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Why Michael Hardy?
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    Michael Hardy has been a familiar sight on the High Street in Wokingham and Crowthorne for over 30 years. As an independent agency, we are a strong team of mature yet dynamic professionals with a forward thinking attitude. Our vast experience and knowledge of not only the property market but the local area, have helped us become the successful brand we are today. We strongly believe in treating our customers how we would like to be treated. Keeping everything in house, with Sales and Lettings under one roof, all calls answered by our sales teams and with dedicated staff to constantly update you as we reach the crucial points in the selling or letting process of your property, means our clients are reassured that we will go that extra mile to not only get them that all important acceptable offer but see the sale or let through to completion. Having prominent High Street offices allows us to give our clients the comfort of face to face help and advice during what can be a very stressful process.

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    Our experience
    So why is it that this agent can do a better job than the others? What is it that we can use to make Mr and Mrs Buyer offer on your house rather than the one down the road? What is our unique selling point? It is our experience! In fact between the principal selling staff in Wokingham and Crowthorne we have over 100 years of handling properties in the area.
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    Our biggest Asset
    There are those who believe that all estate agents have to do is place an advert in the paper or on the internet and then sit back and wait for the offers to flood in. If that perception were true then all the agents with good staff and high profile offices would have closed during the credit crunch. Instead the reverse is true; those who relied on inexperienced staff and low cost marketing techniques closed their doors first. Our biggest investment is our staff because it is those very staff that have consistently made us one of the most successful estate agents in the areas in which we operate.
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    How we do things
    Often we get calls from homeowners who will say, "I don't want to know what you do, I just want to know how cheap your fee is?" Fair enough, but ask yourself this. If the agent responds to the question by immediately dropping his fee how hard will that agent work to get you the best possible price. If he caved in on what he gets paid how much does he care about what you get?
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    What we do for you
    We do everything we can to get as much money from a prospective buyer as possible. Why? Because that is what you, the homeowner, have employed us to do. If we get it right you will remember what we have done and will hopefully use us again when you make your next move. We are a small local firm and our reputation is everything to us. Between 65 and 70% of our clients are repeat business or by recommendation. Given the poor reputation of estate agents this is no mean feat!
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Selling your house
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    Selling your house can be a stressful time, but a small amount of work and some careful thought can sell your property sooner, reducing the stress on you and your family.

    Our experience at Michael Hardy has taught us that the most stressful time for you the client is after the sale has been agreed and we go through the process of progressing your sale to exchange of contracts.

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    How we market your home
    • Full colour property particulars with professionally taken photographs
    • Professionally produced detailed colour floor plans
    • Full colour advertising
    • Prominent High Street offices
    • Feedback on all visits with regular market updates
    • Accompanied viewings 7 Days a Week
    • Open House Marketing Available
    • Dedicated sales progression with regular updates
    • Members of the Ombudsman to Estate Agents Scheme, our professionalism is guaranteed
    • All sales staff required to adhere to professional guidelines
    • Fixed price conveyancing from our panel of local solicitors, on a no sale -no fee basis

    Supporting this package Michael Hardy ensure that their clients are fully informed as to the progress in the marketing of their property and are regularly updated on reaction from any applicant who views the property. For many years the company has been associated with some of the most respected developers in the South East. The list of companies for whom Michael Hardy have acted includes: Berkeley Homes, Bewley Homes, Bovis Homes, Bryant Homes, Bryant Country Homes, Charles Church, Garth, Construction, Luff Developments, Millgate Homes, Oxford House Properties, Robert Evans Construction, Thomas & Co, Westbuild.

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    Professional photography and floorplans
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    Many vendors comment on the quality of the photographs that we provide, comparing them to the images that were supplied when they first bought their home. We believe that every property brought to the market, irrespective of size or price, should be showcased to its full potential.

    Also the introduction of floor plans to our marketing portfolio has probably been one of the most popular innovations with purchasers and vendors alike. After viewing ten houses in one day it is so much easier to refresh one's memory by consulting a plan which sets out each room's shape and denotes total square footage of the property.

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    Sales Progression

     

    Negotiating Skills

    When a member of our team receives an offer we get every available detail about the buyer: their chain, mortgage lender and estate agent details, so that we can research their situation thoroughly before we submit their offer to you.

