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Safe Agent Awareness Week

Today marks the start of Safe Agent Awareness Week. The event runs from 21st – 25th May 2018 and is to raise awareness for Landlords and Tenants to ensure they use a Managing Agent who is registered with a recognised Client Money Protection Scheme. The law is changing...

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Holding the Sale Together

It is well documented that, nationally, around 30% of all sales arranged fail to reach a successful exchange of contracts. Fortunately, our success rate is better than this average! However, the sales cycle can be frustratingly slow and the longer the sale takes, the...

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Royal Wedding Good News for the Property Market!

We British love a royal wedding! The unifying effect of such an event as this weekend’s, in which millions of people are interested (ok, not everyone of course) usually generates a feelgood factor that spreads throughout the economy. This wedding is no different and...

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Royal Wedding Good News for the Property Market!

We British love a royal wedding! The unifying effect of such an event as this weekend’s, in which millions of people are interested (ok, not everyone of course) usually generates a feelgood factor that spreads throughout the economy. This wedding is no different and...

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Tenant Decoration

Tenants often ask if their landlord will allow them to redecorate the property. On the surface, this is a reasonable question and should generally not send alarm bells ringing in the landlord’s ear. Firstly, if the tenant wishes to redecorate, this suggests that they...

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ARLA Propertymark Conference 2018

On the 17th April I attended the annual arla propertymark conference and exhibition alongside Branch Managers Hannah Stanbridge, Chloe Taylor and Charlotte Osborn. The event with 1200 attendees was opened with a keynote presentation from Parliamentary under-secretary...

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April 2018 Market Report

Historically, the fresh green leaves on the trees and the warmth of the welcome spring sunshine herald a spring in the step for the property market. And this year seems no different, despite its wobbly start! The fundamentals are certainly there to support an...

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Smarter Ways of Getting Your Price

One of estate agency’s fundamental tasks is to secure the highest price that an able purchaser will pay for your property in a given market. In an ideal world, we would have a hot-line to Camelot who would feed us with a regular supply of lottery winners prepared to...

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The Benefit of Indepencence

“Location, location, location” may be the cornerstone of wise property investment, yet many people are unaware of the importance of location in making the right choice of estate agent – whether buying or selling. Estate agency is an intensely local business. It is...

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Save Time by Helping Your Estate Agent

Buyers often waste an inordinate amount of time viewing property that is either too expensive or blatantly wrong in other critical ways. Additionally, more than 30% of UK property-sales fall through due to buyer or seller suddenly changing their minds. Both these...

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Valuation Versus Value

Estate agents’ market valuations are usually free, and because of this, it is very tempting for prospective sellers to invite a number of agents to comment and then select the agent that suggests the highest likely sale price for the property. However, we advise...

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March 2018 Market Comment

Like the snow, the property market seems a little unsure as to what it’s doing, with the Office for National Statistics reporting a fall in UK property prices of 0.3% last month (0.5% in England), and property price growth slowing slightly from 5% to 4.9%. However,...

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The Weakest Link?

Many property transactions form part of a chain of related sales. Of course a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and, as a national statistic, unfortunately one in every three chains will fall apart, often at the eleventh hour. This happens for a variety of...

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The Meaning of Service

Most estate agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of buyers”, and they understandably pride themselves on their ability to find the right buyer for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the seller. But estate agency has moved on. Indeed, finding a...

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Easter Colouring Competition

With Easter at the end of this month Oakfield have launched our Easter Colouring Competition. The competition will run until Saturday 30th March and all children that take part will receive a prize when they return their completed coloured picture. One entry at each...

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Important Changes

There is clearly a balance to be had between profitability and compliance for landlords, who are again coming under increasing pressure from legislative changes. Here are our top four current issues that you really should know about: 1: Mortgage Applications for...

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Sell First or Buy? Chicken or Egg?

For homeowners wishing to sell their property and buy another, it’s the classic dilemma – which do you do first, buy or sell? There is probably no all-encompassing answer. Typically, people initially investigate the market to find out what they can buy for their...

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February 2018 Market Comment

Winter may not be behind us yet, but, as far as the property market is concerned, spring is definitely in the air! The latest figures from Rightmove suggest a cautiously positive market. Of the relatively modest 1.5% annual increase in the price of new-to-market...

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Apprentice Success

Congratulations to Jade in our Apprentice in Hastings who has been promoted to Branch Administrator. Jade started with us in May 2017 and very quickly we could see that she was going to do very well. Our Hastings Branch is an extremely busy office and Jade has dealt...

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Preparing your garden for sale

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and the state of your garden is will always make an impact. Not only will prospective buyers be walking around your garden, but it will often make up much of the view from within the property as well. Gardens begin...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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