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    Cridland and Co are a totally independent, family-run estate agency specialising in selling and letting property across North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. We are well known for handling properties of architectural or special interest, however our expertise covers a wide spectrum of prices and types. To us the average estate agent's standards might be good enough to sell washing machines but they are not good enough to sell houses.
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    The classic estate agent tactic when pitching for business is "high price, low fee, long fixed term agency agreement - sign here". Unfortunately this usually costs the client more money than it saves. There is a lot of research to show that a competitively priced house actually sells for MORE money than the neighbouring property which started marketing at a higher guide price. And yet the "average" estate agency still stacks the shelves with as many properties as possible, relying on a law of averages which dictates some will sell and some won't. After all, as long as those that do can produce a profit who cares about those that don't?
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    We are different from every other agency we know. We look to sell and let EVERY property we are given. You trust us to look after your property - probably your most valuable asset - and we take that trust very seriously. Our ethos is simple: Striving to exceed your expectations should be the rule not the exception.

    To this end we actively keep our stock LOW! To most agents this sounds a crazy way to do business, in fact it allows us to spend more time per day on each property yet still remain profitable. As a result we sell and rent a higher percentage of our properties, so everybody involved wins.

    Our service tailors the marketing to the need of the client, not the need of the agent. That is why we spend far more time, energy and money advertising each of our properties than we do our own services. Your property gains at least the same level of market exposure as any national/ international agent can provide, with the all-important addition of our time expenditure and local knowledge that they cannot.

    We have yet to find another agent who can match this service.

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    Well, no, actually...

    Estate agents exist for one simple reason - to transact properties from people who have them to people who want them. The reason is simple, what happens next is not.

    Unfortunately most agents forget this is not like selling washing machines or shoes. The size of the sums involved are life-changing, and every situation uniquely complex. The fact that most of the owners also live in the asset means the emotion and stress involved with property selling is up there with birth, marriage, divorce or death. Trusting an agent is an enormous leap of faith on a par with trusting a doctor.

    A really great agent must be a mix of many things. Property expert; marketing guru; consummate networker; agony uncle; locksmith...

    Unlike most estate agents we recognise this is your property, not ours, so our first task is to LISTEN. We start with a clean sheet of paper and work through your requirements, your concerns, your motivations, to find the best solution for you and you alone.

    Then we look at the property. Who will buy it? Why will they buy it? What aspects are big positives? Which less so? What other property might someone buy instead? How do we make sure they come and buy ours not the competition?

    The marketing we prepare genuinely reflects what the viewer will see. This means we show people around who are likely to buy it as they "click" with its assets. And because we have a great rapport with our buyers they trust us to show them the right properties, even when often it isn't what they thought they wanted!

    In addition, here's a few extra reasons why our clients choose us.

    • Oxford Times - we regularly advertise on a full page, but more than that we secure a high number of editorials.
    • Networking - we have contacts in HR and recruitment departments everywhere from technology parks to University Colleges.
    • Smaller portfolio - we take the view if we keep a small register we have more time for each client. So we sell more of our stock at higher prices than our competitors
    • Technology - We use the most advanced agency database currently available - meaning we spend more time selling your property and smoothing the path to completion, and less on admin.
    • Local knowledge - A buyer not knowing the schools/ commuting routes/ local amenities/ your situation may never view your property unless the agent can show them the assets.
    • Suppliers - will you or your buyer need a solicitor, financial advisor, builder, plumber, tree surgeon? Our contacts have been chosen for their quality and reliability, they will look after you.
    • Buyer relationship - the agent who has the best rapport with his buyers sells more properties, and we know our buyers!
    • ABOVE ALL, we never forget we are working for you...


    We're proud of our service and our clients love what we do. However there is no substitute for getting to know us and decide what you think of our company. We would be delighted to have a discreet, no-strings attached discussion at your convenience. Please call or email us, we look forward to talking to you soon.

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"I want to buy a house"...
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    For most of us, buying a property carries with it a degree of fear and indecision, mixed messages and often lots of confusion. You think you know what you want, but is that REALLY what you need? And can you actually afford it? If you are clear about your requirements, your finances and time frames, you can purchase a property with greater confidence.

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    A problem shared is a problem halved...
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    Our knowledge and experience helps you to put things into perspective.

