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The system of property transfer in this country is relatively archaic when compared to those of most other countries. The variety of age and tenure of UK property forms a complex framework on which sit further complications such as easements, rights of way,...

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Real Agents Get More

It’s official – what we’ve suspected all along – a “traditional” estate agent gets sellers more in their pocket than the internet-only alternative. They also secure more viewings and offers! According to research by The Advisory - an independent consumer advice group...

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Christmas Opening Hours 2018

Seasons Greetings from all of us at Oakfield Estates Agents To report ALL maintenance please click on the appropriate link LETTINGS BLOCK MANAGEMENT In the event of an out of hours emergency please call 07887592557. Our opening hours for the Christmas period will be:-...

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BTL Lending Update

Despite turbulence caused by increased taxation and regulation, confidence in the Buy-to-Let sector is being shown by the banks as the number of BTL mortgage products available exceeds 2000 for the first time ever* (Source Moneyfacts). Just two years ago it stood at...

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New Year Sale

As the Christmas holiday season is nearly upon us, many people will start to think about the prospect of moving house early next year. However, as the evenings will still be dark, and the garden remains rather sad, there is usually the feeling that it would probably...

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An Investor’s Dream Market?

With a shortage of new homes being built and interest rates remaining at historically low levels, there has perhaps never been a better time to invest in a property with a view to letting it out. The market opportunity is huge. Mortgages are increasingly hard to...

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Top Autumn Tips

With the clocks having gone back we definitely know that Summer is over, and Winter is on its way.  There are a number of property jobs to bear in mind at this time of year, whether you are marketing a vacant property, managing a rental property, or visiting tenants...

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October Market Comment

From a property perspective, it would appear that the latest budget will not be enough to light November’s fireworks. Nevertheless, overall, it did hint at a surprisingly stable economy, with improved growth prospects and an apparent end to the tighter austerity...

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ARMA Conference 2018

Richard Snatt and Carol Sowter from Oakfield’s Block Management team attended the Annual ARMA Conference in Central London on Thursday 18th October representing Oakfield at the event. The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel put on a fantastic event along with ARMA...

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Clutter Costs!

In the current market, if you are to maximise your price, it is more important than ever to ensure that your property is a highly saleable proposition, rather than one that makes another house look good by comparison. Of course, there are several basics that should be...

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The Accountable Manager

One of the attractions of property as an investment is that it apparently “looks after itself”. In an ideal world, the tenant pays the rent, the rent covers the mortgage, and you the landlord need not be especially involved apart from banking the difference. If only...

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The Courteous Buyer

Most people move house rarely and often have little idea of the etiquette required if the stress of moving is to be minimised. Our job as progressive estate agents is to help buyers and sellers minimise this stress by seeing the world through their eyes and advising...

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Top 10 issues affecting residential landlords – Part 2

Safety requirements Landlords should ensure that the property meets all current safety regulations including Gas, Electrical and Fire and all privately rented properties must have a working smoke alarm on each floor, with carbon monoxide alarms in any rooms that are...

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September 2018 Market Report

If anyone thinks that the confusing political shenanigans of the past few weeks have destabilised the property market, they’d be wrong. If anything, we are seeing more “lubrication” in the market, as sellers realise they’d be foolish to hang on for an overly ambitious...

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Section 21 Changes

In 2015 the Government brought in the Deregulation Act which took effect from 1st October 2015. In brief the Deregulation Act of 2015 brought in the following changes to the lettings industry; New rules to protect Tenants from retaliatory evictions The removal of the...

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How to Interpret a Survey

Buyers clearly need to make informed choices when it comes to deciding which property to buy and at what price, although only about one in five people in England and Wales commissions a survey (source: RICS). However, we find that buyers can be unnecessarily...

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IRPM Seminar 2018

I attended the IRPM Regional Seminar held on Thursday 13th September at the AMEX Stadium Brighton – being a bit of a football fanatic I am a regular visitor of the AMEX and it was very out of the ordinary to go there and not be going to watch football! But it did make...

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First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to selling your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early sale at the best possible price. Most buyers have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and...

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A Proper Inventory

All residential tenancy deposits must by law be protected by being lodged in a government-recognised scheme, such as the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), which is evidence based. This means that the decision to either return or withhold a deposit at the end of a...

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August Anniversaries

August was another busy month of staff anniversaries we celebrated a total of 4 anniversaries. The first anniversary of the month was Carol Sowter a Property Manager in our Block Management department. Carol joined Oakfield a year ago bringing with her a wealth of...

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Zero Deposit

Oakfield Estate Agents are thrilled to announce our exciting new partnership with Zero Deposit. Zero Deposit is an innovative new product aimed at improving the rental process for both Landlords and Tenants. They offer a product where Tenants can purchase a guarantee...

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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Our home satisfies our basic human needs such as sleeping, relaxing, washing, recreation, as well as family time, reading, watching TV, leisure, etc. But it is possibly eating which is the focus of home life. This basic need that punctuates our day provides a social...

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