Covid-19 has changed the way people work and live, we hope that people are weathering the storm, staying safe and adapting to the new ‘normal’ When David and I opened our Estate Agency business in Bramhope at the end of 2018, who would have thought a little over twelve months on when Covid-19 resulted in a lockdown, a ‘short term’ business pause, followed thankfully by just over a month of our office being open again, we are now working in the new ‘normal’ way too. I am using this morning (Trudy is back in the office for the first time which is great for us) to reflect on how things have changed in the Estate Agency world and how our business was thankfully future-proofed from the start to allow for a new normal way of working. People sell houses, enabled by the best technology and modern sales techniques was our mantra right from the start – this is serving us well in the following ways:-
A brand-new, high-tech, interactive product, created by UK based Boost3D, is helping to revolutionise the property market, as estate agents offer prospective house buyers multi-user live 3D tours.

The Cedars Bramhope

26th June 2020
Please see our 3D virtual tour showing a great opportunity to acquire a most attractively presented semi-detached bungalow offering flexible, spacious accommodation on the ground and first floors, located in a sought-after residential area near to regular bus services. The accommodation downstairs has a formal spacious lounge, a dining kitchen with integrated appliances, two bedrooms (optional study) and a modern shower room with "walk-in" shower. On the first floor there is a light and spacious double room with under-eaves and separate toilet with wash hand basin. The other single room has built-in wardrobes. (Please be advised that whilst both rooms on this level have been used as bedrooms, the conversion was carried out prior to the sellers' ownership and therefore there is no paper trail for the conversion). Outside the wider than average single garage is approached drive providing off-street parking and the front and rear gardens are low maintenance. The accommodation is offered with a gas fired heating system and the windows are UPVC sealed double glazed.
Home momentum has been building rapidly in the two weeks since the housing market properly re-opened – this had led to a number of records being achieved on Rightmove. Both the number of visits and the amount of time people are spending on Rightmove has achieved new highs. On Wednesday May 27th visits exceeded 6 million in a day for the first time, which is up by 18% on Wednesday May 29th last year. The busiest day for time spent on Rightmove was Saturday May 23rd with over 47 million minutes spent collectively. In the new survey, Rightmove has found a wave of new buyers now entering the market since before lockdown – of those people who had no plans to move earlier in the year, over a quarter of them (28%) are now saying they are planning to move.
When talking to friends and family, it appears that during Covid-19 lockdown, people are having a massive de-clutter of their homes and generally a really good spring clean – this is really helpful if you are looking to sell your property once lockdown is over and the property market returns to some sort of normality. But if you don’t want to be spending day after day doing housework, it is possible to o it all in one day! – so here goes
I have been watching with interest that some Estate Agents have started to use 3D virtual tours out of necessity due to the Covid-19 virus. At David Phillip Estate Agents though we have been using 3D virtual tours as part of the customer experience since we launched our business – not out of necessity but because we think it enhances the process for both the Buyer and the seller.

Virtual Valuations

14th April 2020
During this time of lockdown during Covid-19, we know from our viewing stats from Rightmove that people are still looking at properties online – you may also be thinking of selling your home at some point too, but due to the Government restrictions are unable to move things forward. Even so, you may want to set the ball rolling by finding out how much your property is currently worth.
As a person who likes variety, meeting people and lots of challenges, the Covid-19 Lockdown was something that I thought would be a different ‘challenge’ to me, so one week one I thought I would write an update on my progress and how my priorities have changed
The first daffodils of Spring appeared in our garden at the weekend, and the sun was shining too! If you are looking to sell your property at this busy time of year around Easter then it is important to not only get your home market ready but also your garden too. At David Phillip Estate Agents based in Bramhope, North Leeds we have the following tips to ensure your garden looks lovely for any property viewings you may have up to Easter and beyond
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