    We then draw on our years of experience in order to negotiate the best possible price.

    Sales progression

    Our experience at Michael Hardy has taught us that the most stressful time for you the client is after the sale has been agreed and we go through the process of progressing your sale to exchange of contracts.

    It is an emotional time both as buyer and seller. You have to be kept informed as to what point your property has reached in the transaction.

    If there are any problems, you need to feel that your agent is doing everything they can to "iron them out".
    Sales progression is a new phenomenon to many estate agents. Michael Hardy have used it since they opened their doors in 1985.

    Both Michael Hardy offices have a dedicated member of staff whose job it is to constantly up date you as we reach the crucial points in the selling process of your property.

    It is this particular element of our service which has resulted in many of our clients using us again and again. They have been safe in the knowledge that we will go that extra mile to see the sale through.

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    Removals - E.G. Wigmore & Sons Ltd
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    EG Wigmore & Sons Ltd has been run for 3 generations by the same family, offering the same high standard of service throughout. They offer a full range of services including packing, removal only, storage etc. so whether you're are Buyers, Sellers, Landlords or Tenants, EG Wigmore & Sons Ltd will endeavour to solve all your logistical problems, stress free while providing good value for money. You will meet Alan Wigmore at your quotation appointment and he will be in control of your entire removal keeping quality control and continuity to the highest standard. 

    Home Removals Packing Storage 
    Barkham Street
    Wokingham
    Berkshire, RG40 4PJ 
    Tel: 0118 976 1900 Tel: 01344 723 174 
    Email: wigmores.removals@gmail.com Web: http://wigmores.co.uk
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    Solicitors - CJ Giles & Company
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    CJ Giles has built an enviable reputation for its work in all types of property matters including sales, purchases, transfers of equity, and re-mortgages. The work is handled by the firm's two highly experienced partners who have deliberately chosen to remain practising in this field and whose aim is to provide an efficient, high quality and realistically priced service. CJ Giles was established in 1986 by Charles Giles and in 1992 Ann Dobson joined Charles as a partner expanding the range of legal services offered by the firm.

    CJ Giles & Company 
    Evolution House 
    53-59 Peach Street 
    Wokingham
    Berkshire RG40 1XP
    Tel: 0118 978 1017 Fax: 0118 974 0431 DX: 33514 Wokingham 
    Email: cjgiles@cjgiles.co.uk Web: http://www.cjgiles.co.uk/
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    Solicitors - Herrington Carmichael
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    Herrington Carmichael offers high quality, jargon-free legal advice and representation.

    We believe in the traditional values of excellent service and value for money, and our clients appreciate our innovative, proactive and friendly approach to all their legal concerns. The speed with which the law changes today can be overwhelming. That's why it is so important to take good legal advice.

    We provide easily accessible offices in Camberley and Wokingham both with on-site parking facilities.

    Wokingham office, 27 Broad Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BA | Email: info@herrington-carmichael.com | Tel: +44 (0)118 977 4045 | Web: http://www.herrington-carmichael.com/

    Camberley office, Building 9, Watchmoor Park, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3YL | Email: info@herrington-carmichael.com | Tel: +44 (0)1276 686222

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Meet the team
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    An experienced and helpful team!
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    Michael Hardy was founded in 1985 as an estate agency specialising in the sale of residential property of all types and in all price categories from its offices in Wokingham and Crowthorne. A Lettings Division was established in 1998, based in Wokingham but managing properties throughout the Crowthorne, Reading, Finchampstead and Wokingham areas. Over the years the company has built a strong reputation for honesty, professionalism and innovative marketing.

    One of the fundamental differences between Michael Hardy and its competitors is the maturity, professionalism and experience of the sales team, coupled with the company's attitude towards providing excellent service.

    To this end the Managing Director, Neal Mackenzie, is actively involved in the day to day running of the agency, ensuring clients are updated after every viewing and kept fully in the picture with regard to progress of the subsequent sale. With over 100 years of combined local knowledge in Wokingham and Crowthorne, vendors can have faith in the advice and guidance they receive from the Michael Hardy team.

