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Interest Rate Rise – Market Comment

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has just announced a rise in the Bank of England base rate of 0.25% - the first increase in over a decade. The base rate is the figure on which mortgage rates in particular are based and a whole generation of aspiring...

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“Buying Old versus New” (Part Two)

Last week’s article looked at the pros and cons of buying a modern home. Here we consider the older property. Over 50% of residential properties in the UK were built before 1939. Their popularity has remained undiminished for decades, and many of our registered buyers...

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Market Comment – October 2017

There is a very different vibe to the property market from last month, with a number of reports suggesting that the market is rapidly changing from being a sellers’ market to what is starting to look a lot like the beginning of a buyers’ market in some areas (although...

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ARMA Conference 2017

Our Head of Block Management Rachel and Property Manager Emily, attended the annual ARMA conference in London on Wednesday and it was a great day full of updates regarding the Property Management sector. The day started with a talk from the headline speaker who was...

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“Buying Old versus New” (Part One)

Buyers tend to have fixed ideas about the style of home they would prefer to buy. Some would not buy anything but a “character home” whilst others prefer a brand new property. In this two-part article, we look at some advantages and disadvantages of each, starting...

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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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Exam Success

We are delighted to announce a number of our staff have recently gained qualifications in their respective fields. As a company we pride ourselves on having experienced, qualified and knowledgeable staff who can provide our Clients with the best possible experience...

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Landlords Beware

Smart investors are keen to snap a bargain. However, whilst it is tempting to go out and buy, buy, buy - a word of caution because it night not be so easy to let, let, let. Finding a tenant is only one aspect of the venture which some landlords feel can be done...

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Touching Up

When the time comes to sell, 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 buyers have the same buying criteria, so walk through the...

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The Right Site

There are still some remarkably old-fashioned estate agents out there who believe that their website has perfectly connected them to the digital age. Yet, on closer inspection, some agents’ websites can actually alienate their customers. We spend a fortune on...

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PROPERTY INFLATION

We recently came across this poem about investing in property, and thought you might find it interesting. Once you have read it, and only then, take a look at the date of first publication. Makes you think! “PROPERTY INFLATION” I hesitate to make a list Of all the...

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Selling Tips for Autumn

As the evenings begin to draw in, sellers should take stock of their property if they are to maximise their chances of securing an early sale. Buyer activity is traditionally very good at this time of year, but your property still needs to compete well if it is to...

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Market Comment – September 2017

The market is stirring. The holidays are now becoming a distant memory, schools are back and anyone who intends to move in time for the New Year is beginning to think about doing so. Although nationally activity levels remain unexciting, and, as a consequence, prices...

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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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