Countrywide acquires Finders Keepers in Oxford

first_imgCountrywide has increased its regional footprint in Oxfordshire with the acquisition of leading lettings agency, Finders Keepers.The company, which was founded in 1972 by Mary Channer, who is the mother of the firm’s existing Managing Director, Dan Channer, offers a plethora of lettings services and currently managers more than 2,000 homes and boasts a 99.3 per cent occupancy rate.Channer said, “I started Finders Keepers at the age of 27, and now that the digits are almost reversed I feel it is time to retire. This is made easier by knowing that the great team will stay in place and I am confident that Countrywide will be great custodians of the Finders Keepers brand, culture and business.”The acquisition of Finders Keepers forms part of Countrywide’s strategy of expansion through acquisition and organic growth across the UK.Bruce Evans, Commercial Director at Countrywide, said, “The business will be fully integrated within the overall Countrywide retail division giving landlord clients access to our exclusive range of products and services, and the benefit of our strong and secure infrastructure to support both landlords and tenants.”Meanwhile, Countrywide has also made a significant investment in ‘The Buy to Let Business’ to help enhance its offering in the buy-to-let mortgage sector as well as the growing PRS.Countrywide’s investment provides it with a significant stake in the Camberley based ‘The Buy to Let Business’ which which holds ambitions to expand in order to capitalise on growth in the sector.The business, which was established in 2006, registered turnover of £5million in 2015/16 and has achieved average turnover growth of 86 per cent in each of the last three years, placing it among the 50 fastest growing businesses in the UK.Peter Curran (left), Managing Director of Countrywide Financial Services, said, “Countrywide has a clear vision of bringing people and property together, so a focus on providing an exceptional customer experience is central to our values.”Oxford acquisition Countrywide Finders Keepers March 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide acquires Finders Keepers in Oxford previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide acquires Finders Keepers in OxfordCountrywide also makes significant investment in The Buy to Let Business.The Negotiator11th March 201601,372 Viewslast_img read more

Alexander: Ohtani gives fans their money’s worth, and then some

first_imgYes, we are only two starts into Ohtani’s big league career, and in fact two outings against the A’s. (Or should we call them the AAAA’s? You know, too good for Triple-A, not good enough … etc.)But I think it’s safe to say this now can officially be labeled the Ohtani Phenomenon, and it is something that goes way beyond the club’s merchandise sales or marketing agreements with Japanese companies. Baseball’s only two-way player is actually pulling this off, at least so far.As a hitter he has three home runs, which are as many as the Marlins have as a team and more than the Tigers or Royals. (And, shall we say, one fewer than the Dodgers.)As a pitcher, he now has pitched 13 innings, with 18 strikeouts and two walks.And in his second appearance against Oakland in eight days, against hitters who had already faced him once last Sunday in Oakland, Ohtani made them look foolish in taking a perfect game into the seventh inning before Marcus Semien’s one-out single broke it up. He finished with 12 strikeouts, all swinging, in seven innings. ANAHEIM — Before Shohei Ohtani’s second big league start as a pitcher Sunday, I was toying with this concept: The way he’d been hitting the ball in his starts as a DH for the Angels, if you were showing up to see him only pitch you’d almost feel cheated.Never mind.The only ticket-holders to Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s who may have felt regret were those who, for whatever reason, couldn’t use their tickets. Those who showed up among the announced crowd of 44,742 got their money’s worth, and then some, watching Ohtani merely pitch in the Angels’ 6-1 victory.As for those who will claim they were in the ballpark Sunday for his first home start as an Angel? Make them show their tickets and prove it. His four-seam fastball was consistently in the high 90s, up to 99 mph, and seemed to gain steam as the afternoon went on. His splitter was in the upper 80s, and both were punchout pitches; five of his first six strikeouts were on splitters, and his next three were clocked at 99, 98 and 99.“He was throwing the fastball any time he wanted it, and that’s why the hitters feel pressure to swing at his splitter,” catcher Martin Maldonado said.He also threw some sliders in the low 80s, less effectively but good enough to keep the A’s honest. And, just to toy with their minds, he’d mix in a slow curve or two. He started Matt Joyce with a 68 mph offering in the fourth and got a called strike one, a pitch that deserved an “ooooooooh” from the crowd.Asked to recall someone he caught with the same amount of poise and ability to keep hitters off balance, Maldonado came up with a familiar name, albeit one you might not necessarily have expected.“I would say Zack Greinke when I caught him in Milwaukee,” he said. “The way he could hit spots back then … he didn’t have that much speed on his fastball, but he was a really smart guy and can do any pitch on any count, like Shohei.”And to think some of us saw the spring training performances, noted that Ohtani was carefully shielded from big league competition toward the end of the spring, and wondered if he might be better served starting the season in Triple-A.(That probably illustrates why ballclubs generally don’t trust the opinions of those of us in the media when it comes to personnel decisions.)“My favorite thing about him is that when the media was crushing him in spring training, he stayed the course, just like he is right now,” Angels infielder Zack Cozart said. “You couldn’t tell the difference.“That’s what’s so cool about him. He’s so even keel, no matter what’s happening on the field, which for me makes him that much better.”Ohtani, speaking through an interpreter, acknowledged that coming out of that so-so spring training, “I wasn’t really imagining (myself) to be this good, to be honest, but I feel I’m getting better every day. I’m getting used to everything, more and more each day.”Then he said something that suggests we haven’t seen close to the best of Shohei Ohtani.“This is just the first week and everything went well,” he said. “But I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a wall somewhere down the road. Once I hit that wall, that’s where I need to start working harder and figure out what I need to do to get past that wall.”In the meantime, he’ll be trying to go over the wall again. Remember, Ohtani DHs again in a couple of days.And it may be a while, depending on how the Angels manage their rotation, but there will come an interleague game in a National League park where he can hit and pitch the same game.I’d hit him fifth. But I doubt Mike Scioscia will [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more