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    From first contact we work through all your options with you. We ask your "wish list" then we pull it apart and examine the whys and wherefores. We go through the "check list" of the costs involved in moving. And we will even help you look at what happens after you have moved - will you need assistance sourcing a builder, decorator or interior designer?

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    This approach saves you time, money and stress. Our local knowledge covers issues as diverse as schooling, local traffic/ commuting routes, where is a good delicatessen, even which pubs serve a good Sunday roast. Ultimately we want you to buy the right house.

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    If you want help working out how to buy the best property for you we're just a phone call or email away.
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    Who are we?

    James Cridland has run various estate agency businesses over many years, taking each to market leader status. He has helped thousands of people to find a new home. He is also second generation estate agent so can confidently say property is "in the blood". His decision to open Cridland and Co is the culmination of years watching agents putting profit first and service a distant second, realising that if service is always put first profit will always follow - not a difficult logic!

    He is also downright obsessive, the smallest detail being sometimes the difference between successful marketing and failure he insists every photo and every word must be perfect. Consequently Harriet spends a lot of her time hiding his laptop and mobile on holiday/ after hours... Outside work if it has an engine or a sail it's James' passion, and when he's not working on a car or boat he can often be found in a second-hand record store or soldering old bits of hi-fi together (some of which survive the experience...)

    Harriet Cridland owned and ran a recruitment business for 10 years, building it from nothing - then sold it as a successful concern with an international reputation. Her understanding of business and finance is second to none, she is an outstanding networker and fantastically organised, and she is never afraid to be completely honest with her advice (some might say blunt? We couldn't possibly comment!). She is responsible for all our branding and all our finance, which we are glad of as both are often impossibly complicated and require the patience of a saint.

    Once a keen and accomplished horse rider, she is hoping that between family and work there will be more time for that one day. Meantime, like James, she loves classic cars and sailing boats; unlike James she is also a fabulous cook.

    Oliver-Tristan Barker (commonly known as OTB, for brevity...) is a well established Oxfordian. Selling in and around Oxford, London and Surrey, his experience is impressive across a wide range of prices, styles and areas. After six years in the industry he has built up a level of knowledge many agents twenty years his senior can't claim. Frankly, he also makes the rest of us feel idle - his ability to cram 36 hours into 24 is bewildering. An amateur thespian with a panache for the spoken word, keen (obsessive?) photographer, mentor to others, carer, there's something disturbingly effortless in the way he works, For those needing help with the reassurance of a true idealist, OTB needs to be your first call. He truly will find you the solution.

    Chris Murray proves the old adage "still waters run deep", coming across as the epitome of calm and quiet thought. He has the instinct rarely found in agents for identifying what people want and helping them find it, particularly majoring on looking at what a property could do at least as much as what it is now. With an effervescent Spanish partner and two young children, Chris might say he comes to work for a rest! As detail-obsessed as James, buyers and sellers know that he will find a solution to their needs. With skills and interests ranging from fluid dynamics and engineering to Venetian plastering and advance computer programming he is clearly too bright to be an estate agent - just don't tell him that...

    Rebecca Shaw Becka loves lists... Lots of lists... and lists of lists... This is a good thing for an administrator as she is permanently looking to rationalise and streamline everything we do, while keeping the diary and the "back office" in control with a rod of iron. She is also our Lettings controller, with an enviable ability to react quickly and smoothly to any crisis.

    A country girl from West Oxfordshire, before coming into this business she could be found running busy pub/ restaurants with up to 100 covers - not for the faint-hearted, and requiring serious organisation skills. Consequently her people skills, especially her ability to sort out crises calmly, are beyond reproach. Outside work, she confesses her OCD attitude extends to everything from cleaning to organising, which might be why while she tries to find a moment to go to the gym she admits to failing regularly...

    Sara MacAndrew-Uren An inveterate property nut, she originally tried to sell her previous house through one of our competitors. When that failed she came to us. After the sale successfully went through Sara nagged us until we agreed to bring her in for weekends, this has now expanded to weekdays as well. She clearly knows far more about property than most "professional" estate agents. This is something that viewers frequently comment on, usually along the lines of "Sara's amazing, the only agent we've met today who knows anything about the property she is showing!" Her sunny attitude is noticed by all she meets and we are delighted to have her back after the birth of her second child.