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    Neal Mackenzie - Director
    I left Forest School in 1979 and rather fell into Estate Agency after the army decided it could defend the country without my help! I worked with Michael Hardy when he was a director at Nicholas Estate Agents and then joined him when he started his own firm, Michael Hardy, the company of which I am now Managing Director. I have witnessed many changes in the town over the last 30 years: booms, busts and everything in between. I live in Wokingham with my wife Debra, 3 sons, 2 dogs and 4 cats - believe it or not I don't like cats! When I am not in the office I like to go cycling I also like to play golf - badly! Otherwise I am walking the dogs or ferrying my sons to and from somewhere!
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    Barnaby Styer - Branch Manager
    I have worked as an estate agent in Wokingham since 1998 and joined Michael Hardy a year later. I am passionate about property and take great pride in giving clients good advice and a great service. I am a family man, married to Katie who works in marketing, and we have two beautiful young daughters aged 6 and 2½ who help bring out the child in me. I have an active social life and enjoy running, cycling, football and snowboarding to keep fit. I love listening to a variety of music and spending time relaxing, producing and mixing my own dance music.
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    Bed Biggs - Sales Manager
    I have worked locally in estate agency for the last 16 years and have lived in Crowthorne since 2002. I am married to Emma and we have a small dog, Alfie. My favourite pastimes include walking the dog and mountain biking and I can often be found in one of the restaurants in Crowthorne High Street at the weekend.
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    Nick Hougham - Negotiator
    I began my career in estate agency in 2009, joining Michael Hardy in June 2012 and have lived in and around the area for most of my life. I help carry out all aspects of the job, arranging and carrying out viewings, negotiating the best price for our clients' homes and helping with sales progression, ensuring all parties are kept informed of progress until exchange and completion. Outside of work I spend time with my partner Katie, seeing friends and going to the gym either before or after work. I'm a big American Football fan and always go to the games at Wembley. Go Patriots!
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    Angela Walgate - Negotiator
    Originally from Belfast, I have lived in England since graduating from Queens University Belfast nearly 20 years ago! Wokingham has been my home for the past 10 yrs and I have worked at Michael Hardy for almost 6 years. I am married and have two young children but somehow find the time and energy to keep myself challenged and fit by taking part in half-marathons and even Tough Mudder events!
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    Kirsty Bentley - Negotiator
    I have worked for Michael Hardy since 2006, originally as a member of the Crowthorne weekend staff, but more recently I have started to work some weekdays at the Wokingham branch too whilst continuing my weekends at the Crowthorne office. Having enjoyed growing up in Crowthorne myself, I moved back when my three children were very young and they have all attended the local schools. Now they are older and heading off to university, allowing me a little more time to myself! When not working I am generally happiest outside working on my garden or out on a long walk, whatever the weather, with my dog Hettie.
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    Ian Roach - Crowthorne Office Manager 
    I live in Wokingham and have worked for Michael Hardy since May 1997, becoming the manager of the Crowthorne office in 2002. Having lived in the area all of my adult life I have a wealth of local knowledge along with many years of estate agency experience. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cycling and foreign travel and have family in both Portugal and Canada whom I try to visit as regularly possible.
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    Terry Nice - Valuer
    With 27 years of Estate Agency experience covering areas such as Reading, Wokingham/Crowthorne, Bracknell, Ascot and Sunningdale, I feel I have the knowledge of the business to advise buyers and sellers alike on all aspects of moving home. Having worked and lived in the area for 17 years I also have extensive local knowledge of all local amenities.Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and enjoy playing squash, watching motor sport, cycling and can often be found doing several laps of Dinton Pastures.
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    Jane Down - Crowthorne Negotiator

    I joined the Crowthorne office of Michael Hardy in May 2011 as a Weekend Sales Assistant and now work part-time during the week in addition to weekends. In a different life, pre-children, I worked in Sales Management in recruitment in London, before giving up work to have my children and move to Crowthorne. I live with my husband, two sons and various pets, only leaving Crowthorne if I absolutely have to!

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    Tracey Jones - Crowthorne Negotiator
    I have lived in the local area most of my life and owned several homes in Crowthorne and Little Sandhurst over the last 15 years so have comprehensive knowledge of the village and all that it offers. I currently live on Longdown Lodge with my husband, son and 2 lovely dogs that we spend countless hours walking through the many local woods... They certainly keep us fit!
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      Wokingham property market
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      With over 100 years combined experience and knowledge of the Wokingham property market, obtaining the right advice is paramount and we are confident that we have a friendly and efficient team of negotiators with the right tools to satisfy any clients' needs regarding buying and selling a property.

