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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.


Category Archives: The Letting Market and our unique Quarterly Reports

Housing Market September 2011

Given the state of the economy you may not be surprised to learn that the UK housing supply is falling back. The latest RICS housing market survey, just published, highlights three key trends. House prices on balance, continue to decline. …
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Mixed messages as the summer peak passes

On one level this report has been like a stuck record for the last 12 quarters, saying “While the world / Greece / Europe / the City implodes… the Oxford lettings market is holding up  (surprisingly) well.” The same record …
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A landlord’s ‘gap year’

Penny Costley-White on her adult gap year volunteering in South Africa   “Earlier this year I rented out my cottage in Wytham, through Finders Keepers, to volunteer at the Tertiary School in Business Administration at Karatara in the Western Cape. …
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Frank Webster – Media Man

Frank Webster prepares before being taken in to the studio at BBC Oxford   This year Frank Webster has become a regular contributor to both BBC Radio Oxford and The Sunday Times. He feels strongly about presenting the letting industry …
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Furnishing holiday rentals

Do you have holiday letting properties punching under their weight? As the ‘Stay-cation’ increases during the recession, the UK holiday home market is becoming more competitive. Owners and developers are investing in top-quality furnishings to capture the best bookings and …
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Creativity as a competitive advantage for a letting agent

“Finders Keepers must have a factory of ideas in one of its offices” Sunday Times Judges Report, June 2011 You could say that our recent Gold for Innovation at the Sunday Times Awards in June has been a long time …
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More people qualified than any nearby agent

Commitment to Qualifications   An excerpt from the April/May edition of Agreement, the magazine of ARLA (our trade body)   Celebration: 40 newly qualified staff members are given a resounding ‘well done’ at the annual staff meeting