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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.


Is Your Agent Qualified?

David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark photographed with our 77 Level 3 and Level 4 qualified team members

 

At our most recent staff meeting we were delighted to be joined by David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark. We are committed to ensuring our people are always up to date with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide our clients with the best advice and service. With the impending tenant fee ban expected in 2019 we invited David Cox to come and talk our team through the proposed details of the ban to continue furthering their knowledge on one of the most pertinent topics in our industry today.
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Where Can I Watch the Fireworks in Oxfordshire?

Where can I watch the fireworks in Oxfordshire this weekend?

We are delighted to help you plan your weekend and decide where to go to see a fireworks display this weekend.  We have listed just some of the many places around Oxfordshire that will be displaying the fireworks and bonfire night:
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An Empty Property Earns You Nothing: We Can Help

Well, that’s not strictly true; an empty property not only earns no income but it actually costs you money when you consider you have to cover council tax and utility bills while it is unoccupied. Not only that, but if you are trying to sell a vacant property you need to consider
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Stand out from the crowd: join ‘The List’

If you are a student letting landlord then you’ve just got time to ensure your property is included in 2018’s The List.

It’s our comprehensive student letting directory of the best properties in Oxford and is so hotly anticipated by students that we let around 85% of the properties in it within the first four days of release.

Act now to secure a tenant for the next academic year.

Call Alec on 01865 260111 to get your student property on The List.

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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