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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.

Monthly Archives: July 2015

North Oxford Roadworks Update

The planned roadworks on the Banbury Road and Woodstock Road to improve the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts are now well under way. The work started on July 21st and is expected to continue for 16 months. Oxfordshire County Council and …
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What rental yield can I achieve on my property?

‘Rental yield’ is probably the most important measurement in residential investment property. It is an indication of the level of return on an investment and is calculated by expressing a year’s rental income as a percentage of how much the …
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Will letting my property affect my mortgage?

In short: Yes, if you decide to let your home and you have a normal residential mortgage, you must let your lender know. If you let the property without telling your lender, you are potentially in breach of contract. This …
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Kingsmere Development Bicester

The Kingsmere development is a large scale new building project on the South side of Bicester, which is well underway with many new homes now available and support facilities open. The site contains houses from multiple different developers, Bovis Homes, …
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The budget fails to tackle the shortage of rental stock

The imbalance between supply and demand is the big theme during Quarter 2 of 2015 in the Oxfordshire letting market. It is the dominant theme for housing in Oxfordshire per se, and customer and market trends in April, May and …
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Automatic planning permission for brownfield sites

“Last week the Business Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled plans whereby developers could get automatic planning permission to build on brownfield sites. This headline came out of the Treasury publication ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a Prosperous Nation’. The document is a …
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How can I increase the value of my property?

Although there are no guarantees, there are numerous ways to improve your property, which should increase its value. Some of the more expensive (but very effective) alterations include converting the loft into a usable room or adding a conservatory to …
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