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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.


Remember, remember the 5th November!

Bonfire night, Guy Fawkes night, Fireworks night…however you like to refer to it, the event will be celebrated across the country over the next couple of weeks.

Bonfire night is traditionally celebrated throughout Britain to commemorate the capture of Guy Fawkes who, as part of a group of 13 men called the conspirators, plotted to blow up the houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder to do away with the Government.
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Oxford Half: not just for runners!

Sunday 14th October 2018 was a beautiful, crisp autumn day and as I lined Parks Road alongside hundreds of other spectators cheering on colleagues finishing the Oxford Half, I thought “it would be great to get more of the team supporting this event next year and doing our bit.” Back at the office on the Monday, I contacted Virgin Sport to volunteer a team to help at the water stand in the 2019 race. Fast forward a year and 15 of our team members were standing in the pouring rain in Marston at 7.30am – not exactly the beautiful autumn morning
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Price is what you pay, value is what you get

Good income, good tenants and good service. That’s what landlords want, and it’s what we have been delivering for over 45 years now. Many agents claim to offer this, and sometimes for a small fee, but this unfortunately turns out not to be true most of the time. In recent months our Central Oxford office has helped out many landlords who had listed their properties with other agents who had quoted lower fees. Here are two examples:
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Business not as usual

 

It may feel an overstatement to describe 2019 as ‘extraordinary’, but it really has been an uncharacteristic year in terms of the Oxfordshire letting market. Across the county we’ve had weeks with lets into double figures followed by a week of little commitment from applicants. However, our letting teams continued to work hard to update and advise their landlords on a weekly basis, which has resulted in 627 lets this quarter – an increase of 4.7% on 2018. Here we look at trends from our eight offices across the county:
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Property Intelligence 2019

The 10th Annual Property Intelligence

Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute, September 2019

Since 2009 Finders Keepers has run an annual property seminar to educate and inform their clients about the latest trends and issues facing the property industry. This year we celebrated our 10th year of this flagship event, hosting at the impressive Mathematical Institute in Oxford.
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Lost in compliance fog?

Did you know that there are around 145 laws, and over 400 regulations that need to be followed to legally let a property in England1? Did you also know that, at present, anyone can operate as a letting agency without any qualifications or professional oversight?
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One Week To Go!

 

The name badges are being printed, the slides are being tidied up, the presenters are busy rehearsing…we are looking forward to welcoming over 175 people to the 10th Property Intelligence seminar on 11th September!

This annual seminar is intended to educate and inform our clients on the property market; Oxfordshire’s economy; legislative changes impacting
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