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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.

Quarter 2 — Applicant volition conquers coalition uncertainty

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The Oxfordshire letting market is busy and landlords should be making hay while the sun shines.

The copious noise (General Election, new Prime Minister, new Housing Minister, new Housing policies, Emergency Budget and Bloemfontein heartbreak) has not deterred applicant demand. However, our 6-12 month outlook is tempered by the communal budgetary pain which the country is expected to shoulder. As ever, the truth is in the detail as each town has its own micro-climate: be wary of lazy generalisations. Enough preamble: here is some detail across 8 letting and management offices in Oxfordshire for April, May and June 2010:
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The domino effect with our East Oxford office

New tenants of a 4 bedroom family home in Wheatley will be moving into their new home this week.

The property was built in 1926 and has been owned by the female members of the same family since new and was passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter.
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Finders Keepers Tapeball Tournament 2010


Finders Wicket Keepers v. Six Appeal

On Sunday 4th July a very important sporting event took place. Not the Wimbledon final, but the FK Tapeball Tournament 2010, held at Horspath Cricket Club.
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We love when our tenants become landlords

Our Witney office recently helped two tenants to become landlords.

A lovely couple needed to move to a larger property after the birth of their baby girl. We found them a 3 bedroom family house to rent in Witney, giving them more space than their 2 bedroom apartment,
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Two small bits of news illustrating Oxfordshire’s strengths

Many of you reading this are probably fortunate enough to be linked to Oxfordshire in some way.

Two small bits of news caught our eye this morning and together they illustrate the ferocious brains trust which lives inside county lines.

One is a story about a new type of low carbon car, launched by the Ashmolean:

The second is a health story about some advances in the understanding of Type 2 Diabetes formation:

It is easy to forget the strengths of Oxfordshire as a place to both live and invest in.

The importance of having an electrical safety report

Our landlord in South Africa was delighted to receive confirmation that her insurance company has forwarded money for ‘loss of rent’ and ‘emergency repairs’ following the unfortunate fire at her property. The fire, which rendered the house uninhabitable, was caused by the overheating of the external electric supply with the integral garage and bedroom above taking the brunt of the damage.
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Two more awards – great news for our team and our clients!

Our silver award for “Best Medium Lettings Agency”

Oxford letting agents, Finders Keepers, won two awards at this week’s Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards. We won silver in both “Best Medium Lettings Agency” and “Best Property Management”.

What did the judges say?

Best Medium Lettings: “Having opened nearly 40 years ago as an acquisition service, they expanded into property management following client requests and have adhered to this philosophy of expansion and following client feedback ever since. Offering a vast range of services, Finders Keepers truly is a “one stop shop” for lettings services, all of which are of an exceptional standard. Well respected in the local area, they are strongly committed to helping local causes both in terms of fundraising and hands on involvement. A fantastic all round agency who work to their strengths.”

Best Property Management: “Finders Keepers demonstrate an attention to detail which enables them to work with high quality tenants and landlords….Clients are assured they can reach a representative of Finders Keepers at all times (including midnight on New Year’s Eve) for any maintenance issues and it was apparent that the entire staff are passionate about the company and strive to provide the best possible service for their clients. The detail on the check-out notes was impressive and clients are allocated a designated property manager enabling all involved to build a strong relationship and enjoy exemplary communication.”