BLOG

Getting Rentals Right

Just as anyone can open up an estate agency, so they can also start up a lettings business, without any training, experience or qualifications. This should concern landlords, because there is far more to the business than meets the eye. In some ways, finding a tenant...

read more

Unraveling Deposit Confusion

One of the property terms that can be confusing is the word “deposit”, especially among first-time buyers who have previously been renting. For example, consider this statement: “When Jake got his deposit back he had enough for his deposit, although this was not...

read more

Marketing Review

If your rental property is currently on the market awaiting a tenant, it may be tempting to assume that your agent is in full control of the situation, and that sooner or later a tenant will materialise. But don’t be so sure! Sometimes an agent will take the same view...

read more

January 2018 Market Comment

Is the property market up or is down? This month, more than ever, the answer depends on who you speak to. For example, according to the Land Registry, a total of 850,281residential properties were sold during 2017, which is a clear 14.6% fall on 2016 (although still...

read more

Defects And Disputes – Should I Disclose Them?

  When selling your home it is natural to want to show its best aspects to prospective buyers, whilst minimising anything that might put them off.  However, not only is the law clear on disclosure, but an honest approach can help to secure a sale and reduce the...

read more

EPC Regulation Changes

The Government announced in July 2017 changes to EPC rules preventing Landlords from renting out inefficient homes, in April of this year these changes take effect. As of April, all homes in the private rental sector must have a minimum energy performance certificate...

read more

Should We Extend?

We are often invited to advise local homeowners on the expected “uplift” in the value of their property if they make certain alterations. On the surface, it is logical to assume that an extension will add significant value to your property, and this is often the case....

read more

What about the Children

Showing your home to prospective purchasers can be stressful enough, but children add an extra dimension and their needs should be considered. Moving house might be logical and exciting for an adult, but the fear of the unknown can be upsetting for children. That room...

read more

Welcome Back Charlotte

Oakfield Estate Agents are delighted to welcome Charlotte Osborne back to our team in the Eastbourne branch. Charlotte originally joined Oakfield in 2014 but at the start of 2017 she took a year’s sabbatical to travel around the world with her Fiancé. She has now...

read more

Improvements You Can Take With You

We all know that home improvements often increase the value or saleability of your home, but whilst most improvements enhance a property, they generally stay with it when it is sold. However, there are improvements you can make that will not only maximise your home’s...

read more

Showing Buyers Around (Part One)

Some estate agents claim that the seller is the best person to show a property to prospective purchasers. However, apart from the inevitable awkwardness of inviting strangers into your home, there are sound reasons why good estate agents prefer to accompany buyers...

read more

2017 Christmas Party and Awards

On Saturday 9th December Oakfield held our annual Awards presentation and Christmas party evening at Bannatyne Hotel in Hastings. The evening commenced with a brief overview of the year before moving onto the always much anticipated awards! Following this we joined...

read more

December 2017 Market Report

2018 turned out to be a politically turbulent year, but a somewhat lacklustre one for the property market, once again demonstrating the resilience of the British when it comes to home ownership. Indeed, the latest report from LSL revealed that average house prices...

read more

Showing Buyers Around – Part Two

Some people feel that houses should be able to “sell themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by estate agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional homes, or where achieving the optimum price is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a...

read more

Removal Planning

Despite the effort that goes into preparing a property for sale, many people overlook the impact of good removal planning, and often leave the packing to the last moment. Here are a few suggestions that we hope will help you avoid some of the anxieties many people...

read more

Deciding on Price (Part Two)

Establishing an accurate asking price that will optimise your chances of selling at the highest likely price within a reasonable timescale is both an art and a science, particularly during a time when buyers are especially price sensitive. Estate agents’ valuations...

read more

Market Comment – November 2017

This November has seen both an increase in interest rates and the abolition of SDLT (Stamp Duty) for first time buyers up to £300,000. Certainly the nominal 0.25% interest rate increase is unlikely to cause most homebuyers a problem. However, this first rate rise in a...

read more

Deciding On Price (Part One)

Whatever anyone might say about location, condition, proximity to schools, size, etc., it is the price at which a property is initially marketed that is the key to a successful sale. But emotions often cloud good judgement. The chance to secure a high price can prompt...

read more

Budget Comment – SDLT removal is good news for sellers!

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the removal of SDLT (Stamp Duty) on all sales to first time buyers under £300,000 in his autumn statement. This is clearly great news for first time buyers, especially those paying the full £300,000, who pocket...

read more

Christmas Opening Hours

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...

read more

Is A “For Sale” Board Really Necessary?

Clients often ask us if a board will significantly improve their chances of selling, especially as the majority of (but not all) buyers source property online. Some sellers feel that a board risks “overexposure”, or they don’t want their neighbours to know they are...

read more

“Sole Agency – Twelve Tips for Better Results!”

We understand how stressful it can be to sell your home, and it is reasonable that prospective sellers may be tempted to appoint two or more agents in the hope of increasing their chances of selling. However, this can be counter-productive, for the following reasons:...

read more

“A Winter’s Sale?”

There are many reasons why people put off selling their property at this time of year in the belief that there could be a better time to do it: it’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too dark, the house is not looking its best, school holidays, Christmas, New Year, etc. At...

read more

Interest Rate Rise – Market Comment

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has just announced a rise in the Bank of England base rate of 0.25% - the first increase in over a decade. The base rate is the figure on which mortgage rates in particular are based and a whole generation of aspiring...

read more