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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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