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Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


The UK’s Best Letting Agent…Wow!


In May we won four Golds at the Sunday Times Awards, including the prize for the best overall Letting Agent of the Year. Director Frank Webster describes his surreal but fantastic day.

“I have attended the Awards for some years now, either as a hopeful entrant or part of the morning seminar on the panel of experts – I’ve also been a judge (for the Estate Agency Awards) – and each year the standard and number of entries have increased significantly.“I had no expectations that Finders Keepers would come away with anything this year. Indeed, I had booked my return train ticket for immediately after the event!

“But as the various categories were announced by 4 x Olympic Gold medal rower Matthew Pinsent and he started to announce in those inimitable words “and the winner is…Finders Keepers”, fellow entrants from numerous tables (slightly tipsy from the afternoon’s alcohol consumption!) dared to suggest to Simon and me, after we had been up on stage to collect our third category award of the night, that FK was going to win the overall award! “No way,” said I. “We’re chuffed to bits with the three awards we’ve picked up so far, and there are some really good agents here.”

“Deep down, I genuinely did not think we would win any further accolades that day. It was a massive shock when Matthew announced the final award of the evening, “and the overall winner of the Best UK Lettings Agency is (drum roll…) FINDERS KEEPERS…!”

“…and there we were again going up on to the stage for a fourth time to collect the large silver cup and the award for the UK’s Best letting Agent. After countless people came up to congratulate us and various press interviews, plus the post award party, jubilant but exhausted, Simon and I made our way to the train station to head home carrying four award plaques’ and a huge silver cup.

“A huge thank you to all our customers, partners and staff who make this kind of success possible.”