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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.

Two ways to say ‘Thank you’

They say that there is no such thing as a selfless act. To be truly selfless, the deed must have no effect on the ‘actor’. In 2011, we carried out two ‘acts’ which might not seem selfish on the face of it, but we can’t deny that they made us feel really good. We just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to our customers for renting through us….

Our free bus tour around Oxford

Inviting tenants to something free as a way of saying ‘thank you'

On a Monday morning in early September, we sent an invitation to our tenants, asking them if they wanted to join us on a free bus tour at the end of that month. We had a whole double-decker bus to fill, and we were slightly nervous – would anyone want to take a tour of Oxford with their letting agent?The response was great: within the hour nearly half of the spaces had been reserved, and all 70 spaces were reserved within six hours. It was a real mix of tenants, from single people to families and from people who have been meaning to take the tour for a while now to those who had only arrived in Oxford the previous month!Suitably sign-posted…

So on 24th September a couple of members of the FK team waited – suitably signposted – for our tenants to arrive. With the bus loaded up, we set off on the hour-long tour, learning about the deep history of the city we live in. It was interesting to learn about the city as well as the colleges, and seeing buildings that you ‘see’ everyday from a different viewpoint (the top deck of a bus!) certainly makes you see them differently!

Everyone was very happy as they disembarked

Finders Keepers Movies

Orange Wednesdays…Finders Keepers Tuesdays!

Spurred on by the great buzz of giving away something for nothing, we then hired out a screen at the Phoenix Picturehouse for a night in November and offered the tickets to our tenants FOR FREE. The response to this invitation was phenomenal: all 90 seats reserved within 45 minutes!

The film? The new George Clooney flick, The Ides of March – possibly going some way to explaining the exceptional response to the invitation. Based on a play by Beau Willimon, the story follows an idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Orange Wednesdays…Finders Keepers Tuesdays!

On a chilly Tuesday evening at the end of November a bunch of our tenants met in Jericho for the inaugural Finders Keepers Movies Night. Frank Webster, Director, said: “This evening has all been about giving back to the community. It was a bit unusual and a first for one of the Oxford letting agents – a bit of an experiment really, but I think everybody enjoyed it and hopefully we’ve made some people happy this evening.”

So it turns out giving something away for free is perhaps a little selfish, but we are going to relish this happy feeling while we dream up some new ideas for 2012. Watch this space…and your inbox.