The Government has announced that viewings and valuations on properties can now go-ahead in our local area . This is excellent news for our community.
Since lockdown, Callaghans have been monitoring the constantly evolving Covid-19 situation. With the office doors locked and movements so restricted, enquiries did decrease somewhat. However email, website and Rightmove traffic have remained active throughout.
We are greatly encouraged by the number of valuation requests Callaghans have received throughout lockdown, and we thank you for your patience and for the new business. On the eleventh hour, the Government announced that viewings and valuations may be carried out and consumers ARE able to move house. This is GREAT news for us all.
The announcement during the last few days is a really positive move towards business as usual. In this early phase of return, there will be a different sales pace to that of the first quarter of 2020, but fundamentally the market will move. Boards will go up, and importantly, come down again after completion has taken place.
Callaghans have implemented risk averse processes that together, with legal and conveyancing teams, tradesmen and removal companies, will allow us to get the moving process underway. We can now finally, address the pent-up demand on our properties, and respond more proactively to new business. Callaghans will adhere strictly to government guidelines and we will be issuing new viewing procedures on our website. All viewers and vendors will receive a copy by email, prior to their appointment. This is not the time to relax safety precautions. We must work together safely.
The housing market receives fairly constant negative press, a slump is presumed and promoted by many. However it is important, to remember that this is not the slow crash we observed in 2008. The market has been paused, not stopped. Indeed, from the valuation and viewing enquiries received, the extended period at home has given many, time to think exactly what their property aspirations now look like.
New customers include those with ageing families and friends, young grandchildren, all of whom have endured a period of separation at distance. These customers are now searching for properties big enough to live together or at least a lot closer together.
For others with investment properties, the holiday rental market has worked well in partnership with companies such as Air BNB, but now enquiries to sign up a more long-term tenant, if only until travel restrictions are lifted is a preferable option.
With the positive enquiries, there are also, unfortunately, those who need to sell homes to ease the financial pressure that Covid-19 has placed on their household. We are sympathetic to this and do appreciate the relief a smooth sale would bring during such stressful times. Callaghans are experienced in the sale and letting of any commercial spaces that are left untenanted at short notice. The requests are wide ranging in the emails received, the crucial underlying factor being, that the demand IS there.
The reinvigoration of the housing market overall is something to be upbeat about. Valuations and viewings will appear different, but we will use the virtual world where possible together with careful planning to minimise risk. Should the virtual options we offer be something you are unfamiliar with, do not be put off, we are always available to set you up, and walk you through, step by step.
Lastly, but importantly, Rightmove traffic is up by 45% this morning! We are excited to restart letting and selling to help you find your next home!