You might expect a respected estate agent to leap to the defence of his profession against the regular abuse it receives from the wider public.
But that’s not the approach London estate agent John Horton has decided to take.
In fact, he believes that many estate agents don’t even like each other and he has set out his theory as to why online.
Horton, who runs Horton and Garton, an independent agency in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherd’s Bush, said many agents are guilty of a litany of sins that he finds himself unable to defend.
Among the worst of them, he claims, are: letters through the door asking home owners if they are thinking of selling; fake reviews and social media followers; unprofessionalism; and indifference.
He has a particularly dim view of cold calling, which he describes as “the most unashamed and desperate trick in the book”.
He says: “Here is my honest opinion: if an agency has time to send their employees out to harass you on your own doorstep, they’ve got a lot of time on their hands!”
He’s also no fan of “shiny suits”, “cheap shoes”, agents losing keys, forgetting to lock doors, or eating at their desks, among other offences.
He continues: “With over twenty years of experience in property I’ve seen every shady, and frankly desperate, tactic in the book but door knocking really gets my back up.
“Can you believe our clients right here in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush are regularly harassed by random agents on their own doorsteps?
“Despite being one of ‘the good guys’, I won’t defend the underhanded tactics of the competition – even estate agents hate estate agents.”
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