Pat Santucci and Michelle Man, Tenant, February 2020
Simply put, renting from Walter at WD Real Estate was a joy. Our flat was our haven in London; Walter had it smartly appointed and well maintained when we moved in, and we were able to further furnish to our liking. The leasing process was a breeze: Walter showed us the property in person, he was knowledgeable about the neighborhood, and clearly explained the application process (and the notable lack of fees, which is hugely appreciated in London). Frankly, having a landlord that's easy to work with is as important to me as having a nice flat, and here we were able to tick both boxes.
That continued throughout our lease - any time an issue with the flat arose, it was assessed and rectified nearly immediately. Walter was also extremely flexible when we wanted to make small changes or improvements - Walter was enthusiastic about us getting smart meters installed through our utility providers, and helped out with his detailed knowledge of the flat to ensure the installation went smoothly. All in all, there's no question that if we're ever househunting in the UK again, Walter and WD Real Estate will be our first stop.
Marcus and Adrian Love, Developer, August 2019
We engaged Walter at WD Real Estate last year with an outline brief when we were looking to acquire our first larger development project, having previously carried out various smaller flats refurbishments. At the outset we had a broad brief (outer London, refurbishment/conversion project, budget and target return). We were keen to acquire a project that had minimal initial planning risk which also incorporated an upside scenario.
Walter helped us identify several target areas and to narrow our brief. When viewing the carefully selected properties together, Walter provided invaluable advice and guidance throughout. After refining our specific requirements, he then helped us bid for and acquire two flats in one transaction at significantly below the asking price. He helped negotiate a delayed completion which allowed us to prepare our first two planning applications in advance. This shortened the timescales of the development and increased the return.
WD Real Estate then assisted with budgeting for the construction works and was at hand in case we needed further advice or an introduction to any of his industry connections. Walter also helped us achieve enhanced planning by creating a third flat. Although we carried out the development management role ourselves, Walter has kept in close touch throughout the project. Walter is personable and continually provides excellent advice. We very much look forward to working together on future projects and would happily recommend his services.
Barbara Calvo, tenant, July 2019
We really like this flat and we thank you for all the help and the house maintenance you provided us through the whole year.
Kevin Oswell, tenant, July 2019
Me and my wife decided to move out of the property because we have moved to Dublin as we got better jobs and have a lot of family support over there so we had no choice and we enjoyed staying at the property and thank you for having us as tenants.
Giada Moramarco, tenant, July 2019
Renting in Mole Court was an amazing experience compared to the standard in London. Walter was helpful, organised in every single detail and always available. Really easy and quick to communicate with him. The flat itself is really looked after and we enjoyed staying there for a year.
Molly Lu and Tom Drury, tenant, June 2019
Blythe Road is a cosy, well laid out flat in an excellent part of London. Walter was an extremely amenable landlord who was always eager and prompt to help in any way he could. He was decent and fair in all our dealings with him making our stay in this flat a very pleasant one.
Clarissa Corbisiero, tenant, April 2019
We loved living at Walter’s beautiful country cottage property in Cowbridge. Walter has been a really fair and helpful landlord. Any issues were sorted quickly and he has invested in the property and kept it really well maintained.
Rich Devila & Lindsey Beeman, tenants, February 2019
Walter’s Brook Green flat was great. Well maintained and a great location. Walter was very responsive and available when needed. Would certainly call him again if we decide to move back to London.
Adam Brown, tenant, January 2019
We spent three happy years at Blythe Road. Walter was a fantastic landlord and nothing was too much (or too little) trouble. The flat itself is bright and secure and comfortable. We would recommend Walter as a landlord to anyone.
Thomas Bland, tenant, January 2019
Renting at Waldemar avenue was a very positive and hassle free experience and Walter was always on hand to answer any questions or provide assistance with household problems, which were always resolved in a timely manner. I would certainly recommend WD Real Estate to any future prospective tenants.
