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Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


The early bird catches the worm


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At Finders Keepers we ‘live’ by three company values: expert, scrupulous and dynamic. Our expertise comes from decades of experience in letting Oxfordshire properties and our rigorous training.Our processes and systems back up our scrupulousness alongside an ingrained desire to do a good job. Our third value is more about that ‘spark’ in our team; lateral thinking and being energetic to proactively trying to help landlords and tenants.

Our Witney team’s dynamism manifested itself in a brilliant let recently. An existing landlord approached us as they were renovating a derelict barn near Woodstock. The property is pretty rural save for a couple of neighbouring properties – one of which we also let out. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with a large living room and separate kitchen/breakfast room. Although it is in a countryside location there is excellent access to Woodstock and Oxford.

We carried out the valuation and at the same time we were working with some applicants who were looking for a rural property but with modern features. We showed them a property near Stonesfield, which they liked and wanted to apply for. Unfortunately, the owner had to withdraw the property from the market for personal reasons meaning that these applicants were back to square one in their search. Letting Department Manager Paul Thomas felt that the barn conversion near Woodstock was a perfect match for these applicants and so contacted the owner to ask if they would entertain a viewing on the property before we listed it on the market.

We showed the couple around the property and they loved it; the rural location was exactly what they were after and the newly refurbished interior was ideal for their high standards. Their offer was accepted on the same day and the tenancy began a week and a half later. The landlord was delighted that we had found great tenants so promptly and was impressed that we had proactively contacted them to request a viewing on their property because we had found the ideal tenants.

Paul Thomas, Letting Department Manager commented:

“It was a shame when this couple missed out on a property as they were really great applicants. I knew the barn conversion I had seen would be perfect for them but we weren’t formally listing it yet. I made the call to the landlord and within a few days the deal was tied up – everyone is delighted!”

If you need an agent who is expert, scrupulous and dynamic call us today on 01865 302302.