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March 2019 Market Report

Sensation sells! The press is having a field day with all sorts of Brexit-related headlines and claims about how the current state of confusion is negatively impacting on the housing market. The reality is that latest figures published by respected sources support our...

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Easy Pancakes

Pancake day is upon us and I think we would all agree it is one of the best days of the year! What other day is it acceptable to eat Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner? Are you making pancakes today? If so, follow our Easy Pancake recipe… Ingredients 100g plain...

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Bexhill U11’s Football Team

We are delighted to share with you all that Oakfield have recently become proud sponsors of the Bexhill Under 11's Football Team. The team approached Oakfield to see if we would be interested in sponsoring the team and providing them with their kits and tracksuits for...

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Congratulations Hannah!!

Hannah Namvar, Branch Partner of our Hastings branch has now passed her Level 3 Technical Award Residential Lettings and Property Management. Passing the exams means Hannah is now a qualified member of arla propertymark (Association of Residential Letting Agents)....

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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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The Right People

Despite the fact that many people regard estate agents as more or less the same, there are in fact numerous selection criteria on which to judge the good from the bad, and the exciting from the mildly indifferent. For example, there are many services and innovations...

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February Market Comment

It’s a funny old thing, the British housing market. Just when you might expect the political uncertainty prompted by the “B” word to dull the market further, it leaps! That’s the way things look from where we’re standing anyway! Not only have we experienced an...

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Meeting your Tenant

Although a good letting agent will of course expect to accompany prospective tenants who want to view your investment, and are trained to maximse the opportunity, there is a lot to be said for you being there too! For example, a tenant who has met the landlord is much...

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Portfolio Landlords

There are landlords and there are landlords. Some are what we call “accidental” landlords, who decided to let their property as an alternative to selling. Others are somewhat inadequately regarded as “amateur” landlords, who have a single investment property. However,...

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Prime Marketing

There’s more to property marketing than meets the eye, especially when it comes to the sale of prestigious city homes and fine country residences. Many people are unaware of just how close the agent/vendor relationship needs to be if the property is to be marketed...

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January Market Comment

The media would have us believe that the property market is nursing a New Year’s party hangover. Certainly the issues that influenced the market during 2018 remain, such as Brexit-related confusion, lack of supply and affordability problems for first time buyers. And...

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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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Working from Home

The average person spends about 15,000 hours commuting between home and office during their lifetime! As a consequence, over 7% (2 million) of the working population are estimated to work from home at least one day a week, thereby reducing wasted time, stress, and...

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Beware of the sub-let

An unfair quirk in the law can leave landlords substantially out of pocket, as highlighted by the recent case of Cheryl Roux, the former wife of Michelin star chef Albert Roux. A bogus tenant, introduced by a fake London letting agency, rented Mrs Roux’s £5m...

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Dining Room

The trend away from formal entertaining has accelerated in all but the highest echelons of society. Yet most older homes were built to a style that demands that we eat away from the utilitarian kitchen. So what happens now? Tremendous advances in kitchen design means...

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Block Management Instructions

December is off to a great start for our Block Management department, with the addition of three new buildings to manage! In the last week we have taken over the management of Wallington Towers which is a block of 28 flats in Bexhill. They have recently acquired the...

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December Market Report

As we approach the end of the year we find ourselves in politically turbulent times, with the Brexit debate continuing to undermine confidence, but only slightly. Certainly there are some scary concepts being tabled, not least the Governor of the Bank of England...

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Regulation Overload

A residential buy-to-let property investment has long been regarded as a tax efficient and lucrative method of wealth creation. Anyone who was credit-worthy and had a reasonable deposit could become a landlord. Simple. But things have changed. While property remains...

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Solicitors and Solicitors

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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