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Coronavirus puts sales on hold

But Wilsons phone lines remain open

The Government has, very understandably, put the brakes on the housing market until the coronavirus restrictions are over, telling people to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow viewings. In new guidance, the government said it was urging buyers and sellers who are involved in sales already agreed, to “adapt and be flexible” by discussing provisional new moving dates.

“Where the property is currently occupied, we encourage all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus will no longer be in place,” the guidance recommended. It said many banks have agreed that mortgage offers should be extended where delay to completions will occur. For those with properties available on the market, it said there “should be no visitors to your home” for viewings or valuations although people are of course free to speak to estate agents over the phone and conduct virtual viewings.

During the last few days we have made contact with all of our sellers and buyers to discuss the way ahead which remains very uncertain. We will also follow developments closely and continue to advise all concerned as best we can. If any of our clients and customers, present or future, wish to discuss the situation in further detail, please call us on 01823 324324 and we’ll be delighted to respond.

By Chris Willey

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