Property for sale: Estate agents to return to work in major announcement tomorrow

Yesterday the government announced surveyors can return to their work in homes.

Additionally, so can meter readers and plumbers.

Additionally, restrictions have been loosened on who can legally identify buyers and allowed deeds to be signed without in person witnesses.

Charlie Bryant, CEO at Zoopla, comments on the government releasing the English housing market from lockdown: “Opening up the housing market is not just great news for home hunters and estate agents. As well as unlocking £82bn of housing sales stalled in the pipeline, it will provide an all-important boost to the real economy, as housing sales trigger increased spending through builders, tradespeople, removal firms, solicitors and many more.

“Before COVID-19 the housing market was enjoying its strongest start to the year since 2016. By taking these steps, the Government will give confidence to buyers, sellers and renters that Britain is reopening for business and they can do their bit to get the economy moving again.”

Kate Faulkner, chair of the Home Buying and Selling Group, an industry group that has been leading discussions with the government told the Financial Times: “Over the last few days the UK residential [property] industry has been working collaboratively to create cross-industry coronavirus guidance for professionals.

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