Housing Market Remains Open During 2021 Lockdown

14th January 2021 posted in PROPERTY NEWS

As you will be aware, on Monday 4th January 2021, the Prime Minister addressed the nation, and said that once again, England would be in lockdown. With the lockdown potentially in place well into February, it is natural for people to question how this affects them.

When it comes to property market issues, the team at Country Properties is here to assist you.

Let us assure you that the industry is still operating, and we remain open for business. Our experienced team is here to assist you, and your well-being is our leading priority.

We can help you move safely

In the past year, we have endured a lot, but when it comes to helping people move safely, our team has learned a lot. We are confident we can provide you with the highest standard of service, without compromising on your safety in any way.

If you have questions about the moving process, please get in touch, and we would be more than happy to answer them as best as we can. If you plan on moving soon, rest assured, we are in a position to assist you.

If you are an existing client, and you are in the process of moving, rest assured we will do everything we can to ensure the move continues as smoothly as possible.

Follow Government guidance when moving home

The Government advice regarding moving home is as follows:

  • You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
  • Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.
  • Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

Mark Hayward, Chief Policy Adviser, Propertymark, comments: “We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this new lockdown period, but it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance on how to safely conduct viewings. It is vital that agents operate in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, keep movers and buyers safe and keep the housing market moving through these uncertain times.”

The managing director of Enness Global Mortgages, Hugh Wade-Jones, commented: “It remains business as usual for the UK property market and as a result, it’s unlikely we will see any decline in the huge levels of buyer activity seen since last year, nor should we see property prices detract from their current upward trend.”

Hugh continued by saying; “Billions of pounds in property transactions are also currently waiting to be dragged through the system prior to the stamp duty holiday ending. It would have been a disastrous move for the government to have slammed the door in the face of these aspirational homebuyers so close to the finish line and would have no doubt caused a landslide of property transaction fall throughs and a drop in values. Of course, the industry must continue to operate with immense caution and all physical aspects of the home buying journey itself must be treated with kid-gloves. Literally.”

In line with Government guidelines, our Baldock Branch is open and our experienced team is working hard to support you.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 895061 or 01462 742077, or you could email baldock@country-properties.co.uk  or ashwell@country-properties.co.uk.