, and it was then that the personal touch made a huge difference- with other agents we would have been passed to a central 'after-sales' admin team but with Cridlands we had James on speed dial until the day we moved and he personally navigated a complicated situation keeping us (and the rest of our chain) updated and involved at all stages. He also secured a higher offer than some of the other agents suggested they would achieve, presumably because they were looking for a quick and easy sale whereas James really seemed to understand the local market.
In a tricky market and with increasing competition it's refreshing having good old fashioned service and a personal touch- estate agents don't have the best reputation and Cridlands really buck the trend! We would strongly recommend James and his team and wouldn't consider selling with anyone else in future.
S. Powell - Summertown
James and his team were brilliant. We had not moved for 29 years, so the whole process was fairly daunting. James is incredibly easy to get on with, has a great sense of humour (particularly when things don’t quite go to plan) and made everything go as smoothly with as little stress as possible.
I would certainly recommend Cridland’s for selling and buying - we did both. Nothing is too much trouble. The best Estate Agents in Oxfordshire with a superb personal touch.
T. Gould - Souldern
Well, what can we say! It only took three years (from starting to look for a house to selling and buying!)!
Thank you for everything. We are very grateful for your humor, professionalism, and never-ending hard work. We are well aware that this move would not have hapened if it weren't for you.
Corin, David, Freddie, Hugo and Rufus. Kirtlington Bought the above through us...and sold this through us too!
I have sold 2 properties with Cridland and Co in the past 5 years and I cannot fault their service. Friendly, local and above all professional. Always easy to speak to someone on the phone and they really helped keep on top of the chain in both cases. When we had a buyer pull out at the last minute, Cridland and Co pulled out all the stops and found us another buyer within 10 days! Cannot recommend highly enough.
A. Law - Kirtlington
"Dear James and team,
Thank you so much indeed for all you have done with the sale of Magpie Cottage, and especially for sticking with it!
From "the house that didn't want to be built" to "the house that didn't want to be sold", it is finally a house that can be lived in and enjoyed.
Laura, Stuart, Mum and I are eternally grateful and it goes without saying that we will only ever think of Cridlands again should the need arise!
Thank you so much again,
Magpie Cottage, Souldern - a new build in 2 acres
4 separate titles (1 of those possessory), 2 different sets of sellers (and 2 different seller solicitors)!
"It was obvious from our first conversation with James Cridland that he really likes his job and this reflects in his enthusiasm for the properties he sells and his total engagement right through to completion. There is a strong team around him and nothing is too much trouble for Vendor or Purchaser alike.James's obvious experience allows him to pre-empt and deal with possible issues before they arise which allowed us a smooth and amicable negotiation process, for which we are very grateful. Highlights in service for us were: Good and consistent communication with all; great local knowledge worked well for us and our purchasers, so helping to complete the sale; James was not put off by our individual and quirky old cottage and he could completely see it's potential; A realistic and positive approach throughout was refreshing and a pleasure to work with.We highly recommend Cridland and Co to all."
Denise and Hugh Pakeman - Middleton Stoney - unsold through a previous agent
"I am a busy working mother with 3 children and a dog and rarely take the time to write reviews of anything.
But I had to make the exception for Cridlands Estate Agents.
We had a slightly tricky house to sell as it is listed and thatched, which is definitely not a mass market beast. We were selling our first house and we had been on with 2 other agents before calling James and had unfortunately had pretty dire experiences. Huge upfront fees with one and being asked to do all our own viewings with the other.
So my expectations were not high when I called James. How wrong I was! Right from the first phone call and subsequent valuation, James and all his team were polite, warm, honest and professional. We have all needed a sense of humour throughout the sale and I cannot thank James and his team enough for all their guidance and support.
Small, (but important) points worth mentioning particularly:1. There was an understanding of our life applied to all areas of the sale - obviously first evident with arranging house viewings and as much notice as possible given.2. The majority of viewings were appropriate with well-matched potential buyers.3. All my phonecalls/ emails/ messages were swiftly replied to and dealt with appropriately.4. James kept us updated regularly post offer being accepted and arranged a very smooth sale with his constant work chasing all parties involved.5. They also helped us with looking at our potential next houses, giving us advice on appropriate valuations.6. Their local knowledge was evident and incredibly important. As was their knowledge of old houses-I believe the key to our successful sale.
We cannot thank Cridlands enough for such a positive experience instructing them as our agents. We cannot recommend them highly enough.
Do not hesitate to call them."
Dr Catherine Walters, Twyford - on the market with two other agents prior
From his first visit, James made it clear that he understood the potential of our unconventional home in an uncertain market. His personal and professional interest in the photographs and write up instantly conveyed his enthusiasm and fresh approach. He and his team set about attracting viewers with energy, and in four months they had sent as many viewers as two previous large chain agents had in a whole year. His advice to us was always realistic but positive and we were buoyed up by the prompt responses he and his team gave to any queries we had.
The depth and breadth of James’ knowledge and experience, and his problem solving approach throughout the sales process also gave us confidence. James seemed to relish the challenges that cropped up during the sales process and went out of his way to find solutions. Above all, what sets James and his team apart is their understanding of people and properties and their enthusiasm to match ‘the right people to the right property.’ It’s infectious and it works! Thank you Cridland and Co.. You’ve made all the difference.
Mike and Clare, Steeple Aston - on the market with other agents for two years!!