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    The Morris Building,
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      Do you know any other estate agent with feedback this good? No, nor do we...

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

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      You are head and shoulders above others
      Dear Becka,
      Thank you for your email of the 18th and I must apologise for my slow response! I wanted to speak with Dave before I sent you thanks for all your hard work during the sale of Sylvan. We enjoyed working with you all very much - upbeat, enthusiastic, efficient and feedback and regular communication were all most reassuring. A special mention for Chris in all of this, for the role he played in this particular production.We enjoyed working through the strategy with James initially, and clearly he had done his homework on the house and the area. Yes, it does help to live nearby!! We would be very happy to recommend you to others - absolutely! You are head and shoulders above others we have worked with. We have no immediate suggestions for improvements and we are still in touch with James with regard to other projects we have already touched upon. Sincere thanks from us both,
      Mary Small, Kirtlington - unsold by two other agents, sold above Guide Price by us
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      thank you for enabling me to achieve my dreams
      Dear James and staff at Cridlands,
      Many apologies for this letter being long overdue, but I want to say "thank you" for enabling me to achieve my dreams. I approached you with a rather ambitious plan for a three-way move, I recall saying "please, is there any chance you can work your magic?". And you did just that! Within ten hectic, and at times, nail-biting months you enabled me to sell a property, purchase my "forever home" and let another one. Your experience, professionalism and warm, friendly approach is very much appreciated. Thank you SO much. With kind regards,"
      Mrs S, Kirtlington
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      a bespoke service
      "Dear James, Can I thank you and your team for the excellent service provided to us with our house sale in Souldern and our move to Swanage. When we first met you we were impressed with your knowledge of the Oxfordshire villages and your enthusiasm for your work. That shone through all our dealings with you and your commitment to us. We felt you gave us a bespoke service and nothing was too much trouble. We are so pleased we chose Cridland. Thank you again, and if you are ever in Swanage look us up. Regards"
      Simon and Amanda Blake, Souldern
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      professional, personalised and friendly service
      "We got to know James and his team really well over the course of two years. They initially found a buyer for us within a couple of weeks when another estate agent had failed to do so for six months. Unfortunately by that time we had decided not to sell, due to changing circumstances. 18 months later when we decided to sell we asked James to sell the house, which he did rather promptly. We were given a very professional, personalised and friendly service through out and we are very happy with the end result!"
      Naima and Thomas, The Lane, Chesterton - Unsold by a previous large-chain agent.
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      personal, friendly and effective
      "Dear James, We have now cleared out of Church End, leaving it in good nick. I hope that the new owners think it so too. We have been in friendly correspondence with them about details, all of which have now been satisfactorily sorted out. So I now write simply to thank you for all that you did to sell the house for us. Your service was above all personal, friendly and effective. We would certainly suggest you to others. Best wishes for the future" 
      Basil and Alison Eastwood, Church End, Somerton (a 15th Century Hall house) - unsold by THREE previous, "premium" agents
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      absolute pleasure to deal with
      "Thank you James. The eloquence of your emails is one of the reasons we managed to keep smiling throughout! Huge thanks to you and your team, they really have been an absolute pleasure to deal with. And they certainly continue and compliment your company philosophy - it works, stick with it! No doubt we will speak again but in the meantime, thank you and best wishes, Kind regards,"
      Ed Howe, Adderbury.  Unsold by another agent, several bidders through us
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      Cridland and Co were fantastic
      "Cridland and Co were fantastic. James quietly held onto our cash buyers while we lost one house and took time to find another, found another and managed to exchange and complete with our original cash buyers in under a month - 5 months and 5 days from offer.This was an achievement made even more impressive as several other properties in our village, on with larger and higher profile agents, singularly failed to find purchasers throughout this period. He kept all parties reassured at each and every turn. His staff were very professional and did their best at all times to keep us informed and the viewings high at a difficult point in the market. Excellent skills. I hope they go far as it is very refreshing to have such a good experience." 
      Rachel and Charles Allen, Kencot
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      you actually listened to what we wanted
      We remain so grateful for the marvellous knack that you and your colleagues have of managing to stop a difficult process from becoming an irredeemable nightmare. Of course it mattered that you sold our house quickly and smoothly. But, looking back, we would cheerfully recommend you for your style as much as anything else - more boundless energy than boring formality - you actually listened to what we wanted.
      Stephen Brett and Caroline Jenkins, of Robin House, Kirtlington - sold off market
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      their service was exceptional
      "Cridland & Co. came highly recommended, and indeed their service was exceptional. They offered sound advice and guidance on the way to a very satisfactory sale and smooth completion. Not only that, but they went far beyond their obligations to negotiate on my behalf on the purchase of my ideal new property, even organising the survey for me - a full 360 degree service. I enthusiastically recommend Cridlands - and they're great, warm people too." 
      Oliver Shaw, The Paddox, Oxford
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      We have been heartily recommending you
      "Woo-hoo! We'll be cracking open the bubbly tomorrow evening! Thanks for everything, Cridlands have been fab, in particular with giving invaluable advice about tackling negotiations for our onward purchase. We have been heartily recommending you to everyone we know who is contemplating selling."
      Ali and Simon Law, Kirtlington
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      you need look nowhere else for an agent
      After having read many of the other testimonials on the Cridland and Co web site it is hard to find other things to add. 

