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Buying by comparison

Typically, most people look at about half a dozen homes before making a decision as to which one they should buy. Some people look at just a couple, and others spend months considering each and every one of the dozens of properties that come on the market within their...

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What is section 20 consultation

Section 20 (S20) is a clause in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 intended to protect leaseholders from paying unnecessarily large sums for work carried out to their building. In summary it says that a leaseholder's contribution to the cost of work will be capped if...

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Why use an ARMA Agent?

It is worth remembering that residential leasehold sector is unregulated. Anyone can set up as a managing agent and start collecting service charges without the relevant qualifications and experience. That is why ARMA introduced a new self-regulatory regime called...

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Showing a property

Some people feel that flats and houses should be able to “let themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by letting agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional properties, or where achieving the optimum rent is not an issue, most properties require the...

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Stamp duty

Stamp duty originated in the 17th century when duty stamps could be purchased and attached to a transactional document to prove that any tax due on the transaction had been paid. Today, tax relating to the purchase of land is known as “Stamp Duty”, or, more correctly...

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What does viewing feedback really mean?

Landlords often approach us after an unsatisfactory experience with another agent, particularly in relation to poor levels of feedback following property viewings. Surely, prompt and constructive feedback should be a fundamental part of any letting agent’s service to...

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Independence Day

On 4th July each year Americans go to town on celebrating their national pride on Independence Day. And well they might, as independence is wonderful thing – not only for countries! As independent estate/letting agents we experience daily what it is to be free of the...

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Brexit – Safe as Houses?

Be it the outbreak of war, Black Monday, 9/11, or 7/7, historically momentous events always send shock waves that appear to threaten the very backbone of our nation and especially its economy.? Brexit is no different, and there has been much talk about the potentially...

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Brexit Effect on Housing and Beyond

Finally, the Brexit Referendum is upon us and voters are faced with arguably the most important decision in a generation – stay in the EU or leave? The answer, at least from a property perspective is unequivocal with the majority of economists recommending that we...

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Getting the Most out of Your Property Investment

Superficially, lettings could be seen as relatively straightforward, and some firms do indeed regard themselves as a simple broking operation. However, if your investment is going to provide you with peace of mind as well as a great return, then you will want to know...

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Why Overpricing May Leave You Out Of Pocket

As a seller, it is tempting to accept the highest estate agent’s valuation you receive. However, there are three sound reasons why you should avoid overpricing your home initially, as overpriced property often ends up selling for less than it otherwise might have....

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Fair wear and tear

The terms “fair wear and tear” appears on most tenancy agreements. But what is fair toa landlord may not necessarily appear fair to a tenant, and vice versa. In general terms it is usually understood that fair wear and tear means that in regard to any apparent damage...

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Maximising Your Sale Prospects

The vast array of property-related TV programmes proliferating our screens is certainly an indication of our appetite for home improvement. Presumably this has something to do with pride of ownership and making the most out of “an Englishman’s home is his castle”....

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A day in the life of… Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans – Senior Block Manager Rachel Evans joined Oakfield in January 2013 as an accounts administrator for our Block Management portfolio. After excelling in this role and developing an outstanding knowledge of both Block Management in general and of the blocks...

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A word to Landlords about presentation

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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Personal Accountability

Properties are as unique and distinctive as the people who buy them. So when selling yours, it is most important that your estate agent has a thorough understanding not only of your property, but also of the needs and preferences of every buyer who views it. It is...

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Rent by the Road

Location, location, location is the somewhat overused maxim applied by many as a rule of thumb when selecting a property. However, a closer look reveals that a compromise in this principle can produce significant benefits for tenants in the Kent and Sussex area....

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ARLA Conference

Samantha Hensher, Financial Director, Chloe Fox and Emma Bailey Branch Managers attended the annual ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) conference on Tuesday 12th April. The conference was located at a brand new location, due to expanding number of...

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SAFEagent Awareness Week 2016

Oakfield are delighted to announce we will be taking part in the annual SAFEagent Awareness which is set to take place from 6th to 10th of June, and coincides with the 5th anniversary of the consumer protection campaign. SAFEagent Awareness Week 2016 is an annual...

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How long has it been on the market?

One of the first things a buyer will ask an estate agent when offered a property is “How long has it been on the market?”, and with good reason. Buying a property is a large transaction and it takes courage to commit to undertake such an apparently huge decision –...

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