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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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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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