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My 2021, property predictions

My 2021, property predictions

It is hard to believe that when I was predicting the property market for 2020 a year ago, we had just left the turbulent year of 2019 which latterly had been taken over with Brexit and the General Election.
I was looking forward to 2020 and expecting a buoyant property market, and it certainly started that way until Covid-19 forced us to close our doors and adopt new ways of working whilst people in the main turned their homes into their office too.
So what do I predict will happen to the property market during 2021 – when life will hopefully re-gain some sense of normality once the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out at pace.

Christmas Traditions around the world

Christmas Traditions around the world

Christmas 2020 is looking to be a Christmas like no other as a result of Covid-19. At David Phillip Estate Agents we have had to change some of our Christmas Traditions – the office party won’t be until Spring (we did have a lovely afternoon tea from Betty’s in the office) there’s no visiting Castle Howard to see the beautiful Christmas decorations and the tree, and the Harewood House Experience is a lot different too with its decorations too this year.
We have managed to visit RHS Harlow Carr Garden Glow though and I am looking forward to the Bolshoi Ballet Nutcracker at Everyman on Sunday!
The Christmas trees in Bramhope are looking lovely this year, and everyones seem to have gone up much earlier this year too – at home ours has been up over three weeks now!
So in the UK we are really making an effort to stick with the Christmas traditions that we are able to do – which had me wondering what other traditions might be taking place this Christmas around the world. Here are a few

Selling your home during Covid-19 – an update

Selling your home during Covid-19 – an update

This week the Government introduced the three tier system for England to help control the speed of Covid-19. Regions are now classed as medium, high or very high, which means that many people are living under different local lockdown restrictions. As I am writing, Leeds is currently on Tier 2, meaning that you can’t meet with anybody outside your household or support bubble in an indoor setting but does this mean that you are restricted to buying or selling a home at this time too?
The answer is – No, you can move house during local lockdowns even if you are living in a tier 3 (very high) area, which Leeds currently isn’t.

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‘One month on’ after re-opening from Covid-19  lockdown – David Phillip Estate Agency

‘One month on’ after re-opening from Covid-19 lockdown – David Phillip Estate Agency

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:-

Release of pent-up demand leads to Rightmove’s busiest ever day on May 27th

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.

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