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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.

Let on the first viewing

At Finders Keepers we can proudly say that we let many properties on the first viewing thanks to hard work and careful matching, because 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.

Recently we have let several properties on the first viewing across our offices. Here are just a few examples:

We were instructed on a brand new 2 bedroom terraced house just outside of Banbury. We marketed the property at £895pcm and within a week we had booked a viewing with a professional couple who both work in Banbury town centre. They liked the modern property and the enclosed garden as well as the excellent nearby amenities and easy access to the town centre so they applied immediately. The landlord is very happy and was impressed that we let her property on the first viewing.

In central Oxford we were instructed on a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment near the Said Business School. We listed the property at £1,375pcm and sent the details to applicants whose search criteria it matched. Within the week a let was agreed after we had shown the apartment to a professional couple; they were relocating to Oxford for work but one of them needed to commute to London. This property – a short walk from the train station – was ideal for both of them. They applied right away and the landlord was very pleased, commenting that we had “restored his faith in agents” following a bad experience with another Oxford agent.

A 2 bedroom house in Appleton

In the same week we were instructed on an immaculately presented modern 2 bedroom house in Appleton. We marketed the end of terrace house at £950pcm and within two days we had let it. Upon instruction, our letting team in Witney sent the details to a professional couple who were looking for a modern property in a village. We showed them the property the next day and they applied straight away as it met their needs exactly. Now the tenancy has started and the landlord is absolutely delighted.

If you need a great, well-matched tenant for your property then call us on 01865 302302.