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    9 Broad Street,
    Wokingham,
    Berkshire,
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    Buying: 0118 453 0073  Local call rate

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    Michael Hardy Recent Testimonials
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      It easy for property agents to publish glowing testimonials on their websites and omit any criticism. While this is a widely used practice, companies and individuals are not being completely open with consumers, so 'Buyer beware' still rules. That's why Michael Hardy actively promote the views of their customers by linking directly from our website to Allagents website were you can find independent reviews from our customers - http://www.allagents.co.uk/michael-hardy/

    Testimonials from Sellers

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      Everyone at Michael Hardy was extremely helpful with the whole process through selling our property. They were always available to deal with any of our requests. I would absolutely use them again and highly recommend them to our friends and family. Wokingham 2016
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      very competitive rate
      We had been letting our property through the Wokingham branch after moving to the US, when we decided to sell. We approached Michael Hardy to take care of the sale and they offered us a very competitive rate. Being 6000 miles away from where the sale was occurring it was critical to have an agent we could trust, was competent and communicative, and Ian and the team were all of these. In a very unstable economic environment, they were able to match us with a buyer and obtain a good price for our house. Ian was also very communicative during the conveyancing process, being the central point for buyer and sellers solicitors and keeping things moving through good information flow. We would thoroughly recommend them to others. Crowthorne 2016
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      describe excellence - answer Michael Hardy..
      How do you describe excellence - answer is Michael Hardy. Such a positive experience. I want to thank chris, Neil, Sarah, Nick, Barnaby, Ben and all the staff who directly and indirectly assisted in the sale of our house. This Estate Agents go above and beyond the call of duty. They do everything in their power to support and help you in the sale of your home. They are truly professional, they follow up every avenue after the offer has been made and keep you regularly informed of the progress. I cannot thank them enough or rate them highly enough. Would overwhelmingly recommend, thank you all so much. They certainly dispel any bad ideas people have about estate agents. Do not hesitate in using their services, you will not regret it. Friendly and professional. Wokingham 2016
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      smooth and efficient
      Selling a property on behalf of an elderly parent from overseas had numerous challenges but all of the staff at Michael Hardy made the process as smooth and efficient as could be hoped for. Of particular note was their skills interacting with an elderly seller, their proactive approach to resolving inevitable problems and their excellent line of communication. Highly recommended. Wokingham 2016
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      Ian and the team were very helpful from the outset and offered a very good deal. The house was sold in no time (4 days) and after sale service was exceptional with calls returned instantly if not available straight away. Ian was very proactive in ensuring the sale was completed and was always pushing to ensure everything progressed as smoothly as possible. I can't fault the service provided. Crowthorne 2016
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      An excellent service that would be hard to beat

      An excellent service that would be hard to beat. kept us informed almost every day, regularly chased the whole chain for updates. Negotiated a good deal that both parties were happy with. We were always able to get hold of someone in the office and was impressed about the way the whole team at Wokingham knew what our status was each time I called in for an update. I would highly recommend them. Wokingham 2015

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      The whole team are exceptionally helpful

      The whole team at Michael Hardy are exceptionally helpful and friendly, so it is difficult to single out individuals for particular comment as any phone call is dealt with effectively and efficiently by whoever picks the phone up. All of the team are very knowledgeable of the local property market and sensitive to the needs of both vendors and purchasers alike. Barney is a wonderful first point of contact for vendors and Neal is a great final point of contact as he is extremely adept at keeping all of the parties (including solicitors) in the loop and making the process as clear and smooth as it possibly can be. Wokingham 2015

