Welcome to my blog. I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and give a little background about who I am.
My name is Jacquie Edwards. I am an active property sourcer and manager in Oxford. I absolutely love property and am passionate about providing quality investment opportunities to my clients and quality homes to my tenants. I believe that everyone deserves to have a decent place to live and want to raise the standard of privately rented homes. But I don't want to do this at the expense of the property owner. I believe that by providing a well maintained home to tenants an investor is able to increase the value of their home and attract better tenants that will take better care of the property.
I've been in the Oxford area for over 2 years now and I love it. I'm originally from the US, a tiny town called Iron Mountain in Michigan - in the cold cold north of the country. I moved to the UK in 2007 (or 2006...it's hard to remember now) with my old employer (PricewaterhouseCoopers). I lived in London for a few years and then started my own accountancy consulting business which brought me out to Oxford. I was originally only coming for 4 months, but I fell in love with the area and haven't looked back.
One of the major things I noticed when I first moved to Oxford was the lack of decent house shares for professionals. Because I was only going to be in the area for 4 months - I just wanted to rent a room in a shared house during the week and return to my place in London on the weekends. When I came to have a look at places in Oxford I was shocked. Even though I was looking at non-student houses where all of the tenants were young professionals - the quality was appalling. Most of them were basically student homes that now had non-students living in them. They were dark, dirty, with outdated fixtures and fittings. AND the prices were about the same as what I was renting rooms out for in London.
That's what gave me the first nudge in the direction of property investing. But more than just investing - helping both the landlords and the tenants to get the best out of the house. I provide a unique service that is very different from the property management provided by letting agents. I provide the landlord with guaranteed rents and become the tenant -paying him directly every month. I also take care of all of the maintenance in the property to ensure that it is kept to the highest standard - and I pay for all of it. There is no recharge or cost to the landlord. Then I put my professional tenants into the property after a thorough credit and reference check. Also, all of the houses have cleaners and gardeners to ensure they are kept in good condition.
I'm Jacquie the Property Go-To Girl. I am passionate about property. I love to help people make the most out of their property investments!