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BEWARE THE GIANTS!

When choosing an estate agent to represent your best interests in your sale you have a variety of agency styles from which to choose. However, the greatest differentiator is whether you employ an independent agency or one that is a member of a national “corporate”...

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Welcome Sue

We would like to welcome Sue Hull our independent mortgage adviser. We have asked Sue to join us at our Hastings & Bexhill Branches so that we can provide as many services as we can to our valued customers. Sue can provide advice on all mortgages, life and buildings...

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“Touching Up”

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you go in terms of presentation? Firstly, aim to understand how your property “sits” within the market. Not all tenants have the same criteria, so walk through the house...

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent? Part 5 of 5

In this, our last of five articles in the series looking at the serious consequences of seeking to sell privately or through an internet-agency we look at the importance of the fact that buyers buy by comparison. Remembering the issue of compromise mentioned in a...

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Market Comment – August 2017

August is a tricky time to comment on the property market. The market is usually understandably subdued during prime holiday season, but this is often a self-fulfilling prophesy. This is because those sellers who would have liked to have entered the market during the...

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Anniversaries

This month we have celebrated a few staff anniversaries. Anna Hill our Lettings Progressor joined Oakfield 3 years ago she joined to take on a role that was new to Oakfield and from day one she has made an amazing success of the role. Emma Hawkins celebrated 7 years...

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent? (Part 4 of 5)

This is the fourth instalment in our investigation into why property sellers will always do better using a “traditional” style of agency versus an internet-only approach (not that we regard ourselves as that traditional!) Putting aside issues of mis-valuation and a...

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Accompanied Viewings Highly Preferable

It is incredible that so few agents regularly accompany buyers around a property, leaving it to the seller to do all the work! Not only does this strike us as poor service, but accompanied viewings from a well-trained sales negotiator have a far greater chance of...

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A Quiet Word About Pets

Some homeowners spend thousands of pounds improving their property before going to market, yet they can be oblivious to issues that prospective purchasers could regard as glaringly off-putting. Sometimes we have to point out some home truths if we are to enhance our...

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“VAT on Property Improvements”

The 20% VAT applied to most goods and services is a burden for the private individual. Whilst VAT-registered builders can reclaim the VAT spent on their purchase costs, most homeowners can not, adding significantly to the cost of improving your home. There are...

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WARNING! Up-front estate agency fees do not add up!

If you’re thinking of moving, beware of the latest ploy being used by some a number of desperate agents. It works like this. The agent advertises a surprisingly low commission to entice you, as a prospective seller, to invite that agent to your home with a view to...

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Why Use a “Proper” Estate Agent?

In this article we look at why you should appoint a 'proper' Estate Agent and focus on the aspects of Compromise and Involvement – two factors that only a proper estate agent can deliver. Compromise. Experience shows that, more often than not, people will buy...

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Market Comment – July 2017

Perceptions-v-reality in property can confuse even the best-informed of armchair economists. The latest House Price Sentiment Index from Knight Frank and HIS Markit suggests that approximately twice as many households believe their property value has risen, rather...

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Block Management Addition

This month Oakfield have been appointed as the managing agents of a block in Hastings. We are delighted that we have been chosen by the Directors to take over the management of this block following their decision it was time to change managing agents. Located in...

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“Professional?”

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of letting agents and the number of prosecutions of rogue letting agents is sadly growing at an alarming rate. The industry is largely unregulated, with almost anyone being able to open up a letting business and...

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“The Rental Rush”

The end of the holiday season usually prompts great activity in the rental market and landlords should not only be prepared for this, but also take advantage of it. The summer holiday not only marks the end of the school year, but also the end of a time of employment,...

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Rightmove Live

On Thursday 13th July Neil Newstead our CEO, along with his assistant Emma Hawkins and Samantha Hensher, our Financial Director attended a Rightmove live event at the Guildhall in Winchester. The event was one of a series of events being filmed in front of a live...

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“Who’s Choosing Your Property?”

An Englishman’s home may be his castle – but it is usually a woman who chooses it! 94% of letting agents polled in a recent survey confirmed that it is usually the woman who has the last word in choosing which home they rent! Two of the most important factors that...

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CEO Neil Newstead becomes IRPM Member

It is with great pride we can announce that Neil Newstead, CEO of Oakfield Estate Agents is now a fully qualified member of a The Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) having passed the members exam which is the final of three exams to obtain IRPM...

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“Should I Sell During the Summer Holidays?”

Some sellers feel that if they have "missed" the spring market, they should wait until September before selling their property; but there are solid reasons for marketing your home during the summer. Firstly, your house is likely to look its very best. The bright days...

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“Time for You”

Selling your property is easy. Just advertise it online and wait for the buyers to flock to your door!! If only! Sadly, too many estate agents rely on this approach, which inevitably results in disappointment. Indeed, in some respects, finding the buyer is actually...

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Market Comment – June 2017

Anyone with an interest in the property market generally understands the influence of supply and demand on house prices. Just like any other “commodity”, if everybody wants something that is in generally short supply, the price tends to rise. In the property sector,...

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Too Hot to Handle?

“Phew, what a scorcher” as the tabloids would say. The current hot weather is a mixed blessing; if you’re on holiday, then the warm sunny days certainly bring out the best of the British coast and countryside. But if you’re working either outside or in a...

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“Tenants – Help us to help you!”

Letting agents love the challenge of helping you find your ideal home. Sometimes however, it can be more of a challenge than need be. So if you are looking to rent a property, here are a few guidelines that will really help us to help you: Turn up for viewings at the...

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