Laura Reader, tenant, January 2019
I spent two happy years living in Waldemar Avenue. I can highly recommend Walter as a landlord, he was always very approachable and polite and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Michaela Griffin, tenant, October 2018
Firstly, thank you very much for deciding to return the full deposit. We all loved the flat, it was a great fit for us and it is in a perfect location. Cameron and I were very sad to have to leave, however considering family circumstances, we could not stay. We would both 100% consider re-renting the flat if we ever make the move back to Nottingham. Regarding the testimonial, as I said above, the flat is beautiful, full of natural light and equipped with everything we needed and we loved living there and I am more than happy to leave a glowing review.
Cameron Chopping, tenant, October 2018
Living in the flat itself was great, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the property. White goods were provided which was a bonus for us courtesy of the landlord.
Gary Smith, tenant, June 2018
Only had one problem with my stay in Walton Lane Liverpool and it was rectified very quickly to a high standard. Had no issues with my Landlord who was very professional and polite. 5 stars.
N and J Verma, JACN Property LTD, Investor, May 2018
Last year, when we were considering buying an investment property in London, we were referred to Walter by a friend who thought he might be able to assist us; he did this and so much more! Prior to engaging WD Real Estate, we had a broad brief (London suburbs, refurbishment/renovation project, extend and split potential, min. rental return target, extra potential for capital appreciation due to transport or other structural change in future) and an approximate budget, but little idea as to where to start looking, nor exactly what would be feasible.
Walter provided invaluable advice and assistance to us throughout our engagement, and ensured we stayed on track and avoided several mistakes. He identified several target areas that fit our brief, and selected a series of potential properties for us to view – having been to visit them in person first. His extensive experience and knowledge, excellent understanding of the market, and his ability to identify existing building issues, see potential for improvements and accurately cost these immediately, very quickly gave us a much deeper understanding of each property. This then helped us refine our specific requirements, and finally identify, bid for and successfully buy a house at well below asking price. WD Real Estate then assisted us with specifying required building works (and avoiding unnecessary works/cost), comparative pricing, and the process of getting the property ready for rental – meaning we were able to start renovation works the day after completion. Walter also guided us in the process of appointing agents, finding tenants and successfully letting the property some 5 weeks after purchase. In particular, Walter’s understanding of the complex and ever-changing regulatory framework helped us navigate various pitfalls and avoid any costly mistakes! His attention to detail and sound advice is beyond compare.
Walter has a plethora of highly useful industry connections – estate agents, solicitors, surveyors, mortgage brokers, development finance banks, architects, builders, and materials suppliers – and ensures these are made available to assist with any aspect of a project as necessary.
This was our first project together with Walter and WD Real Estate, but it certainly will not be our last. Walter was a delight to work with and surpassed all expectations in every aspect of the project, from beginning to the end, and then beyond the end of the project.
Emma Robertson, tenant, May 2018
Walter was my first Landlord in London after relocating from Liverpool in April 2014. I loved the little flat in Blythe Road in Brook Green and lived there for 18 months throughout which time Walter was always so easy to deal with and prompt at addressing any concerns or maintenance issues (which were very rare in any case). Even now, years later Walter is kind enough to give rental history references for me and willing to help where he can. Thanks Walter!
Maayan Levain, tenant, April 2018
We enjoyed living in the flat on Batoum Gardens. The landlord was kind and responded to all our requests on time.
Charlie Phipps, tenant, March 2018
I moved into Waldemar Avenue after university, where I had experienced dealing with some horrendous landlords. Walter was a breath of fresh air. Nothing was ever too much trouble and any problems that did arise were dealt with quickly and efficiently. He is professional, kind and genuine and I would most certainly recommend Walter to any future tenant.
Sam Holland, tenant, February 2018
Having spent the last three years living at Court cottage, my family and I have had the most wonderful time, in such a superb and original cottage. We were very sad to leave. I could of not wished for a more excellent landlord with his passion and support over the years, Walter made our time there truly wonderful.
