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First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing the best possible rent –quickly. Most tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal...

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Oakfield take over management of St Leonards block

Oakfield are thrilled to announce that we have been appointed as the new managing agents of a block of 11 flats on the seafront in St Leonards. This block is a great addition to our portfolio and follows the addition of a number of new blocks to our portfolio this...

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Property Particulars

Many people think that agents’ property particulars are designed to give a comprehensive overview of a property that is on the market. We believe this is not strictly the case, and that their role is to encourage people to inspect a property that might be suitable for...

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ARLA Propertymark Conference 2017

This year’s ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) Propertymark Conference took place at London’s ExCel centre on Tuesday 28th April 2017. Oakfield were represented by myself Neil Newstead our CEO, Samantha Hensher our Financial Director and our Branch...

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CMP Mandatory for Agents

This week, Government announced that it intends to make Client Money Protection (CMP) mandatory for all letting agents. SAFEagent has campaigned for the last six years for this decision, which will protect consumers by ensuring all agents holding rent money and...

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Market Report – March 2017

This year’s spring market can hardly be regarded as a typical. Traditionally, spring has always been regarded as the busiest time of year for the property market. And whilst you might have read headlines about the strength of the market, this does not necessarily...

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7 Step Guide to a Successful Spring Clean!

Spring is here and with Spring comes the urge to give your house a good old fashioned spring clean. A cleaner more organised house means you will be less stressed when trying to relax in your home. We do however know how daunting it can be when faced with the prospect...

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Buying to Let Continued

As pension funds shrink, many people are considering buy-to-let as a viable alternative, and with good reason. The effect of low interest rates and a historically rising property market make buy-to-let one of the most attractive investments accessible to the public....

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Should I Withdraw my Property following an Offer?

We are often asked by our clients whether they should withdraw their property from the market once an acceptable offer has been made. There are a number of angles on this subject which should be considered in the context of each specific set of circumstances. Firstly,...

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Government Ignores Property Crisis

Wednesday’s budget was noticeable for the absence of any mention of the housing market. This oversight was met with derision from almost every organisation with an interest in the property sector. There has been a succession of housing ministers over recent years,...

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Enter the Spring

Spring is traditionally a time of change. Brighter and longer daylight hours make house-hunting easier for working people, and sellers naturally want their property to look its best. Job-hunters, who wanted to secure their Christmas bonus before seeking employment...

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Buying to Let

Our last article considered the benefits of buying to let in principle. Here we consider some practical elements: Attitude: Buying to let is a long-term investment. So don’t over-stretch yourself, because if you had to sell in the short term you would almost certainly...

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Market Report – February 2017

“Slow Growth with Strong Demand” Everyone knows that the balance of supply versus demand exerts the greatest influence over property values. Yet, as we approach the spring market we find ourselves in a situation where the annual rate of house price growth is at its...

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Open House

The keys to selling any property are price, location and exposure. You can’t change the location of your property, and the market determines the price. However, your agent can make significant inroads into how powerfully your property is exposed to the market. One of...

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Congratulations Lucy

Huge congratulations to another one of our apprentice’s this time we are celebrating the success of Lucy White who has received a promotion to Lettings Negotiator. Lucy, who has been working for Oakfield since April 2016, is currently working as an administration...

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What is wrong with Rightmove?

There’s no question about it, buyers visit Rightmove and Zoopla because they provide easily-searched access to properties currently available for sale. Or do they? Certainly property portals are efficient and estate agents have embraced them for many years as being an...

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Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

The government has stepped in to clear up misunderstandings emerging from the Housing White Paper following its high profile call for longer tenancies in the private rental sector. Housing minister Gavin Barwell has now told industry publication Inside Housing that...

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Should We Accept The Offer?

When you are planning to move house it can be tempting to accept the first buyer who comes along with an attractive offer. However, buyers come in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to assess your purchaser’s ability to perform before accepting any offer,...

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Apprentice success

Congratulations to two of Oakfield’s apprentices Molly Griffin and Patrick Woolgar whom have today both received promotions. Molly and Patrick joined Oakfield in the Summer of 2016 as part of our new apprenticeship programme with Sussex Coast Collage. Molly joined our...

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2017 Lease Conference

On Wednesday 1st February 2017 Neil Newstead attended the 15th annual Lease conference in London along with Rachel Evans, Molly Griffin and Emily Gillam of our Block Management team. Attended by professionals of the block management industry as well as many...

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Don’t be scared by the Legals

When you decide to move, you are probably focussed on the benefits you will enjoy from your new property, or the relief of finding a solution to some of the issues associated with the old one. It could be issues such as too much or too little space, proximity of...

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Market report January 2017

Whilst many of us might have understandably had quite enough of Brexit/Trump inspired news, here is one aspect of these that is extremely reassuring in respect of the UK property market! Such tumultuous news, almost daily, with so many angles and such far-reaching...

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Ask the expert

As you look through the pages of most property-related newspapers and magazines, you are likely to come across one survey or another that seeks to prove how various property improvements add a certain percentage to the value of a property. There has recently been a...

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The Meaning of Service

Most lettings agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of tenants”, and they pride themselves on their ability to find the right tenant for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the landlord. But lettings agency has moved on. Indeed, finding a tenant is...

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