Friday, August 17, 2007

Foxtons...


These cars roam the streets of London and other major British cities. These cars has become the instantly recognisable icons of the largest housing agents in the market, Foxtons. Each agent is given the keys to a Mini Cooper, which they will use to transport their prospective clients (either rent or buy) to the properties that they are viewing. When you step into their office, it's invariably tastefully decorated (some with huge plasma screens) and you're treated to a drink of your choice... they have a range.

Now have you wondered, who's paying for all these gimmicks? Hmm... in order to market the best properties, Foxtons promises landlords to get the best prices for them. Foxtons, in turn, charges the clients the highest agent fees in the market. For those who are new to town, you may want to check out Foxtons to get a feel of the place. But if you want a good bargain, you may want to reconsider...

Alternatively, you can check out the newsletter Loot where a number of properties are placed in the market. Well, just my two cent worth...

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8 comments:

Sabahkid said...

Seems like u r still holidaying in London haha...... good on ya mate! time to invest a little in the UK lottery.


cheers

CheeKim

London Soon said...

Hi,

Great blog.... fantastic articles! You must be a journalist! So Foxton is a reliable agent for someone fresh in London looking for a rented property?

Thanks.

C K said...

Thanks! You might like to approach Foxton to get a feel of the area's properties. But I would suggest that you don't commit yourself before looking at other local letting agents. Foxton mandates that the Landlord purchase insurance for Tenant's deposit (approx 6 weeks), not sure about other agents though. Hope it helps. Cheers!

London Soon said...

St. John's Wood,
Hampstead,
Maida Vale,
Hi CK,

If you do have any comments or impression on these few areas, I would love to hear some.

Hammersmith,
Primrose Hill,
Regent's Park,
Marylebone,
Kensington,
West Hampstead,
Belgravia,
West End,
Notting Hill,
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Golders Green.

Thank you very much!

London Soon said...

Hi CK,

If you do have any comments or impression on these few areas, I would love to hear some.

Hammersmith,
St. John's Wood,
Hampstead,
Maida Vale,
Primrose Hill,
Regent's Park,
Marylebone,
Kensington,
West Hampstead,
Belgravia,
West End,
Notting Hill,
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Golders Green.

Thank you very much.

C K said...

Hi "London Soon",

I'm not sure where you're from as I think that different nationalities look out for different things, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I'll just give my two cents worth. There're a number of places that you've mentioned which I'm not quite familiar with. But here goes...

St. John's Wood and Maida Vale
Popular with foreign students, quiet place, away from hustle and bustle... away from the 'happenning' places as well. A sleepy clean part of London I would say.

Primose Hill
Near to the park that offers a superb view of London's skyline second only to Hamstead Heath. Upclass area, genteel feeling with little shops and within walking distance to Camden Lock, which is a crazy place for knicks knacks.

West End
Great place if you belong to the arty and nightlife crowd. That's where most of the theatres are. It's also a stone's throw from Leceister Square (Chinatown). But can be abit noisy as the partying tend to extend into the night. No short of entertainment though.

Notting Hill
Made famous by the show starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. It's a little upclass haven surrounded by weekend market (Portebello market) when the whole area springs alive. Not a good idea to stay during Notting Hill Festival during Sep as the parade can get abit rowdy at times. Otherwise filled with quaint little terraces.

That's all of the areas that I have an inkling about.

If you're looking for a property in these areas, you've to consider the travelling distance to workplace / school as transport costs can be rather hefty in London itself.

Hope that helps and Happy New Year to you!

London Soon said...

Dear CK,

Your helpfulness ignited my feelings about Singaporeans.... I have been away from home(Singapore) for too long... to be exact 12yrs.... I tend to forget or get rather disappointed when I come across cold Singaporeans each time I go home.... Somehow, people in Singapore have changed, I may be wrong....

Thanks for the very informative details and I really appreciate it.

Have a great year ahead and a great stay in London!

C K said...

No worries, the pleasure's mine.

Actually my wife and I were quite helpless when we first came as we were new to the city and there was no much help with the cultural shock and all.

Well, hope that you and your family will enjoy the city as we have!