Prina Patel, tenant, November 2017
We loved living at Waldermar Avenue - it was a really lovely area. The flat was really well located for transport and the various local pubs and restaurants. The flat itself was lovely and well looked after and we had only ever had good experiences with Walter as a landlord.
Sam Martin, tenant, June 2017
"I cannot fault Walter as a landlord – he is professional, personable and extremely responsive to any queries raised. The property was maintained to a high standard and any services carried out during my tenancy were undertaken seamlessly and with minimal interruption. I would not hesitate in recommending Walter to a prospective tenant as his services stand out from the crowd".
Francis and Katharine Newman, Investor, May 2017
"We engaged WD Real Estate to find us a flat in London and to assist in negotiating its purchase. Our brief was very specific and with a fixed budget. WD Real Estate were very thorough and professional spending long days with us visiting nearly 30 potential flats. They were efficient, helpful and very patient never pressing a particular purchase just to ‘close the deal’. When we eventually found the perfect flat they were extremely helpful with the negotiation and transaction details. After purchase, some internal alterations were required and they helped provide professional trades people to carry out the alterations. The flat was in a 100 year old warehouse conversion with exposed brick walls, exposed steel beams, 2 balconies and amazing roof top views of London. It was just what we wanted and most importantly they helped us secure the purchase at 12% under the asking price! WD Real Estate have now arranged a letting agent that found a tenant who has agreed to pay 6 months rent in advance above the current rent level when the rental market in this area is saturated with new build flats! We can unreservedly recommend using Walter and his team at WD Real Estate".
Harry and Doina Percival, homebuyer, January 2017
"Walter's help was absolutely invaluable in the process of finding and buying our new house. His insights into the market, his eye for the quality of existing work, and his feel for the potential for improvements, contributed to a much more detailed picture of each property we viewed. Thanks to his help we were able to get through the process much more quickly and efficiently than we would have been able to on our own, and in the end to make a decision that we felt was sound and fully informed".
Dan Heath & Anna Bishop, tenant, January 2017
"We enjoyed living in Batoum Gardens, the landlord was attentive to sort any issues we had promptly. We only left the property due to moving back to New Zealand".
Marc Greener, tenant, August 2016
"I must say that Walter was the perfect landlord, and property manager. He was very conscientious about making sure that my wife and I were happy with the flat, and that him and his team were always able to maintain it in tip top condition for us. During the 18 months that my wife and I lived there we were fortunate enough to have a son, so we're both extremely grateful for how we were afforded such wonderful memories of our first home as a family!".
Sara Carpenter, tenant, June 2016
"Thank you so much for letting me live in your wonderful flat for a year. I've had such a great time and have met some friends for life.
Hayley Kane, tenant, January 2016
"I'd like to say AGAIN (and I'm sure this can be on behalf of everyone) how appreciative we are of everything you have done over the last year. You have made everything so easy and made the flat so enjoyable to live in. I have had some horrible landlords over the years but you are certainly not one of them. So thank you!".
Tom Ground, Investor, January 2016
"Walter did a fantastic job of project managing the design, tendering and build phase of my project. We managed to more than double the floor area of the house and completed the finish to a very high standard for a reasonable budget. Took all the pain out of managing the development".
Annabelle Bent, Foxtons Lettings Manager, January 2016
"I've worked with WD Real Estate over the past four years in renting residential properties in West London and I can always rely on them to ensure that their properties are ready for occupation and in the expected condition. There have never been any nasty surprises and should there be any issues which arise, WD Real Estate have rectified them in timely and friendly manner. Thank you for being a valued client and building a honest, professional relationship with me over the years".
Chris Newman, Spain, Investor October 2015
"I've invested with WD Real Estate over a number of years in the in the residential segment of the London market, and have found that working with them has been both very valuable and fulfilling. Property ownership in London is often complex legally and technically from the point of view of maintenance and refurbishment, and I've always received clear and sensible advice laying out all the various options that are available in clear and concise way. When final judgments and decisions have had to be taken, there are often many permutations of cost, layouts, structure and planning that have to be considered and I have always been more than satisfied with the final outcome".