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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.

The Comprehensive Spending Review an Oxfordshire Letting Agent’s view

The Comprehensive Spending Review has been comprehensively reviewed by journalists and analysts, and no doubt you have been reading, watching and listening.
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Quarter 3 – A busy summer of short supply and increasing rents

Download our Q3 quarterly report (pdf) 

The weight of ‘9/11’ means we naturally overlook ‘9/15’ and so the second anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy passed quietly a few weeks ago. However, 9/15’s repercussions are still pervasive as the Oxfordshire rental market illustrates. In the past two years the supply of private rental stock has swung greatly in the wake of the financial “meltdown”. We discuss this and other trends from Quarter 3 across eight specialist letting offices:

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Now that’s teamwork!

A new tenant came to the office to pay their first account at 11am on Friday morning, as they were due to move in the following day. Whilst in the office he mentioned
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A pinch of Channel 4 salt

There was a 5 minute piece on buy-to-let investors by Faisal Islam on the Channel 4 News last night.

We’re great fans of all things Jon Snow and the Channel 4 News, but the report last night lacked balance and was – albeit in a polished, suit-and-tie Channel 4 sort of way – more sensationalist than it needed to be.
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The tide is turning…

Town centre redevelopment is delayed again

We went through the doldrums across the summer with a general shortage of stock of rental property. Over the last few weeks the tide has definitely turned and the phones have been red hot with people ringing up with houses to rent in Oxfordshire.
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Overjoyed to have won another award

We are absolutely thrilled to have won a National Training Award (NTA) at yesterday’s ceremony in Oxford’s historic Town Hall.
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Water, water everywhere

Not many lettings agents in Banbury have a 24/7 emergency line. In fact, not many letting agents anywhere have a 24/7 emergency line which is manned by one of the agency’s property managers. But Oxford letting agents, Finders Keepers, have exactly this: an emergency line which is genuinely manned by one of our locally-based property managers. This allows for any genuine emergencies to be dealt with swiftly and efficiently. One of our tenants phoned our 24-hour helpline to report that water was leaking from his WC at night. Our emergency plumber attended and  
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