Estate agents like David St James give the industry a bad name. They will ask for a holding deposit of £500 so that you get first choice on a property. The property then 'surprisingly' falls through and then best of luck trying to get your deposit back! We paid the deposit in November and after just over 4 months have recieved the money back. It only took endless phone calls, emails, letters and a threaten of legal action to make this happen. A complete disgrace.