Tepilo defends its four and five star reviews on Trustpilot

Tepilo, the online agent launched by TV presenter Sarah Beeny, has come under fire for its Trustpilot reviews.

The Daily Mail said that the Tepilo site hid bad reviews “despite a deluge of poor feedback”.

It said that ratings shown on Tepilo were all four or five stars, but that when users visit Trustpilot, there are many less favourable reports, with the mean rating at about 3.6.

However, Tepilo has robustly defended itself.

Yesterday, a spokesperson said: “Our four and five-star reviews are displayed on a web page clearly labelled as testimonials.

“As is the nature of testimonials, these reviews represent the strongest positive comments about the business that we’ve had in the course of selling hundreds of houses already this year, saving each of our customers thousands of pounds in fees.

“We also clearly link to the full set of reviews on Trustpilot for anyone to see. Three-quarters of our reviews are four-star and above.

“Whilst Trustpilot give our site a rating of ‘great’ we would love it to be better, and are working hard in our rapidly growing business to continue to improve our customer experience which we have every confidence will be reflected in future reviews.

“We value all of our reviews and respond to all, investigating and resolving anywhere our customers tell us we have fallen short of our own high expectations.”

Tepilo is the second online agent to refute criticism over its ratings. Purplebricks has also defended itself after suggestions that its Facebook reviews were less positive than its Trustpilot ones.

Beeny set up Tepilo in 2009, originally as a direct for sale by owner platform, before relaunching it as an agent and therefore able to advertising properties on Rightmove.

Yesterday lunchtime on Trustpilot, EYE found after an initial batch of excellent reviews, there was a string of criticisms.

A one-star review from one user said there was total lack of contact unless initiated by the customer, who also claimed that it was only after he paid £780 upfront that he was told it was compulsory to use their conveyancing service.

He concluded: “I expected to have to cover the cost of the photos, floorplan and EPC but the rest is just highway robbery. Tepilo have offered no help since taking my money and think they are using this format of ‘estate agency’ as an internet cash cow.”

Emily@Tepilo responded to say that Tepilo would take the feedback seriously and would investigate the points made.

Another one-star rating was headed: “Little contact and tie you into a hopeless conveyancer.”

A reviewer who gave Tepilo a two-star rating complained of “delays and poor communication”.

Ironically, a review who gave Tepilo a good four-star rating nevertheless complained that “once an offer was received and accepted there was no real management and we had to contact Tepilo ourselves for information regarding the sale and progression. We actually received more information from our vendor’s estate agent . . . Even now we have moved in we have heard nothing from Tepilo and our property still shows as for sale on their website”.

Each review on Trustpilot that we looked at yesterday had a response from Tepilo.

On Tepilo’s own site yesterday, there were one four-star review and three five-star reviews displayed on the home page, one of which said: “I sincerely recommend Tepilo, you receive the support and customer service you need which you need without the unnecessary harassment you would get from a local estate agent trying to meet their sales quota.”

The other reviews on the Tepilo site were all four and five stars.

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9 Comments

  1. Frown Please

    lol. Does not removing stock count as portal juggling?

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    1. Robert May

      No, to portal juggle you have to be able to convince people  that the 50/50 punt on selling your property for 3.1% average below market value (they never mention that fact when telling people to get a valuation off the internet) is worth the gamble because you might save 1% on fees if you do sell ( but have, like all bets, lost your stake if you don’t sell. that bit’s mention but in the small print)

      Not removing your stock is “desperate deception”

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      1. Beano

        As much as this answer made me smile, I dont get the context to portal juggling Robert, am I having a bad day?

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        1. Robert May

          It was reply to Frown please’s question whether leaving stock up was one of the forms of juggling. It isn’t, misrepresenting stock levels with old listings is something the public notice and get bored with very quickly.  A digital version of a sun bleached window card.

           

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          1. Frown Please

            Nice analogy.

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  2. Woodentop

    Having some difficulty is agreeing with Tepilo spokesperson as clearly they are using the best review rating which is misleading if they then agree that if someone does check up, they have poor ratings. No surprise that a company will use “the best” to its advantage but it is misleading if the mean is down to 3.6 and frankly paints the picture many have been saying for along time, the media hype is not what you get with this online agent. It should be made compulsory to use only the “mean rating”.

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  3. Property Paddy

    I think Tepilo are the best at what they do !

    What do they do anyway ?

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  4. PeeBee

    Giving Tepilo some credit where due – pained as I am to do so – there are a lot of far-from-positive reviews on Trustpilot and they have at least attempted to offer some form of response to each and every one I have looked at.

    There was also a smattering of ‘reviews’ that the company has apparently asked be removed/suspended as they were claimed to be in breach of guidelines.

    ‘Emily’ seems like a busy girl – although the ‘reviews’ seem to be dribbling in at the rate of half a dozen a day she’s having to revisit those from way back, as I see several ‘oldies’ being suspended today…

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  5. MF

    Plenty more Tepilo reviews here: http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews243637.html

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