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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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August 2018 Market Comment

As we move from a scorching summer to a cooler autumn, will the property market return to “normal”? Certainly the latest HMRC figures indicate a positive outlook, with a 0.3% increase in the number of transactions over last year. That’s not bad considering increased...

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Airbourne comes to Eastbourne

Airbourne takes over Eastbourne this weekend! The weekend is a certainly a favourite amongst the residents of the town and people travel from miles to attend the weekend and see the air show. We have the full low down of what films are being shown, the flying schedule...

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Smoke Alarms

Responsible landlords have always ensured the safety of their tenants. However, did you know that under The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 it is a legal requirement for most tenanted properties to have a smoke alarm fitted in any room used...

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Neighbours

When investing in a property, you are not only buying bricks and mortar, but also the immediate surroundings, which are significantly influenced by your neighbours. Good neighbours can help sell a house and boost its value, whilst bad ones can knock as much as 10% off...

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Interest Rate Rise Aug 2018

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has just announced a rise in the Bank of England base rate of 0.25% - only the second increase increase in over a decade. Whilst the 0.75% base rate is now the highest it has been since 2009, it is still historically low...

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Keep Your Tenant – Part 2

02In this second part of our two-part series on how to keep maximise your rental yield by ensuring that your tenants stay – thereby avoiding any possible void periods or additional expense in seeking a new tenant. One of the main reasons why people move out is because...

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Happy Anniversary

We love a work anniversary at Oakfield Estate Agents and July has been a busy month for them with three to celebrate. Bethany Mallett in our Block Management team celebrated her first anniversary with Oakfield, Beth is an Administrator and has had a fantastic first...

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July 2018 Market Comment

The heat is on! Or rather, it has been for the past few months of the glorious summer we have been enjoying. But is the heat on, or off the property market? Here at Oakfield Estate Agents we have seen consistently strong sales over the summer, although the national...

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A Feeling of Space

Whilst some people consider the relative square metreage of every property they see, many people’s perceptions of space are more visual despite the fact that spaciousness is often a priority and invariably comes at a premium. So if you are selling, it’s worth making...

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Keep your Tenant – Part 1

A buy to let investment should ideally deliver impressive returns with minimal stress and these two objectives are most readily maximised when your property is occupied by a reliable long term tenant. Too many letting agents simply sign up the first tenant who comes...

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Buy To Let 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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Leaving

We all know that moving can be stressful. Good estate agents who have moved house themselves should be able to minimise this wherever possible by anticipating many of the needs of buyer and seller alike. However, even though the seller has the same primary objective...

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Wimbledon

The thwack of tennis balls, the clink of a cup of tea and the slurp of a sucked strawberry are sounds that are synonymous with the perfect English summer – weather permitting of course. It seems that everyone in this area enjoys the Wimbledon season as a sporting...

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June Market Comment

The national housing market paints a picture of the “summer doldrums” with mortgage approvals for house purchases at their lowest this year and 23.3% below their long-term average. The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has also been advised that, by the end...

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Time for You

Selling your property is easy. Just advertise it online and wait for the buyers to flock to your door!! If only! Sadly, too many estate agents rely on this approach, which inevitably results in disappointment. Indeed, in some respects, finding the buyer is actually...

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What property ladder?

During the boom years, if you were minded to move house you simply got on and did so! Any delay in moving up in a rising market could prove expensive as the property you were buying would inevitably have appreciated more in cash terms that the one you were selling....

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