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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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    Who are we?

    James Cridland has run various estate agency businesses over many years, taking each to market leader status before deciding he could do it better himself. He is also second generation estate agent so can confidently say property is "in the blood". Many of his ex-clients are now friends, some of whom were instrumental in persuading him to open an agency. As the testimonials show he is one of the most effective agents in the business.

    James believes effective house selling is like no other marketing discipline. The smallest detail being sometimes the difference between successful marketing and failure he is unrivalled in insisting 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. 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!

    Lucy Antony has lived and worked in North Oxfordshire for many years, and her 10 years' agency experience includes managing a branch of one of the independent agents which she dragged from a major loss to market leader status. Her reputation is one of extreme sensitivity and understanding, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure clients' interests are the number 1 priority. She is also, perhaps reluctantly, our letting specialist as she is a stickler for getting the process right.

    Lucy has worked with James since the 'nineties. However she has quite forgiven James for persuading her to become an agent in the first place! When not in the office she is likely to be found wandering around a stately home with at least two cameras, a bag of lenses and tripod.

    Jane Digweed has also been a friend of ours and also a colleague for years. Before her career in estate agency (again, she thanks James, Lucy and Harriet collectively for her chosen profession!) Jane ran everything from tuition to organising undergraduate logistics for New College at Oxford University. She is our "office Rottweiler", ensuring everything from keys to brochures to client paperwork is in the right place at the right time. She truly does provide the glue to hold the office together.

    If you meet Jane outside work it will probably be on one of the impossibly long walks with her dogs, or "managing" a busy husband and two teenagers!! She is also a landlord herself so understands deeply the frustrations of being on the other side of the estate agent's desk.

    Andrea Jackson lives in Woodstock and recently joined the team to provide weekend and overspill cover. An excitable Australian married to an academic, Andrea has several work interests centred around property, including managing short lets and running the diaries for various busy people. Her sunny attitude is noticed by all she meets and we have found her an instant hit. However, we're not too fond of her fitness streak as it makes the rest of us feel old and sedentary...

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The Morris Building,
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Buying: 01869 714037  Local call rate

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    You're only as good as your last sale...

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

Testimonials from Sellers

  • Seller Testimonial

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. Thanks also to Lucy who kept me sane during the sale itself - a end of day laugh always helps! 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 and Lucy 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, Lucy, Jane 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 and Lucy. 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 and James 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 and James 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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Buying: 01869 714037  Local call rate

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