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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.


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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What’s going on in Oxfordshire: Family-fun activities this bank holiday weekend

While it’s been an incredibly warm summer, the most recent weather changes have indicated that it’s time for the school year to begin again. However, the fun isn’t over quite yet as the bank holiday weekend is coming up. Here are our recommendations for family-fun activities in Oxfordshire.


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What causes the summer letting wave?

The letting market is seasonal, with the ‘busy period’ running from May into August. The same is true every year: these months form the crest of the letting wave, with enquiries surging across these months (see graph). But why does this happen across the Oxfordshire letting market?

Enquiries 2017 – Indexed to 100


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Let on the first viewing

Letting a property on the first viewing could be negative if the let is agreed with the first person through the door simply in order for the agent to earn their commission. At Finders Keepers we can proudly say that ‘let on the first viewing’ is a positive as it is down to hard work and careful matching. Our letting team is not paid on commission. We understand that finding the right tenant works out better in the long run; fewer property management problems from tenants who were unhappy from the start and hopefully fewer tenancies for the landlord as happy tenants tend to stay longer. Over the last couple of weeks we have let several properties on the first viewing. Here are just a few examples.


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