      Estate agents as a whole have a very poor reputation, not helped, even these days, by large national agents, who for the most part have very little interest in the client who is at the end of the day paying them, and who it seems are just looking to move you through the system. Having met you some years ago whilst viewing a property, you were the immediate choice when re-marketing our house. Being old and quirky we said it would be a challenge, but this was taken in your stride, and after what can only be described as an eventful year, with a lost sale and other stresses, we moved just before Christmas. You were also able to sell another property for us, which again, although not easy, was a less fraught process, manly due to the speed with which the buyers wanted to proceed. 

      l can only say that if we were to move again any time soon, which we are not planning on doing, you would be the only call we would make. Your positive attitude to viewings, and determination to drive things through at the end where niggles with solicitor and buyer questions were concerned as well as a wealth of experience in the industry, and a massive local knowledge, means that you need look nowhere else for an agent.

      If you are looking to move and are taking valuations from other agents, do so, but then use Cridland's as you will find them to be the best! 

      Claire and Mike, Kingham Nr Chipping Norton - sales of two adjoining properties, previously unsold by a local agent
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      Certainly the best agent I have ever used
      "James' photography skills, his knowledge of the market and enthusiasm have been impressive. 10 weeks from time of advertising to completion is wonderful and made possible with the dedicated monitoring of progress. I found Jane and Lucy great too; always there if need be for help or advice. Certainly the best agent I have ever used. Thank you very much James and team." 
      Liz Hall, North Oxford
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      supportive but not pushy
      "Having originally bought our house many years ago with yourself as the selling agent we knew we would approach you to sell it again when the time came. In the year it took for us to decide to put our house on the market you maintained contact in a supportive but not pushy way so when it came to the crunch (me deciding I wanted it to go on the market like RIGHT NOW please!) you knew and understood us and our situation. Feeling understood was really important when big decisions needed making and ensured all advice you gave felt valid. That combined with finding a good buyer at asking price within a couple of weeks made for a good experience for us.  I would, and do recommend Cridland and Co estate agency to anyone who is considering embarking on this journey" 
      Sophie and Steve Gwilym, Woodstock
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      I have been very impressed by your professionalism
      What a sad moment... with nothing more to sell, your great work on selling 21/23 Frenchay road will mark, as you say, the end of our long association. But we are going out on a high, with such a great price achieved. As you say, it far surpasses my/ our best expectations. I have been very impressed by your professionalism, your calm approach, and, above all, your enthusiasm for the houses and their potential, which I am sure has rubbed off on the new owners. I do wish your business a great future. And if I am passing through your part of the world, I would love to drop in. If you ever need my help in providing a recommendation, please let me know as I can recommend you and your team very highly. Best wishes 
      Robin, Frenchay Road, Central Oxford - 
      Sold after a bidding war for nearly 50% (£260,000) above guide price
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      We would, without hesitation, recommend you
      We had already discussed writing to you with a testimonial as we felt you did an excellent job of getting the sale exchanged despite all the grief down the chain. Certainly, once it became clear that there was a real problem with Mr J, you guys really grasped the nettle and demonstrated real tenaciousness until it was over the line. We also really liked your no-nonsense, no bull approach on all aspects of the sale, but especially with the other agents. We would, without hesitation, recommend you to other people considering selling their house and would just say thank you very much indeed for all your assistance with ours. We also very much appreciate the offer for future assistance should we ever need it. With kind regards, 
      Matt & Caroline Sutton , Somerton - previously unsold with another agent
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      James Cridland and his staff set the bar high
      "James Cridland and his staff set the bar high for their willingness to get the job done to the best satisfaction of their customers. In a stressful situation they keep their eyes on the ball and are not daunted by setbacks. I'm glad I stayed with them in a long process which finally gave me what I wanted." 
