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.

Housing market activity bounces back after Olympics lull

As anticipated, UK property listings and sales recovered during September following a period of unseasonal inactivity thought to have been due to potential buyers and sellers being glued to their TV sets during the recent London Olympics. According to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property Activity Index, month-on-month data for September 2012 showed that UK-wide residential property sales increased by 13%, whilst new ‘for sale’ listings also increased by 17.5% compared to August.

Virtually all the 12 UK regions covered within the Index showed recovery in September with the strongest performers in new ‘for sale’ listings being the North East – up by 25.8%, the East Midlands – up 28.6%, Yorkshire – up 29.3% and the South East which led the way with an increase of 31.3%. For properties actually sold, ten out of the twelve regions again showed month-on-month increases, the exceptions being the North West – down by 2.2% and the East Midlands – down 6.9%. The largest increases were recorded for London – up by 23.2%, the South West – up 26.1%, the South East – up 33.5% and the North East – up by 39.6%.

The upward trend continued for the vast majority of the 22 individual towns and cities covered by the Index. The nation’s liveliest regions for new ‘for sale’ listings were Bristol with an increase of 37.2%, Southampton – up by 40%, Milton Keynes – up 46.3% and Colchester – up by 63.3%. When it came to month-on-month results for properties actually sold in September, compared to August, the best performers were Brighton with an increase of 59.2%, Bristol – up by 67.7%, Coventry – up 69.2% and Newcastle – up by 87.1%

Stephen Watson, Managing Director, Agency Express, commented on the latest Index results saying: “We had our suspicions that the ‘Olympics factor’ was affecting the market last month with figures being unseasonably repressed throughout the UK. September has been a case of back to business as movement returned for both new instructions to sell and for actual completions. Despite this, the market could really do with a period of sustained growth in order to help everyone from first-time buyers to those involved with the construction industry. Although there are different stimulatory moves under discussion – including a relaxing of Stamp Duty for first-time buyers – solid measures have yet to be set in place by the government in order to boost confidence and generate ongoing activity on the required scale.”

Monthly % Changes for September 2012

% Changes for Jul - September 2012

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
Sep 12Sep 11Sep 12Sep 11
Central England11-1.917.21.4
East Anglia13.6-109.70.7
East Midlands28.6-4-6.96.2
North East25.8-2.439.6-18.3
North West15.6-14.9-2.21.2
South East31.3-6.833.5-8.6
South West22.6-1226.1-13.8
West Midlands9.73.12.3-13
Yorks & Humber29.3-8.219.6-11.7
New ListingsProperties Sold
Jul -
Jul 12
Jul -
Sep 11
Jul -
Sep 12
Jul -
Sep 11
Central England-0.8-0.32.8-1.5
East Anglia0.8-
East Midlands7-2.7-2.4-5.4
North East9.9-43.2-11.4
North West3-
South East7.5-8.75.5-8.2
South West2.1-
West Midlands-0.4-3.39.1-8
Yorks & Humber8.1-6.63.7-2.6

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