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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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Change for the better

It is often said that people don’t like change. Don’t you believe it! They love it. Why else do we constantly upgrade our mobile phones, why do we eat at a variety of restaurants, why do we always want to see the latest films or drive the newest car? Because we like...

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Oakfield Estate Agents Launch New Look

Oakfield Estate Agents has undergone a complete brand review and has today unveiled its new logo to support its evolution to a leading Estate Agent; covering residential sales, lettings and block management across Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. The new brand...

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A feeling of space

Unlike their continental counterparts, British tenants do not generally take account of the square footage of a house or flat when renting their next home. Nevertheless, spaciousness is often a priority and invariably comes at a premium. So if you are letting your...

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Our Eastbourne branch has moved

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our Eastbourne branch has moved to a larger premise on Cornfield Road. Oakfield first opened our doors in Eastbourne in 2009 and with growth year after year we have been looking for a larger premise for some time and we are...

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Congratulations to Richard Snatt and Welcome to Phil Hall

Before we head off for Christmas we have some exciting changes in our Bexhill branch that we wanted to share with you all. Firstly, I am delighted to announce that Richard Snatt our Sales Manager in Bexhill has been promoted. With immediate effect Richard will take on...

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Oakfield Christmas awards

On Saturday 3rd December Oakfield held our annual Awards presentation and Christmas party evening at Leeford Place Hotel in Battle. This year we also celebrated 20 years of Oakfield the evening was an exclusive Black tie event with all staff attending along with...

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Market report – December 2016

What a year it’s been! The words Brexit and Trump have caused division and confusion on a global scale and the political landscape as we enter 2017 is very different to the one we are used to. Despite these surprises, the UK property market has remained remarkably...

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Knocking through

Many people buy a property that is generally well suited to their needs, but could be improved with the removal of one or more internal walls. The removal of an internal wall can not only open up additional space by combining two otherwise small rooms, but it can also...

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The benefit of independence

“Location, location, location” may be the cornerstone of wise property investment, yet many people are unaware of the importance of location in making the right choice of letting agent – whether as landlord or tenant. Letting agency is an intensely local business. It...

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Home Exchange

One way of taking advantage of the value in your home is to save money by using it as a holiday destination. Not for you of course, but for someone else! Home exchange is an increasingly popular and flexible way of cost-effectively securing suitable holiday...

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Gas – The Landlords Responsibility

Whilst both gas and electricity can be lethal, from a landlord’s perspective, the law relating to gas safety is more stringent than it is for electricity with substantial fines or even imprisonment for of the breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)...

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