Market Update, Virtual Tours and Bake Off 22nd April 2020

It is clear that almost everyone on the planet is worried about the spread of the virus and taking every step possible to limit its spread. Our thoughts go out to those who have suffered losses and our gratitude goes out to the amazing front line health service providers who are risking their lives to keep us safe.

Another worry for many is how will the economy look once restrictions are lifted. Whilst it is very difficult to predict in such unprecedented circumstances, the housing market is showing positive signs so far.

Whilst we have seen a small number of properties withdraw from the market, and a small number of sales fallen through, these account for only 13 of the 367 properties currently on our books. The remaining buyers and sellers all seem to be confident of things picking up and are still keen to move once they are able to do so safely and legitimately.

Having spoken with other agencies around the region, as well as Rightmove and the head of Property Mark, this is a message being echoed around the country. 

In the meantime, we are taking all steps possible to ensure that people are keeping safe and limiting the spread. We are still managing requests for viewings and valuations, but these are being put in the diary for when the lock down is lifted or we are undertaking desktop valuations.

We are also in the process of creating Video Virtual Tours on all our properties that are presently for sale. These are short videos which show the best features of a property and give the feel of a walk around visit, all done safely from the comfort of your own home. Rightmove is focussing on properties that have utilised this type of technology, highlighting those which have this feature available on their portal (See below).

It is in times like this that we need to pull together as a country and show that we will not be beaten by anything. Next Friday, we should have been having our second charitable event to celebrate our 50th anniversay. We had planned to have a Bake Off, organised by Charlotte and Michelle. This had followed our 5 a side football tournament which raised over £850 for Nenna Kind and Pathways of Chesterfield. We understand that charities are also finding this time difficult, and therefore we have planned to go ahead with a virtual bakeoff between our staff. We will post more details on Facebook in the coming days, but please keep an eye out and try and support if at all possible. If you also fancy sending us a picture of a cake you have baked recently, send it in to info@wilkins-vardy.co.uk and we'll post on social media. We know that baking supplies are hard to find at the minute, so we are competing for the title of 'Most Innovative Cake'.

In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves.

Kind regards,

 

Dan Elliott

Managing Director

Market Update, Virtual Tours and Bake Off