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Agency sorry after email about home that "didn't look like much"

Savills has apologised to a potential client who accidentally received emails between agents saying one was “lumbered” with an enquiry about a home coming to the market which “didn’t look like much.”

The Shropshire Star reports that vendor Alan Williams, from Wellington, was accidentally copied into an email discussion between two Savills agents.

It appears the vendor felt his Midlands home could be purchased by London buyers, so initially made an enquiry with one of Savills’ offices in the capital; but his enquiry was forwarded back to a local agent, and when they responded, the client was able to see the comments made by the London agent who passed on his details.


One part of an email read: “Sorry to lumber this on you, it was sent for reasons explained in the email. No idea what it might be like but instinct tells me it won’t be great.”

The newspaper says the vendor has received an apology from the company but would not be instructing it on the sale of his home. 

“It was sent to me in error as part of a reply from the local branch of Savills, I doubt it was intended for me to see. The narrator of the forwarded email from London has since telephoned me to humbly apologise although he gave no explanation as to the context or its belittling meaning” says Alan Williams.

“Although I received several other emails, no one seemed to pick up on the actual points made but only suggested that whatever I wanted the Telford branch would help me out.”

A spokeswoman for Savills told the newspaper: “Whilst we cannot comment directly on client matters, we can assure you that we do not take this matter lightly and will be in contact to apologise.”

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    So much for large corporates with a London presence helping optimistic rural vendors to find a wealthy London buyer who doesn't bother to look at comparable local pricing. The bounders.


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