COVID Guidelines

Following the UK lockdown announcement we can confirm we are still operating.

To remain COVID safe have implemented the following guidelines for our operators:

Social distancing measures observed at all times
Hand sanitisers to be carried by all operators and used regularly
No knocking on vendors doors/interacting with vendors unless absolutely necessary
No visiting of branches
Face coverings/masks to be worn where possible
One person per van, unless those people live in the same household

Please ensure your customers are aware that we will be enforcing strict social distancing to protect all involved. We politely request they do not approach our operators, and boards are left in easily accessible locations for collection when required.

Thank you to all our clients for their continued patience during this time.

UK property market lockdown March 2020

The latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index, has with no surprise revealed a significant slowdown across the UK property market, as the March lockdown took effect.

March, which is traditionally a robust period, saw national month on month figures for new listings ‘For Sale’ fell to -16.1%. Figures for properties ‘Sold’ also fell to -15.8%. The Property Activity Index’s archives also show us that this month’s activity is the slowest on record for March, but the data is heavily affected by suspension of services.

The downward trend continued across the UK, with all regions recorded by the Property Activity Index reporting declines both properties ‘For Sale’ and ‘Sold’. 

A resilient Yorkshire and Humberside reported the smallest decline with figures for properties ‘Sold’ at -9%.

Of the remaining 12 regions the smallest declines in this month’s index were reported by:

New listings ‘For Sale’

  • East Anglia -10.6%
  • North West -12.9%
  • Central England -16.2%

Properties ‘Sold’

  • Central England -10.4%
  • South West -10.0%
  • East Anglia -12.8%
  • North East -16.6%

The largest decline in activity was reported in Wales. Figures for new listings ‘For Sale’ fell to -17.6% and properties ‘Sold’ at -26.2%. The North East followed suit with new listings at -21.3% and properties ‘Sold’ at -16.6%. However, both regions currently remain buoyant over a three-month rolling period and both have seen an increase in year on year activity.

Commenting on the latest index results, Stephen Watson, Chairman of Agency Express said: 

March’s data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index, has as expected returned significant declines. This is partly due to the natural slowdown that occurred as COVID-19 virus gained momentum. However, towards the latter end of the month our figures are heavily affected by our suspension of services. So, on this basis is it hard for us to give a true reflection of this month’s activity. Moving forwards, as anticipated, we don’t expect to see any immediate changes or growth and our figures will be heavily impacted by the suspension of services for the fourth coming months.

Monthly % Changes for March 2020

% Changes for Jan - March 2020

New Listings
% Change over last 12 months vs Previous 12 months

Properties Sold
% Change over last 12 months vs Previous 12 months

New ListingsProperties Sold
Mar 20Mar 19Mar 20Mar 19
Central England-16.215.8-10.414.7
East Anglia-10.611.1-12.821.1
East Midlands-18.211.6-17.613.5
North East-21.322.1-16.635.3
North West-12.97.8-17.78.6
South East-19.510-16.713.5
South West-16.814.2-10.99.9
West Midlands-18.125.2-18.124.8
Yorks & Humber-16.95.5-910.6
New ListingsProperties Sold
Jan -
Aug 20
Jan -
Mar 19
Jan -
Mar 20
Jan -
Mar 19
Central England15.524.312.921.1
East Anglia16.527.613.426.3
East Midlands12.526.910.624.4
North East12.526.67.533.3
North West7.3266.921.7
South East1222.88.920.9
South West14.826.310.920.1
West Midlands11.627.96.122.9
Yorks & Humber13.329.31221.7

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