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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.


Finders Keepers wins at the Best Estate Agent Guide Awards

We are delighted to have won the silver award for Best Medium Lettings in our region at the Best Estate Agent Guide.

On Friday 12th October, hundreds of letting and estate agents from across the UK attended the Best Estate Agent Guide Awards where the winners were revealed and presented with their awards by Gabby Logan (below), one of the UK’s leading broadcasters.
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Struggling to sell?

The housing market is slowing as sales recently fell to their weakest level in five years1. Across Oxfordshire we have seen a rise in the number of people contacting us because they have decided to let the property as they have failed to sell.

Slow sales market
When most people move home they sell their current property to facilitate the move. However, when the sales market is slow
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A less predictable market requires flexibility

Quarter 3 (July, August, September) is the ‘busy period’ in letting but this year the market has been more nuanced with some weeks buzzing and then some being quieter for no obvious reason. For example, our Witney office listed a 3-bedroom semidetached house which had little interest for a few weeks before having five viewings and receiving five offers within one week. However, overall there has been plenty of demand and we have worked hard to achieve more than 600 lets this quarter1. We have advised our clients on market conditions in each of our eight office areas to make sure tenants are successfully secured and helping them to minimise void periods.

‘Tis the season
It is typical to see a lot of larger properties
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Listening, Learning, Letting

 

Listening, Learning and Letting

We always get to know our applicants before even booking a viewing. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time and we actually think it’s a more efficient use of our time; the more we know about our applicants the more time we can spend showing them the most suitable properties. Our Banbury office perfectly demonstrated this theory recently when they let a stunning 4 bedroom house to tenants who had already viewed an incredible 27 properties elsewhere.
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Finders Keepers Charity Shoot 2018

Finders Keepers has hosted several charity clay target shoots since 2011, raising money for various charities, such as Maggie’s, The British Heart Foundation and Breast Cancer Care. This year we are holding the shoot to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Always one of our more popular events, it’s open to everyone regardless of shooting experience or ability. There are two categories to take part in:
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The fourth emergency service?

At Finders Keepers we pride ourselves on being property management experts. Our teams are qualified, based locally to the properties they manage, look after the full tenancy lifecycle (from check-in to check-out) and are on call 24/7/365. Thanks to this ‘hands-on’ approach to managing landlords’ properties, we are sometimes called upon as the fourth emergency service.


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Property Intelligence 2018

Over 135 spaces already booked!

Oxfordshire’s number one property seminar will take place in Oxford on Wednesday 12th September this year. These events began as a ‘benefit’ for our clients with a view to providing insight on important topics, and we are delighted that they attract around 150 clients each year.
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