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Searched, acquired and let on the first viewing

Finders Keepers started out as a search and acquisition service (it’s the “Finders” part of our name) and is something we have continued to offer over the last 45+ years.

At the end of last year one of our Property Managers was talking to a client following an inspection at their North Oxford rental property who mentioned in passing that she was considering investing in another Oxfordshire property. Her Property Manager Simon Lear offered to put her in touch with Inspired Investment, our search and acquisition division, to help her source and purchase the right property, a family home in North Oxford.

Maxine Allington, Inspired Investment Manager, made contact with Mrs Williams – who currently lives abroad – and discussed the criteria for the search. Following this, Maxine created a document detailing six potential properties she had found after her search, which was then emailed to the client. Mrs. Williams then returned to the UK to visit the three properties she liked the look of, and a fourth ‘wildcard’ which had come up in the interim. Two properties stood out from the shortlist: the wildcard, and a rare brand new North Oxford family home.

She wanted to proceed with the family home: a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom semi-detached house in a quiet Summertown road in North Oxford. The property has a stunning open-plan kitchen/dining area with sliding doors leading to the private garden (which has a large wooden decked area by the river). Maxine dealt with the negotiations and was able to secure a substantial discount on the purchase.

As the client lives overseas, Finders Keepers collected the keys on completion (a Friday). A viewing was booked for the Saturday prior to completion with a great family who were already in touch with our North Oxford letting team. They were looking to move from London for their children to attend a North Oxford school and they liked the location of this property being close to the school but also a short walk from Summertown shops, restaurants and amenities. The added bonus was the proximity from Oxford Parkway with direct trains to London. The let was agreed on the Monday.

To be kept up to date with the latest opportunities or to start your search, call Maxine on 01865 302314 or email

“Thank you, again, for all of your help, support, and professionalism in this search and resulting purchase, we are both very excited about it. I hope that we get to do it again sometime!” Mrs. Williams, Inspired Investment Client