Posted on May 15, 2020 at 7:15 AM
More than 1,000 readers responded to a Property Industry Eye poll yesterday which sought to find out what agencies are doing about opening back up for business and how people feel about the reopening of the housing market.
In a starkly damning result, almost 56% of the readers who took part believe that, in the context of Covid-19, it is unsafe for the government to have reopened the market.
27% said they do consider it safe to have reopened; and 17% ‘don’t know’.
Question: In the context of Covid-19, do you consider it safe to have opened the housing market at this time?
The Government updated its home buying and selling guidance on Wednesday, asking agents to favour virtual viewings initially but stating that sales could be progressed.
Branches can reopen and physical viewings can take place as long as social distancing measures are followed.
65% of respondents said their branches will be open by the end of May.
35% said they will not be open by then.
There may be some correlation between the numbers considering the opening of the market to be unsafe and those who are choosing to wait a while before reopening their branches.
Judging by the comments to be seen in the pages of EYE this week, it is clear that a significant proportion of people are choosing to play it safe in their judgement and hold back from getting back to business.
Question: Will your estate agency branches be open to the public by the end of May?
In response to whether agents will be using physical viewings or virtual viewings, 54% will do physical and 46% virtual. Some of these agents will be using a combination of both.
Question: Will you use physical and/or virtual viewings?
Protecting staff and customers is a priority for the overwhelming majority of respondents.
91% of staff will be provided with personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and gel in the workplace and for use during appointments.
That does leave a 9% proportion who will not be making PPE provision.
Question: Will staff be provided with PPE (masks, gloves, gel etc) in the workplace or on appointments?