Two Friday trios

Two top trios for a sunny autumn Friday afternoon!  Here’s our top three Victorian new instructions picks for this week, along with a treble of of sales we’ve agreed before the weekend. We’ve also been busy researching our clients properties and have found some interesting snippets of Oldfield Park history for each new property. For… Read More



Mailing lists evolved

One of our newest clients called today to let me know they had been chased by one of the other agents she’d had out to value. When told she did not intend to use them and had in fact appointed us, she was rather surprised at their response. Apparently the best they could come up… Read More



Managing expectations in estate agency

Expectations in estate agency After some difficult negotiations during sales recently, we’ve been having quite a few discussions in the office about managing expectations. Here are some of our thoughts on when and with whom do we have to manage expectations within estate agency? manage expectations 1. seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance… Read More



Has Rightmove become the new Tinder?

Has Rightmove become the new Tinder? Are we treating property apps like dating apps? Swipe. Match. Chat. Swipe. Match. Buy? I recently met an applicant who had phoned into the office and booked to see two properties that had caught his eye. Whilst on the viewings, it transpired that these houses wouldn’t suit him at… Read More



How to make your viewers feel welcome

Making your viewers feel welcome to your home is a team effort between you and your agent but the results are crucial to a successful sale or let. First impressions start with the photos your agent takes but there’s also the inevitable drive by inspections before viewings and then the viewings themselves. Whether you’re looking… Read More



Our May Bath property highlights

Trawling through Rightmove, Zoopla and the like will give you a decent overview of choice in the Bath property market but there’s no substitute for a bit of advice from the heart of the local industry. Each partner in our office tends to specialise in different parts of the Bath property market and have visited all of… Read More



Three tips to help you get property viewings just right

How do you get property viewings just right? So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to sell. The brochures look beautiful and enquiries are pouring in but you’re about to get to the really important bit – the viewings. Did you discuss who has the responsibility to do them & how are they going to… Read More



Bite sized estate agency – episode 3

Episode 3 – (Return of the estate agent) of our regular Bath Chronicle bite sized info columns on estate agency in Bath “Property multitasking” “Thanks in part to Mr Osborne’s stamp duty shenanigans for BTL investors and second home purchasers but also to the extraordinarily low supply levels continuing from 2015, the property year in… Read More



Paper advertising vs property websites – August 2013 case study

At Madison Oakley, we are always keen to use all types of media for our clients properties. In many cases, we even delay the start of viewings until we’re certain the property has been exposed to the market and a representative selection of buyers have had a good chance to spot it. However, we also… Read More



What can sellers do to help their estate agent?

If you’re selling your house, have you thought what you could be doing to help your estate agent do the best job they can? Selling a property is often a team effort between you, your estate agent, solicitors, letting agents, tenants, tradesmen and so on. There’s plenty of advice on the internet about the estate agents… Read More