October 22, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Refurbishment to...
The capabilities of a good Letting and Managing agent extend far beyond finding tenants, routine repairs and rental accounting.
At scottfraser we have developed a service to match our original philosophy of expertly handling the entire lifespan of our clients investment; from acquisition and refurbishment through letting and management to eventual disposal. Many of our clients have been with scottfraser spanning several decades and our comprehensive service offers a ‘one stop shop’ equipped to expertly manage every aspect of a buy to let investment.
October 09, 2015
Shall I Compare Thee to Another Agent?
Vincenza, Lettings Negotiator at Headington, takes a letting spin on Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Shall I compare thee to another agent?
Thou art more knowledgeable and more accurate.
Rough winds do shake the house adjacent.
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the under floor heating burns;
And occasionally the off-white paint dimm’d.
And sometime downward heating turns,
By chance, or by nature – gardens left untrimm’d.
But thy eternal (twelve month) lease shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that flat thou ow’st;
An extension or renewal offered from the shade,
And your relationship with Scott Fraser grow’st.
So long as men need homes and have eyes to see,
So long live us! And Scott Fraser shall let to thee!
September 25, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Private Rental...
The Private Rental Sector is preparing for another legisiative change, effective 1st October 2015. Here, we explain the key changes in regards to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, as well as Section 21 Notices.
Regulations for the Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Landlords
The Government has introduced the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (2015) to make landlords in the private rented sector in England responsible for ensuring that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are appropriately installed and are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy.
The law will apply to landlords renting residential accommodation to one or more tenants occupying all or part the property as their only or main place to live.
NOTE: The law will not apply to social landlords.
What you or your managing agent need to do
From the 1 October 2015 landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also have to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and includes...
September 22, 2015
scottfraser Blog: Supply, Demand &...
The rise in house prices has accelerated and the rate of growth has been revised to double that predicted at the start of the year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has reported today.
There is a continued crisis of falling supply and increasing buyer demand, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey, with price indicators reaching a 15 month high in August.
September 07, 2015
scottfraser At Home Magazine - Autumn...
Welcome to the Autumn 2015 editorial of our At Home magazine. We hope that you will enjoy the editorial features and the selection of properties for sale and to let in and around Oxford and Witney.
Following the election, the market has settled into a steady rhythm with a reasonable supply of properties as well as buyers and tenants. Once again, the combination of historic University city and transitory population of academic and medical professionals has helped Oxford maintain its position as one of the UK's hottest property markets. Good news for investors, home owners and buyers looking for a home that will continue to see steady capital growth over the next five years.
It's an expensive market place for first time buyers but as my 22 year old son said "you won't be around forever Dad". The bank of Mum and Dad has never been so active!
If you are in the market, interst rates are set to rise in the New Year so now is the time to lock in a low fixed rate mortgage and secure your ideal home.
September 04, 2015
scottfraser Blog: The Value of Routine...
Follwing the successful letting of your property to the perfect tenants for your property, we have handed over the keys and the independent inventory has been signed, sealed and delivered…
But what happens next to keep you up to date with the condition of your property?