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      Will definitely choose you again.
      We have bought and sold many properties but our experience with Michael Hardy was by far the most professional and straightforward. The Wokingham team are excellent; knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and always professional. We were totally confident in their ability to sell our house through to completion and they did this with ease. Thank you Michael Hardy, we would strongly recommend you and will definitely choose you again in the future. Wokingham 2014
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      Friendly and very approachable
      Although professional at all the times the team at crowthorne were friendly and very approachable. They gave honest and relevant feedback and we felt put a lot of time and effort into selling our house. They made what could have been a stressful experience, an enjoyable one. Crowthorne 2014
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      Fantastic in helping us through the process
      The property was our first purchase and Michael Hardy were fantastic in helping us through the process. The staff were always on hand to answer questions and more than happy to act as intermediaries between us and the sellers making the whole process painless and as close to enjoyable as a house purchase could be. Wokingham 2014
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      I would recommend wholeheartedly the service of MH
      Selling with Michael Hardy achieved maximum possible price with minimum fuss and inconvenience. Ben Briggs has been a wonderful mediator and agent, reliable, punctual, honest and coherent. Ian, Tracy with whom I've also dealt, have been extraordinary helpful whenever I've needed assistance. In short I would recommend wholeheartedly the service of Michael Hardy, Crowthorne. Crowthorne 2014
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      Very professional and friendly team
      Very professional and friendly team. Provided great guidance and listened to my wishes. Pretty good at matching prospective buyers to what the property offered and very system of reporting feedback. Wokingham 2014
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      An absolutely exemplary service.
      I have recently completed two Flat sales with Michael Hardy in Crowthorne. One in May for Masefield Gardens and one which has just completed in Shaw Park. On both occasions my primary contacts were Ben and Ian and I received an absolutely exemplary service. I have nothing negative to say about the whole process. The team are courteous and professional, knowledgeable and capable but above all personable. It was a real pleasure having Michael Hardy conduct my sales and I would definitely recommend them if you are thinking of doing the same.  Crowthorne 2013

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      Went the extra mile
      Communication was clear throughout the transaction, returned calls when asked to and generally very easy to deal with. Went the extra mile. Crowthorne 2016
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      helpful all the way from offer to completion
      We found Michael Hardy very efficient when buying our new property through them. They were helpful all the way from offer to completion. There was always someone to answer questions or put our minds at rest. We would highly recommend them. Wokingham 2016
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      Excellent at communicating
      Excellent at communicating and they really know the market place. From the viewing to handing me the keys they were very professional. Wokingham 2016
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      helpful and supportive
      Buying our first home was a daunting process but Barney and his team were so helpful and supportive answering any questions. Anyone who picked up the phone was willing to help and email correspondence was frequent and prompt. Would definitely recommend using Michael Hardy. We are now very happy home owners after a very smooth process. Wokingham 2016
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      Very impressed
      This is the first time I've had any dealings with Michael Hardy and I was very impressed with them compared to other estate agents I've dealt with. Whenever I rang with a query about the purchase, everyone I spoke to seemed to be right up to date with what was happening, rather than having to take a message for the primary contact to call me back. Also if I asked a question that they didn't have the answer to then they would find out and actually call me back without me having to chase them. This seems to buck the trend of other estate agents who say they will call you back and never do. I would seriously consider using Michael Hardy if/when I come to sell the property in the future. Wokingham 2015
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      Highly recommended
      We bought a house through the Crowthorne branch of Michael Hardy, and found them to be friendly and professional. Queries were quickly answered, and they were very good at chasing the various parties involved to make sure the sale process went quickly and smoothly. Highly recommended. Crowthorne 2015
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      All members of staff were invaluable.
      Bought through Michael Hardy last year and the service was outstanding. The process went on a lot longer than expected due to setbacks on the sale of my existing property,and the help and advice from all members of staff were invaluable. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell a property in the Wokingham area. Wokingham 2014
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      We will certainly recommend them!
      Michael Hardy have been just been great during the entire process of us buying a house. We both agreed that they have provided a very professional and friendly service, always answering the various queries on time and made sure they were representing well both the vendor and buyer. We will certainly recommend them!  Crowthorne 2014
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      Very friendly and professional
      I am very pleased with my experience with Michael Hardy, especially with the team from Wokingham Office. They were all very friendly and professional. I would recommend buying or selling property in Wokingham through Michael Hardy. I would use them again when I am ready to buy a property in Wokingham next time. Many thanks for all your help and advise. Wokingham 2014
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Shared their local knowledge that was very useful
      Ian, Ben and Tracy , provided excellent service good professional advice and negotiation handling during our purchase of our new home. In addition they obtained prompt responses to a number of questions raised by our solicitor and by ourselves. They shared their local knowledge that was very useful. All in all the Crowthorne team provided exceptional customer service! Crowthorne 2014
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