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Under the skin of the letting market

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


Maximising rental income

We have long advocated that a high quality property in a great location will let well. However if you are a landlord who is looking to re-evaluate and enhance your portfolio with the intention of maximising its capital value, upgrading your existing assets could be just as profitable as acquiring new ones, as this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in Oxford exemplifies. The owner – a portfolio client who uses Finders Keepers to let and manage their properties – refurbished the property, resulting in the rent increasing by an impressive 15%.
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The Great British Bike Off

Oxford is a city famous for cycling. Even within Finders Keepers we have a number of keen cyclists from those who cycle as a hobby, to those who commute by bicycle and this summer several of our team enjoyed cycling to appointments on the company bicycle, including the Office Manager of our North Oxford office, Richard Massingham:

“I enjoy cycling a lot and I realised that by cycling to some of my appointments over the summer months I could not only avoid traffic and get to my destination on time, but I was also getting some exercise and feeling much more energised.
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Getting results in a tougher market

Oxfordshire is a resilient area and has withstood a lot of disruption over the years; who would have thought that our letting market would boom when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008? While this has certainly been a fickle year with ongoing Brexit negotiations and a snap election at the start of the summer, Oxfordshire’s future is looking bright with BMW confirming that their Mini E electric car will be built in the UK1 and Harwell Campus announcing an £80 million expansion, bringing 200 jobs and creating a ‘European innovation district’ on the science vale2. That said, Quarter 3 has been varied across our 8 letting offices:


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Our team at Finders Keepers has been working hard this year to raise money for Sobell House Hospice, their charity of the year 2017. So far we have run, cycled, baked, gardened and manned bucket collections and raised a total of £2,543.90.

The hospice serves residents of Oxfordshire, offering physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to those facing life threatening illness, death and bereavement. Their aim is to raise £2million over the next three years to
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Property Intelligence 2017 – SOLD OUT

We are now just over a week away from Property Intelligence, Oxfordshire’s number one property seminar. Finders Keepers began running these seminars to inform and educate our clients on the latest property news, trends and legislation and they are hugely popular with attendees – indeed, this year’s event has sold out a week early!
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Local, personal service

A bad letting agent is not always measurable by the quality of the tenant they produce. A good agent is more likely to have done their due diligence and therefore supply a well referenced, quality tenant. However, a bad letting agent can be good at the letting side and then let you down with the quality of the ongoing management of the property. Our Central Oxford team recently listed a property where the landlord had had this experience elsewhere:
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Local, trustworthy property management

We believe in long term relationships, and in the importance of taking the time to get things right. All of our Property Managers are based in offices local to their properties, each having their own dedicated portfolio of properties. The benefit of this is that they know the history of the property and can build relationships and trust with the landlord, which is at the heart of good service. Property Department Manager Adrian Higgins has been with Finders Keepers since 2007 managing a portfolio of properties in the area. One landlord has been very pleased to have had the same Property Manager for her modern 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in East Oxford for the last 10 years:
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