      Deirdre, Wolvercote
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      professionalism and a certain lightness of touch
      "We would thoroughly recommend Cridland and Co to anyone. The level of personal service and communication is, we know, far, far greater than other large, national agents. They have a tenacious spirit to get you where you want to go, all done with professionalism and a certain lightness of touch not apparent with other agents. Moving house is genuinely treated as the somewhat important activity it is rather than merely another transaction to get on the books. And good humour ALWAYS goes a long way!"
      Tim and Jojo Goodfellow, sold in Woodeaton and bought in Wolvercote (the quote above), both through us
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      Wouldn't move again without them
      We used Cridland & Co to buy and sell our house and couldn't have asked for more. James and Lucy are great; helpful, good humoured and honest from the outset. Always had time to show us around the house we were buying, never rushing us, and the same went for viewings on the house we were selling, Lucy spent a whole day at ours on viewings, and even got the hoover out at one point, you wouldn't get that with other agents!  Wouldn't move again without them, thanks James and team."
      Jo & Mike, sold in Charles Street (Oxford) and bought in Woodeaton (the quote above), both through us.
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      You don't get service like this anywhere
      "Dear James. A huge thank you for selling our house and, most importantly for us, enabling us to buy our new family home. In the two years that it took, you were unfailingly polite, patient, friendly, helpful and always, always professional. And for anyone reading this it took two years because we were very fussy in finding the right place to buy. In that time Cridlands bought us plenty of firm offers and didn't bat an eyelid when we turned each one away (at least, not in our presence)! Be reassured by the fact that we had an offer at asking price within one week of being on the market. And when it came to crunch time we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Furthermore, James even came and viewed prospective houses with us. You don't get service like this anywhere these days, let alone from an estate agent. We recommend you to anyone we come across who's thinking of selling, and of course we will turn to you if we ever find ourselves in the situation too. It will just be a question of whether you can bear to take us on again! Best of luck."
      Nick & Letty, Wolvercote, Oxford"
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      recommend you wholeheartedly
      "Thanks again to you for the excellent service you provided; we were particularly impressed with the high standards you set for communicating with us as clients but also with the rest of the chain. The service you gave was consistently good and was far superior to the level of inertia and ineptitude we saw from the agent dealing with our purchase. We took you on as agents even though you did not have an office in the town because it was immediately evident that you had a fresh approach to selling houses which did not end with getting an offer accepted, but included bringing your experience to bear in chasing the chain to get us through to completion. We appreciated the honest, direct and personable way in which you dealt with us and would certainly recommend you wholeheartedly to others. best wishes for your continuing success.
      Simone and Pete, Brackley
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    Cridland and Co are a totally independent, family-run estate agency specialising in selling and letting property across North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. We are well known for handling properties of architectural or special interest, however our expertise covers a wide spectrum of prices and types.

    Mature, trained and experienced staff whose local knowledge is second to none is at the core of why we are so successful. We assist across a wide range of expertise ranging from local moves to relocations, second homes, future planning and investments, and we also provide a finders service. We secure results most agents can only dream of, proven by our clients’ comments on our own website’s testimonials page. We have also gained national awards proving our focus and marketing is unrivalled.

    We are based in the small hamlet of Caulcott, 10 miles North of Oxford, right in the heartland of rural Oxfordshire but close to every transport link. Consequently we can greet you in a relaxed environment with no parking issues or traffic jams to contend with! We will always be delighted to discuss your needs in person at your home or our offices, please call or email us and we will be glad to arrange an appointment.

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